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Pacquiao, the latest pro athlete to make the triumphant comeback ?>

Pacquiao, the latest pro athlete to make the triumphant comeback

At 37, Manny Pacquiao showed he still has the speed, the sting in his punches and the stamina to last the full round after his unanimous decision against deposed WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. Some people may not totally agree when he came out of retirement, just months after declaring it’s over for him in boxing. But we can see that Pacquiao hardly lost a beat against Vargas, whom he dominated with his hand speed, while unleashing his trademark lethal punches…

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Black Mamba Out ?>

Black Mamba Out

Basketball fans from the world over witnessed the royal sendoff of Kobe Bryant during his final game for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday (Manila Time). Frankly, I was no longer surprised to see Bryant drop 60 points against the Jazz. Yes, his body, legs, knees and ankles have taken severe battering during his 20-year NBA career, but one thing that remained a constant for Bryant was his unquestionable will to win. SEE: My list of Kobe Bryant moments And given…

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My list of Kobe Bryant moments ?>

My list of Kobe Bryant moments

As Kobe Bryant capped his storied NBA career on Thursday (April 14 in Manila) with a 60-point outburst in Los Angeles’ 101-96 come-from-behind win over the Utah Jazz, I want to share some of my own recollection of the Black Mamba’s highs and lows with the Lakers. Personally, next to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant is the next great competitor in the NBA all-time. SEE: Saying goodbye to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant No disrespect to other NBA legends like Wilt Chamberlain,…

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Michael Jordan and adversity ?>

Michael Jordan and adversity

Outside my being a sportswriter, I’m also a sports fan. And I’m fortunate to see one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game of basketball — Michael Jordan.        Identifying with Jordan, Presley and Disney By the time he officially retired from pro basketball in 2003 after his two-year return in the NBA via the Washington Wizards, he left the league with a thick resume.

Steph Curry and being perpetual learners ?>

Steph Curry and being perpetual learners

Kobe Bryant’s NBA days are numbered. In a few more years, the 2003 NBA Draft class of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will also ride the sunset. The past 2 years, we’ve seen Golden State Warriors leader and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry’s star rise to epic height following the Dubs’ NBA championship run last year, ending the franchise’s 40-year title drought. In the Sports Illustrated’s February 3, 2016 article, Matt Dollinger had a one-on-one interview…

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Monty Williams and the power of forgiveness ?>

Monty Williams and the power of forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things we could ever do as a human being, especially when you’re at the receiving end of a misdeed. I’ve been married for the past 11 years, and honestly, there were days when I make dumb mistakes and say words I ought not to say or actions I ought not to do to my wife.

Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors and the great leap ?>

Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors and the great leap

It may just be a regular season game, but the Golden State Warriors are making a serious statement that all roads to the NBA championship still lead to them. NBA fans like me waited for the highly-anticipated clash between the Warriors and the Spurs this season. Both teams would have been a great playoff matchup but it never really materialized last season as the Warriors and the Spurs took different routes in the post season.

Saying goodbye to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant ?>

Saying goodbye to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

I gained consciousness of the NBA during the 1980s, back in the days when Earvin “Magic” Johnson, James Worthy, Byron Scott and all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar formed the core of the Los Angeles Lakers’ “Showtime era”. Magic Johnson’s passion for the game and his long, hardcourt rivalry with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics kept me glued on television, even when their games were basically shown on delayed telecast at ABS-CBN or re-runs by GMA-7. When Magic Johnson and…

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