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Steph Curry shares his basketball journey through Under Armour

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As part of the Under Armour (UA) Roadshow tour, the sports clothing brand brought with them the reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry to go around five stops in Asia. Manila was the second place of the five-day tour, as the Golden State Warriors starting point guard made his visit yesterday in Tokyo, while he makes three stops in China starting tomorrow.

The rising brand made strides with the increase of Curry’s fame as the three-point specialist cemented an incredible run to the championship in the 2014-2015 NBA season. Before Curry joined the fans for the event at the Mall of Asia Arena, he shared time with the media to tell them about his game, the NBA at the present, and his relationship with the brand.

For two and a half years now, Curry has been part of Under Armour and reveals that he had all sorts of comfort wearing the brand. He released his first signature shoes on 2014 and is now releasing the “Curry Twos”, together with this roadshow he is having.

“We wanna share that with the world. We had a chance to come here to the Philippines. I put a lot of my personality into the shoe and the technology is second to none and that’s why we’re here and hopefully you guys be a part of it,” says by the 7th pick of the 2009 NBA draft.

The brand released his signature shoe which has several colorways, all of which had stories behind it in Curry’s path to basketball stardom.

“There are so many colorways, each tell a different story. A lot of those tell about where I grew up, things that are important to me and my family, and just basketball and how it made me better. [The shoes are to] Inspire the next generation, lace up and play some basketball,” Curry mentioned.

Before he was part of this growing Under Armour brand, Curry was once signed with Nike but the latter passed in re-signing the two-time all-star point guard. As the Golden State Warriors improved on a yearly basis, Curry was the head of the pack that topped the 2015 regular season, and finally destroyed the 40-year drought that the Bay Area in Oakland has been desperately waiting for. With dazzling ball-handling skills and impeccable sniping from downtown with his fast trigger, Curry helped Under Armour’s name rise in terms of sporting goods, particularly in his sneakers.

He addressed “My relationship with Under Armour has kept me in the court. I had an ankle injury in the past and since I wore Under Armour shoes for the past 2 ½ years, I haven’t had any issues. There’s no secret to what it is. They had a good product and the shoe is comfortable, lightweight and has the responsiveness to do what I do on the floor.”

In addition to the colorways of his first signature shoe Under Armour, he had a ‘scratch white’ design which had a gray shade and is represented by his love for the sport of golf. In the press conference, he shared a little story about his unforgettable experience playing it with no less than the President of the USA, Barack Obama.

“I love the game of golf. I played it since I was 12 and it’s something I wanna do during the offseason. It’s an unbelieveable experience playing with the president Barack Obama. We spent a good five hours on the course and he had about 30 secret service agents protecting him. So I was nervous that maybe I might hit them with the ball and they attack me, but that was the nerve-wracking part but it was a fun experience. For me it’s harder. Anyone that asked me if what’s harder to do a 15-foot birdie putt or knocking down a game-winning three pointer, I’ll take the three pointer.”

Aside from sharing about his relationship with the brand, the all-time playoff leader in made three pointers shared how touched he was with the Filipinos support for him and his team. He also meantioned how pleased he was with the way pinoys approach the game of basketball.

“Checking my twitter for the last two months, there are so much support and love from the Filipino fans. I knew this was going to be one of my favorite stops of the UA Roadshow. I am very honored and thank you very much. It’s my first time and it won’t be my last time in the Philippines,” Curry stated

Furthermore, he advised the Filipino ballers to strive hard and gave the importance of the cliche of never giving up and outgrowing oneself.

“Outwork your competition or whatever level you are whether you are spending. Get better, embrace your strengths but as much as possible try to be as an all-around player as you can be.”

He also gave a word to the Gilas squad, who are currently playing in the Jones Cup, and mentioned the privilege of playing for one’s country as he adds “When your whole country is behind you, there’s no better feeling than that. Just go at it. Don’t hold anything back. There’s an amazing opportunity in front of you so. Whatever style you wanna play with: the small ball or shooting a lot of threes, or playing up tempo, embrace it to the best of your ability. Hopefully you achieve the goal that you’ve set.”

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool

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SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins

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With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual

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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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