Peripheral Vision: June 17

The Spurs can count

We’ll just let this—what’s that cool word, swag?—championship shirt do the talking. We all know what the shirt’s referencing.

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Dayories: Puerto Princesa

Brgy. Concepcion is a quiet, coastal town in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It’s almost two hours away from the main city and home to the Bataks, the smallest indigenous group in the province. It’s so quiet and peaceful in Brgy. Concepcion, one area is called Purok Matahimik. Aside from enjoying the ocean or trekking in the jungle, there’s not much to do around the tiny, unassuming barangay.

But of course, you can play ball.

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Tweets of the Day: June 16

I t’s 2007 all over again as the San Antonio Spurs played perfect basketball against a LeBron James-led team to win the NBA championship. Kawhi Leonard got a well-deserved Finals MVP trophy for scoring on and defending the league’s best player, while said best player gets flak for losing not one, not two, but three finals series in his career. But this probably won’t be the last time LeBron will play in a championship series, so to end the 2013-2014 season on a high note (wink, wink), Twitter trolling presents: Michael Beasley with special guest Mario Chalmers!

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Peripheral Vision: June 16

Hug It Out

The real revelation in the Finals is that Kawhi Leonard is actually capable of showing emotions. His celebratory hug with Pops was heartfelt, moving, and filled with gratitude. It was a very special moment for the newly minted Finals MVP. Six years ago today—Father’s Day—his dad was shot to death outside of their carwash business in Compton, California (the case is still unsolved). That’s why the embrace was extremely touching for Kawhi and Pops, who has been nothing but a dear father figure to the entire Spurs.

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Tweets of the Day: June 13

S o Game 4 happened and the defending champs Miami Heat are down 3-1. Pretty boring stuff, really. Aside from Perfect Basketball ™ from the Spurs, Mario Chalmers did Mario Chalmers things, Dwyane Wade did Mario Chalmers things, Kawhi Leonard did LeBron things on LeBron, and Toney Douglas got minutes.

For Game 5, we’re hoping for another blowout if only to see Michael Beasley suit up in garbage time. But with the way the basketball gods have been tripping, it won’t be shocking to see the Big 3–that’s LeBron, Wade, and Bosh in case you’ve forgotten–explode and steal one at the AT&T Center (we’re also still waiting for the Mario Chalmers Redemption Game or the Ray Allen 9 3s Game).

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Focus Training Days EP01

B eing basketball ready isn’t just about lacing up and putting on a jersey. It’s about the hours, days, and weeks of work you put in before stepping into the court.

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Rage Against the (Trade) Machine: Bringing Love to Beantown

Kevin Love wants out? Multiple teams interested? This calls for the Trade Machine!*

Let’s take a quick breather from the NBA Finals and explore trades involving the T-Wolves franchise player—or if you ask Ricky Rubio, just another guy who brings the stats but not the leadership.

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Tweets of the Day: June 11

Three games into the NBA Finals and we know three things: 1. Kahwi Leonard is a silent beast with freakishly huge hands, 2. This series is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable, and 3. Mario Chalmers sucks (unless of course he erupts for 30 in Game 4 to shut us up—totally possible).

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Tweets of the Day: June 10

If reports are accurate, five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher will soon trade his tight-fitting jersey for a three-piece suit as head coach of the New York Knicks. Two reasons why this is fascinating: it’s the Knicks and Fish has zero experience. But, hey, at least he’s not a boxer moonlighting as a congressman and gasp, PBA coach.

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Tweets of the Day: June 9

Ten years ago, “Manny Pacquiao coaching a team named Kia Kamao in the PBA” would’ve been a good punchline for a joke. Fast forward to today, Manny Pacquiao is indeed coaching a team named Kia Kamao in the PBA. We bid the People’s Champ good luck in his new endeavor—he’ll need it when he’s battling Tim Cone and Norman Black.

In other less surreal news, Gilas prospect Andray Blatche shows his passion for doing the laundry and Mario Chalmers, in lieu of buckets, delivers the most electrifying move in sports entertainment.

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