Friday, December 23, 2016

A Conference Call with Jimmy Butler

c/o SLAM Online
Earlier this week, the different international media had a chance to ask questions to star wingman Jimmy Butler. This is in line with the NBA's upcoming Christmas Day festivities, which includes Jimmy's Chicago Bulls as they face the San Antonio Spurs. Although this site didn't ask any question/s, many others took the opportunity to ask the Marquette alum about a variety of things.

Appreciative of the NBA and NBA Philippines allowing this opportunity hear Jimmy's thoughts.

Re: playing against Kawhi Leonard

​I mean, he's a great player overall, not just defender. He plays both sides of the ball extremely well and I just think that the amount of work that we both put into it in the summer and every single day, is the reason our careers have taken off the way that they have. I don't compare myself to anybody else, so like, I have to play well against anybody or anybody else. I just kind of go, every night, I have to do whatever it takes for my team to win. No matter my matchup, as long as we win at the end of the night, it's not who's better than who. It's all about the team winning the game.

Re: playing on Christmas and playing against the Spurs, who had just retired Tim Duncan's number

Yeah, I have played every – my team has been playing every time on Christmas day. I think it's an honor for Tim to have his jersey retired. He was a phenomenal player. I've only heard nothing but great things about him on the floor and off the floor. And you know, going into San Antonio on Christmas Day is going to be tough to get a win on the road, but I think we're very capable of doing that. You know, we look forward to games like this. We're going in as the underdogs, which we're just fine with and we just want to play the game that we love. We just want to compete and get another win on Christmas Day.

Re: the so-called post-Olympics bump and being "the Man" in Chicago this season

​First off, I think the Olympics was a great experience. Just being around so many great guys and looking and watching the way they went about the game, their routines, how hard they worked when they weren't playing in the actual basketball game and just getting to know them on the personal aspect of it, it was huge. It really taught me a lot. And yes, our team is very different this year than last, but I like the group of guys that we have and I'm fine with the role that I'm in now.

I think it's a learning curve for me every single day, just like it is for everybody else this year. You know, with [Rajon] Rondo and D. [Dwyane] Wade here – which are the two that everybody, you know, majority talks about – they're teaching me so much each and every day. And then you know, I've still got young guys that I have to try to mold and try to teach them what it takes to get on the level of Dwyane Wade, of Rondo and how to win. I think that's my job.

Re: Bulls winning and losing games it shouldn't (cites W's vs CLE, SA, Utah; L's vs MIN and DAL) and doing so without the three-point shot (Bulls = 30th in threes made)

​I don't know. I couldn't tell you the reason on why we win some and lose some. Some games, we come out flat, not ready to play. You know, say what you want to say, but I think it happens at times, man. Sometimes you're not making shots. Things aren't going the way you want it to. You put your head down, feel sorry for yourself.

As far as three pointers go, man, I don't pay attention to the statistics. I've never been one to key in on any of that. If you guard, put the ball in the basket, you know, two's, three's, whatever it may be, still win the game. We've proven that we can win games while making one three-pointer throughout the entire game. So you know, for us, it's all about on the defensive end. If we guard the way that we guard on the premier teams like you said earlier, I don't think we'll have a problem beating anybody.

Re: sharing leadership responsibilities with Wade

Yeah. Like I said, there's different ways to lead and to go about it. I think with him, he just knows how to win. He knows what it takes to win a championship. He's done it and he's always, you know, in the gym, taking care of his body. So, you know, myself, the young guys we’re paying attention to it because that's how you get to play as many years as he's played and be the type of player that he's been. It's because he's constantly working every single day, even when he's not on the basketball court.

Re: Trying to improve on his game

To tell you the truth, I don't look at just one thing to improve. I'm not perfect in any aspect of the game as I always say. So I always continue to work on all aspects of my game. I want to be really, really, really good at everything when it comes to being on the basketball court, so the only way to go about that, is continue to work on everything as much and as many chances as you can.

Re: On when to publicly criticize the team if warranted

I think we're all grown men within this locker room, so you know, if you criticize somebody, hopefully they take it for the right way. I don't think the entire time it's great to tell the media, but I mean at times, you know, things happen in the heat of the moment. But I just think – I think everybody wants to do well. I'm never saying that they're doing anything maliciously, but I just think, you know at times, you got to play better.

You got to do your job. You got to play your role, myself included and if you're not doing that, somebody needs to tell you because if nobody does, you don't know that you're doing anything wrong. You thing everything's fine and dandy when it's not and I think that's my job. So what if your feelings get hurt, you know? You're a grown man. Nobody feels sorry for you, so we all got to go out there and do our job.

Re: On his improved play

​I just work hard. That's all it is. Countless amount of hours and time in a gym, in a weight room. To gain confidence, your confidence comes from your work. My college coach Buzz Williams always told me and taught me that and I just got phenomenal basketball training and Chris Johnson, my strength and weight guy, we’re constantly put in work, man. So that's where that comes from. My confidence, my talent, the way I've been playing is because every single day, I'm in the gym trying to get better.

Re: On Manu Ginobili's career and legacy

You know, his career speaks for himself as well. Like Tim Duncan, he'll probably have his jersey retired as well. The way that he plays the game is so smooth and he makes everything look easy. I mean -- he does everything so well. Shoot it, attack the rim. He's athletic, he can pass it, and you know, everybody seems to have fun while playing with him. I'd say more than anything, the role he plays is so big in coming off the bench when he knows that he's a starter. But that's not what his team asks from him and he plays that role to a tee. He's a huge part of that success. He's always a big part in the winning.

Re: On the burden of trying to bring a championship to Chicago like MJ in the 1990s

Nope, not at all. No pressure on me and I damn sure would never compare myself to Michael Jordan. So I don't think that's the way to go about anything. I think that I just go one day at a time and see where today gets me and hope that, you know, hope for tomorrow. But as of right now, I can only focus on the task at hand and of course, yes, I want to win a championship here for this city and we're very capable of doing so. But if we look too far ahead, we're going to get lost for right now.

​It's not really pressuring and I don't think anybody has to say that. I think I want to lead my own legacy. I want to be known for me winning games, not just being in the same organization as Scottie Pippen, as Michael Jordan, as Dennis Rodman, as all those guys. I have my own legacy and story that I'm trying to write. So, yeah, obviously, the goal, the reason you play this game is to win. So obviously, I would like to do that. But I'm not living in the MJ shadow. I'm trying to be the best version of myself that I can be.

Re: the relationship with Wade

Yeah, he's been amazing. He's been great. You watch the way he goes about everything on and off the floor and it's no question why he is the player he is, why he's been to so many All-Star games, All-NBA teams, all the championships. You just feel it in that presence of him being around. And then you just see the way he is off the floor and what he does in his community, in his city and the way he is with his family and I mean, he's just a great human being.

Everybody knows him for the person and the basketball player that he is, but off the floor, just a human being and the love that he gives to everybody, man. That's what makes Dwayne Wade Dwayne Wade. You know, and then he can flip a switch and be a fierce competitor on the court. It's huge, but he's shown everybody why he is a player, why he's had that career and why he's going to continue to be the phenomenal person he is in the community each and every day.

Jimmy Butler's Chicago Bulls play the San Antonio Spurs on December 26, 6AM. The game will be telecast LIVE on both ABS-CBN S+A AND NBA Premium, immediately after the rematch of last two NBA Finals in the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors at 330AM.

For those who can't wake up that early, the Cavs-Dubs game will be replayed at 9AM on BTV.

As for the other Christmas Day games, NBA Premium will show the Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks LIVE at 1AM and Minnesota Timberwolves vs Oklahoma City Thunder LIVE at 9AM. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers vs the Los Angeles Clippers will be on BTV LIVE at 1130AM.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 NBA All-Star Voting kicks off on Christmas

New Orleans hosts the 2017 NBA All-Star Game

There will be a new wrinkle with regards to voting in the NBA All-Game.

Presented by Verizon, casting of ballots for the midseason basketball classic will begin on 11am ET on Christmas (12am December 26 Manila time), before the banner quintuple-header slate of games tips off.

In previous editions, only fans were given the right to select the All-Star Game starters, a tradition that started in the 1974-75 season. The upcoming edition now adds two key constituents to the voting process, in the form of the NBA players and the NBA media.

Each of the two new elements account for 25 percent of the vote, while the fans will account for the remaining 50 percent.

The same procedure remains, every one will have to complete a ballot for each conference, featuring three frontcourt players and two backcourt players. Players will have the chance to vote themselves or their teammates in, if they so choose.

As for the fans, they have a multitude of options as to how they can cast their vote. One can a vote per day on these different platforms:
  • Through, one can fill out a full ballot every 24 hours.
  • NBA app: Available on both Android and iOS, one can pick their fave players every 24 hours.
  • Twitter: Along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE, send either a tweet, retweet, or reply with a NBA player's first and last name, or his Twitter handle. One has a daily limit of ten unique players during this voting period.
  • Facebook: One can post the player's first and last name, as well as the hashtag #NBAVOTE as a status on their Facebook page, or as a comment on a post. Same as Twitter, a daily limit of ten unique players during this voting period is invoked.
  • Google Search: Type in "NBA Vote All-Star" or "NBA Vote *insert team name*" (i.e. NBA Vote Celtics) on the search bar, and there will be a means for fans to pick their fave players. Maximum of ten unique players daily can be voted in during the entire period.

In addition, Chinese fans can also cast their votes through Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs.

Updates on the Fan Vote will be made available on January 5 and January 12 (January 6 and 13, Manila time), with the deadline to being 1159pm on January 16 (1159am January 17, Manila time).

The NBA All-Star Starters reveal will be made on 7pm ET January 19 (8am January 20), during a special edition of the NBA Tip-Off presented by, which takes place before the TNT doubleheader of the Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves vs LA Clippers. The NBA All-Star reserves, which are selected by the NBA head coaches, will take place the following week.

Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars cheer up kids at Philippine Heart Center

Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars Jarrell Lim (2011) and Tyler Tio (2013) dropped in at the Pediatric Ward of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) to distribute stuffed toys and lunch boxes to young heart patients in an NBA Cares activity. The two All-Stars were accompanied by Jr. NBA Coach Ruben Lanot and staff of Larc&Asset PR.

The three Jr. NBA personalities went from ward to ward to talk to the kids and spread Christmas cheer. Besides giving gifts, the basketball personalities encouraged the kids to continue their battle against their various conditions. 

 PHC Chief Nurse Raquel Tejada said the Jr. NBA visit did a lot to raise the morale of the children and their parents and inspired parents of previous patients to also engage in charitable works for the kids during the Holiday season. This is an on-going activity of the Jr. NBA players and Larc&Asset PR.

Jarrell Lim, who is playing for the UP Fighting Maroons, and Tyler Tio, who will soon suit up for the Ateneo Blue Eagles said the Christmas activity was truly heart-warming and gratifying. “We will definitely be back next year and would like to involve more Jr. NBA players in this simple but meaningful endeavor. The Jr. NBA is all about inspiring kids and reaching out to children who need cheering up the most is definitely part of our definition as NBA goodwill ambassadors,” said Jarrell Lim.
Jr. NBA Philippines, the grassroots program of the National Basketball Association, will be back in action on January 2017. Boys and girls aged 10-14 years old are encouraged to join the program which is now on its 10th year in the Philippines.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

San Beda statement re: Jamike Jarin

On behalf of Fr. Aloysius Maranan, OSB, the Rector-President, and San Beda College, I wish Coach Jamike Jarin the best in his career as he takes on the new challenge as head coach of the National University Bulldogs in the UAAP.  We will always be grateful for the fruitful two years that he
nurtured the Red Lions, and for the many championships he helped win for the school, especially the 2016 NCAA title, and the 2015 Fil-Oil Cup and PCCL crowns.  Coach Jamike will always be part of the Bedan family.

- Jude Roque (Red Lions Team Manager)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Philippines schedules U22 friendly vs Malaysia

The Philippine Football Federation has scheduled a friendly for its Under-22 Men's Team against their Malaysian counterparts later today, December 8, 2016, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

This is in conjunction with preparations for the upcoming 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.

Kickoff is slated at 7pm, with free admission.

The Filipinos called up for the friendly are as follows:

Junell Mark Bautista (Benguet State University)
Marvin Jake Bricenio (UST)
Jeremiah Borlongan (UP)
Jaime Vicenzo Cheng (SD Raiders FC)
Marco Alessandro Casambre (UP / Global FC)
Julian Mariano Clarino (UP / Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
Jimson Crestal (San Beda)
Rafael Clifford de Guzman (La Salle)
Darius Joseph Diamante (La Salle)
Daniel Bernan Gadia (UP / Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
Javier Augustine Gayoso (Ateneo)
Lorenzo Giuseppe Genco (Kaya FC)
Yoshiharu Koizumi (La Salle)
Earl Real Laguerta (CSB)
Christian Lapas (UP)
Dimitri Lionel Limbo (Chesterfield FC)
Raphael Vincent Resuma (UP)
Richard Talaroc (Global FC)
Patrick Valenzuela (NU)
Nathanael Ace Villanueva (UP / Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
Nico Villacin (La Salle)

The Coaching Staff for the U22 team is led by Marlon Maro, with assistance from Jose Maria Aberasturi, Marlon Pinero, and Noel Marcaida. Managing the team is the tandem of Jefferson Cheng and Miguelito Sanchez.