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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2018/19 NBA Season
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:32:56 AM »
Resurgent Rose turns back clock to score 50 against Jazz

Los Angeles (AFP) - Derrick Rose dusted off his MVP costume, dropping a career-high 50 points to power the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over Utah in a NBA Northwest Division showdown on Wednesday.

On US Halloween night, Rose turned back the clock with a 34-point performance in the second half as the crowd of 10,000 chanted "MVP, MVP" after the final buzzer sounded.

"It was numbing," said teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with 28 points. "I never realized something like that in my life. The man was just out there floating."

Rose, who was named NBA MVP in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls, scored every way imaginable against the Jazz.

He made two clutch free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Timberwolves a three-point lead in a tightly contested fourth quarter. Just moments earlier he had scored the go-ahead basket down low to put Minnesota ahead for good.

Rose also made a key block on a Jazz three-point attempt with two seconds left to ice the win.

"This means everything," said Rose, who was making his first start of the season. "I worked my butt off, bro."

Rose's career had been beset by injuries since he won his MVP award.

"I am doing everything just to win. I played my heart out tonight. My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and it was a hell of a night," said Rose.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 22 for Utah. Jae Crowder tallied 18 points off the bench.

Minnesota played without all-star Jimmy Butler, and point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones.

In Los Angeles, LeBron James gave the Staples Center crowd a fright when he missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left as the Lakers squeezed past the Dallas Mavericks 114-113.

"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess," said James.

The Lakers almost blew a big point lead late but managed to hold on for the win.

The game appeared to be headed to overtime but the Mavericks veteran Wesley Matthews took it upon himself to intentionally foul James on the Lakers' final possession with two seconds left. That sent the four-time MVP to the free-throw line with scored tied 113-113, but after missing the first one James made the second for the win.

James finished with 29 points for the Lakers who were up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even with seven seconds left.

Luca Doncic tied it at 113-113 on a jumper, setting the stage for James' game-winning free throw.

"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them," James said of his young team.

Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19.

In Oakland, Stephen Curry had 37 points for his sixth 30-point game of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121.

Curry had seven three-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green delivered 16 points, 15 rebounds as the Warriors won their sixth straight.

Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans in a rematch of a Western Conference playoff series from last season.

Klay Thompson scored 18 points with one three-pointer for the Warriors two days after setting an NBA record with 14 three pointers in a win over the Chicago Bulls.




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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Lakers Thread
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:26:42 AM »
Inexperienced Lakers starting to wear on LeBron


Just seven games into the season, LeBron James is starting to run out of patience with the mistakes of his young Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

The Lakers are 2-5 following a 124-120 loss at Minnesota on Monday night and have given up an average of 122.3 points per game, 29th in the league. The Lakers haven't been able to keep opponents off the boards -- they surrendered 20 offensive rebounds to the Timberwolves -- nor have they been able to shut them down on crucial possessions.

"We talk about patience but you can't have reoccurrence of the same thing," James told reporters after the loss to the Timberwolves. "If you are doing the same things over and over and over and expecting the same result then that's insanity.

"So we have to get better. We can't keep having the same mistakes over and over."

When James left an aging Cleveland team behind and signed with the Lakers in free agency in the offseason, he acknowledged he was moving to a young team that he would need to nurture and teach. Already, though, he's grown tired of losing.

"You probably don't want to be around when my patience runs out," added James, who turns 34 in December. "I'm serious."

The Lakers' young core -- Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma -- has shown potential but James expects more from the Lakers.

"We got to figure it out," James said. "It is not one guy. We are all in this together, so, we got to figure it out. We got another one on Wednesday (against Dallas) on our home floor and we got to be really good."

For his part, James is ninth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.6 points per game. He is tied for third in minutes played with an average of 36.0.

--Field Level Media

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Zonal and Local Basketball News
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:22:48 AM »
Martin's dunk wins it for Straker Nets




Cen­tre Al­lis­ter Mar­tin slammed home the game-win­ner for Strak­er Nets to reg­is­ter a tough 86-84 win over Sto­ries of Suc­cess (SOS) Bas­ket­ball Acad­e­my to take Game 1 of the best-in-three se­ries of the semi­fi­nals con­test. Ac­tion was in the Men's Pre­mier Di­vi­sion of the Bar­ry Stew­art Bas­ket­ball League which is ti­tled "Bas­ket­ball For Bas­ket­ballers" and played at the Mal­oney In­door Sports Are­na on Tues­day night.

With 0.57 sec­onds left in the match and scores tied 84-84, point guard Sadi­ki Guer­ra drove from the top of the key down the mid­dle lane, drew three de­fend­ers and sim­ply slipped the ball to the await­ing hands of the six-foot­er Mar­tin, who put down a huge dunk while be­ing fouled in the process. This sent the Strak­er Nets bench in­to a fren­zy sens­ing vic­to­ry.

Mar­tin (10 points) missed the free throw to com­plete the three-point play, and Kern George grabbed the re­bound and un­leashed a last-gasp long-range shot from deep in­to the oth­er end of the court, but his shot missed its tar­get, gift­ing the Strak­er team the open­ing win.

"The game was re­al­ly tough, SOS played their hearts out," said Guer­ra fol­low­ing the match. He scored a team-high 23 points.

The SOS play­ers will rue their missed chance of giv­ing Strak­er its first loss of the sea­son af­ter lead­ing by as much as 20 points (59-39) in the third quar­ter thanks to a daz­zling shoot­ing per­for­mance from point guard Ah­keel Boyd from be­yond the three-point arc. He con­nect­ed sev­en three-point­ers over­all for his match-high 36 points.

"In the first quar­ter, the point guard got too much of free shots. He was killing us," said Guer­ra. "He scored like four threes in the first quar­ter. Who­ev­er had to mark the broth­ers had to stay close to them."

The oth­er broth­er he was re­fer­ring to was Ah­keem Boyd, who added 13 to SOS's score.

SOS did their home­work, re­strict­ing Strak­er's lead­ing scor­ers this sea­son, Jef­frey Har­ris and Guer­ra, in the first two quar­ters while get­ting the jump on the more ex­pe­ri­enced team.

The Mal­oney-based team SOS backed by its home-based sup­port­ers, raced to a 26-14 lead in the first pe­ri­od and built up a 32-17-point ad­van­tage in the next quar­ter but with the likes of guard Joel Hinds and post play­er Mori­ba De Fre­itas keep­ing up the at­tack for Strak­er, their team ral­lied back to trail, 45-37 at the half.

In the third quar­ter, SOS mount­ed its biggest lead of the match 59-39 with 5.11 min­utes to go in the pe­ri­od, but it was short-lived as Strak­er de­ter­mined not to be up­set by the young team, fought back and man­aged to pull with­in 10 (61-51) with 1.12 on the clock in the third. The pe­ri­od end­ed with SOS still in con­trol, lead­ing 66-55.

"The coach told us we're down by 18 points, we just have to claw back on each play, and we will get back in­to the game," said Guer­ra on the ad­vice of coach Bar­ry Stew­art as Strak­er through its low-post game chipped away at the lead.

The in­ex­pe­ri­ence of SOS coach Kem­rick Julien showed as his team start­ed to im­plode.

George was guilty of two turnovers which Strak­er con­vert­ed in­to five points as the op­po­si­tion came with­in two points, 77-75 with 4.01 min­utes re­main­ing in the match. Mo­ments lat­er he was one of four SOS play­ers to foul out. The oth­ers were Ah­keem Boyd (13), Charles Williams and Bran­don Kel­ly. Strak­er too had two play­ers foul­ing out in Har­ris and Steve Williams.

Mean­while, De Fre­itas tied the score (77-77) with a dunk and lat­er went to the free throw line af­ter be­ing fouled. He con­nect­ed one of two free throws to give Strak­er, its first lead of the match, 78-77. The teams con­tin­ued to ex­change bas­kets, and it was in the fi­nal play of the in­tense match-up start­ed by Guer­ra that de­ter­mined the win­ner. This af­ter Boyd (Ah­keel) turned over the ball pass­ing the ball out-of-bounds.

"We lis­tened to our coach, and we clawed back to win the game," said a pleased Guer­ra.

Tonight the teams re­turn to the court at the Jean Pierre Com­plex in Port-of-Spain for game two with Strak­er seek­ing to close-out and book its spot in next week's best-of-three se­ries fi­nale.

De­tour Shak At­tack will have the same in­ten­tion tonight as well as it takes on De­fence Force in game two of their semi­fi­nal se­ries. Led by post play­er Shawn Lawrence with 19, Shak At­tack de­feat­ed the Army/Coast­guard com­bi­na­tion team, 82-74.

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Football / Re: Leon Carpette Thread
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:29:15 PM »
Condolences to the family and friends of former TT Footballer. Leon Carpette.Rip





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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T player signs with Pistons
« on: September 28, 2018, 08:59:01 PM »
Etienne Catalan
‏ @EtienneCatalan

Johnny Hamilton (@johnny_tall) will wear number 24 with the #Pistons. #NBA

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Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:20:42 PM »
so Latapy-George is a grown man and he dunno right from wrong? He blaming others for doing wrong? A man holding such position and behaving like he in kindergarten?   

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Re: Zonal and Local Basketball News
« on: September 08, 2018, 01:31:08 PM »
Grande new 4x4 basketball hub



Jeffrey Harris, left, coordinator of the Sangre Grande Ruff & Ready 4v4 Basketball League, shares a moment with veteran player Steven "Lighter" Lewis, on the opening day of the tournament on August 25 at the Foster Road Sangre Grande basketball court. Howeger, when the two players meet on court, Harris with the Maloney-based Stories of Success (SOS) basketball team and Lewis with D'Hill of Laventille Harris it will be in a battle aimed at the $10,000 first place prize.

RACHAEL THOMP­SON-KING

rachael.king@guardian.co.tt

For­ward Kern George net­ted an easy lay-up to score the win­ning point for the Sto­ries of Suc­cess (SOS) team in its 41-35 vic­to­ry over Sweaters of San­gre Grande in the San­gre Grande Ruff & Ready 4v4 Bas­ket­ball League at the Fos­ter Road Bas­ket­ball court on Sat­ur­day.

George's fi­nal bas­ket worth a sin­gle point to reach 41 points to bring it home for the Mal­oney-based SOS team in the in­au­gur­al league with a new con­cept to bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion ac­cord­ing to co­or­di­na­tor Jef­frey Har­ris.

He said, " We got the idea from look­ing at FI­BA 3v3 and the Big 3 League be­ing played in the US." The main rules are as fol­lows sev­en play­ers per team - four play­ing with three run-in sub­sti­tutes - on any dead ball. There is a 12-minute stop­page time per half. One point per bas­ket in­side the arc, two points per bas­ket out­side the arc, and three points per bas­ket once scored from the three-point spot iden­ti­fied on the court.

There are two ways a team can win, the first is hav­ing the most points at the end of stop­page time or the team, which reach­es 41 points first, wins.

"Pop­u­lar lo­cal bas­ket­ball play­ers are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­cite­ment while we bring to T&T, the 'Roc­ka Park' ex­pe­ri­ence. We have play­er in­ter­views, fans in­ter­views, an in-game DJ and com­men­tary and every night give­aways," said Har­ris, adding to the thrill of the in­no­v­a­tive com­pe­ti­tion, which has 10 teams com­pet­ing for the $10,000 first place prize. The run­ner-up re­ceives $5,000 and the third place fin­ish­er gets $3,000.

The oth­er teams are Buck­ets of Arou­ca, Ball Hun­gry of St Au­gus­tine, D'Hill of La­van­tille, Gold­en State (Va­len­cia), San­gre Grande All Stars, Grande Ext (San­gre Grande), Rebels (San­gre Grande) and Hey Now (Tacarigua).

Har­ris works on a com­mit­tee that in­clude Kevin Thomas, Mick­iel Williams, Fran­cis Har­ris and Mar­lon Bur­nett , all of the San­gre Grande com­mu­ni­ty for a tour­na­ment spon­sored by Sav­ings & Deals Su­per­mar­ket, Cost Cut­ters Su­per­mar­ket, Dar­ryl's Fa­mous Foods, Juter­am Au­to Sup­ply, Phats In­ter­na­tion­al, Be The Change Move­ment, and oth­er com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers of San­gre Grande.

George will be back on the court to­mor­row (Sat­ur­day) with his SOS team aim­ing for its third straight win af­ter beat­ing Hey Now, 41-38, last Fri­day. The Mal­oney unit will play Ball Hun­gry, who has a win against Grande Ext (35-24) and a loss to Buck­ets (33-30).

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General Discussion / Re: Naipaul again
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:51:25 PM »
VS Naipaul has passed away . He was 85

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / T&T player signs with Pistons
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:57:26 AM »
T&T’s Hamilton signs with NBA’s Pistons

T&T’s Johnny Hamilton has signed with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.

“What a day to be alive. Thanks to the almighty, my family and coaches for having my back and helping me grow into the man I am today. I couldn’t do it without y’all,” said Hamilton in a Facebook post yesterday.

“Thanks to the @detroitpistons for granting my first opportunity to be a Professional Athlete. I look forward to this year as I take on a new chapter in my life. I also want to thank everyone that had something to do with me getting to this chapter. Whether negative or positive contributions y’all were all part of God’s plan for me.”

Hamilton originally of Rio Claro where he started playing for Warriors in that Community league before joing NBS Ambassadors that campiagned in the Mayaro Basketball League. He joins the “Bad Boys” of Detroit which will feature NBA All Stars post-player Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.

Hamilton played on the Pistons during the Las Vegas Summer League after going undrafted in the 2018 draft. He wasn’t a starter for the team but looked like the best centre on their roster.

Hamilton is seven feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, so he brings some size to the Pistons frontcourt.

Hamilton started his college career at Virginia Tech where he played sparingly in two seasons before transferring to the University of Texas-Arlington where he was given an opportunity to play.

He averaged 11.1 points per game last season and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 63 per cent from the field. He can also protect the rim a bit as he averaged 2.3 blocks.

Last month, in the Summer League, Hamilton had eight points and grabbed three rebounds in Detroit’s 105-97 against New Orleans Pelicans. Detroit also defeated Timberwolves 64-59 and had losses to Memphis Grizzlies 73-70 and Milwaukee Bucks 90-63.


T&T’s Johnny Hamilton signs on the dotted line.

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Army marches past Police 99-89 in OT


Rachael Thomspon-King

Defence Force forward Steven Lewis brought the excitement on the opening night of the Barry Stewart Invitational Basketball League, so too his opposing Police point guard Ronell Winter, but it was the army coastguard combination team that prevailing with an exciting 99-89 overtime win.

The Men’s Premier Division match unfolded at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas on Sunday. It was the feature match of four played on the night in three divisions to mark the Second edition of the league, which is being held in honour of Vibert “Passay” Dean, a long-standing player whom the basketball fraternity lost in May.

It was a pretty even match from the jump with the police officers taking an early 26-22 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Defence Force boosted by Lewis with support from Kensley Sandy (16) and Kerry McMillan (10) fought back and grabbed a four-point advantage at the halfway mark.

That lead was short-lived though as Police rallied back in the third period to go ahead by a narrow one point (62-61) as the teams continued to trade baskets into the fourth quarter.

Winter was fierce from beyond the three-point arc, connecting 10 in his match-high 33 points but it was the one he hit with two seconds left to play that was most critical as it levelled the scores at 85 to send the match into an extra five minutes of overtime play.

Police though lost some its lustre in the extra time, only adding four points to its total while Defence Force went on to dominate scoring 14 in that period, to emerge with the 10-point win.

Police had two other players scoring in double-figures including forward Wesley Vincent (19) and post-player Don Wilkinson 18 but in a losing effort.

Earlier in the other match in the top division, Straker Nets defeated Stories of Success (SOS) Basketball Academy, 81-75. Play got on the way after T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis did the jump ball.

SOS spurred on by twin brothers Ahkeem and Ahkeel Boyd made a huge comeback in the fourth and final quarter after being down by 20 points (67-47) at the end of the third period but it was not enough to overcome Starker.

Post-player Ashton Demurrell top-scored for the winner with 20 points and his teammate Triston Benjamin added 10 in the six-point win.

In the Under-19 Division match-up, led by Josiah James with 21 points, Grande Young Stars beat New Age Lions, 55-47 while in the U-15 category, Uthman Bilal (18) starred for 500 Hawks in their 47-34 win over Brian Chase Academy.

Also in attendance to witness the exciting matches were former national player Gerard Moore, who played at New Mexico State University under legendary coach Lou Henson. Moore of Point Fortin was an All American at Southeast Illinois College (SIC) and in 2008 was inducted into the SIC Hall of Fame. He also competed with Straker Nets in the past.

Results

Men’s Premier Division
Defence Force (41/85) 99 (Steven Lewis 32, Kensley Sandy 16, Kerry McMillan 10) vs Police 89 (37/85) (Ronell Winter 33, Wesley Vincent 19, Don Wilkinson 18).
Straker Nets (46) 81 (Ashton Demurrell 20, Triston Benjamin 10, Jeffrey Harris 9, Richard Guiseppi 9) vs SOS Academy (30) 75 (Ahkeem Boyd 23, Ahkeel Boyd 18, Kern George 18).
Boys U-19 Division
New Age Lions (16) 47 (Joshua Sheppard 21) vs Grande Young Stars (21) 55 (Josiah James 21, Jeden Celestine 16, Christopher Nottingham 10).
Boys U-15 Division
Brian Chase Academy (18) 34 (Kasem Prince 14) vs 500 Hawks (17) 47 (Uthman Bilal 18, Lion Sandy 11).


Barry Stewart, second from right, TTOC president Brian Lewis, left and Gerard “Jerry” Moore, second from left, with some of the players that will be competing in the Barry Stewart Basketball League at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas on Sunday.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Basketball Tweets
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:33:09 AM »

Adrian Wojnarowski
‏Verified account @wojespn

Carmelo Anthony has finalized buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, giving back $2.4M of his $27.9M salary, league sources tell ESPN. That's veteran's minimum he'll get back with new team. Anthony will wait to clear waivers in 48 hours to officially tell Rockets of intentions to sign.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: CAC Games.
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:32:17 AM »
T&T seniors hasn't played internationally for years including this year's Caribbean Championships.....  :banginghead:

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T Pro & College Scene
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:17:22 PM »
Congrats to Khadeen Carrington who will be playing for the Detroit Pistons in the Las Vegas Summer League. He will be joining fellow Trini Johnny Hamilton


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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Lakers Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 08:59:45 AM »
In 20 minutes after Lebron's confirmation , the lowest Lakers season tickets being sold on StubHub went from $3,499 apiece to $5,800 apiece.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Lebron to Lakers
« on: July 02, 2018, 07:59:47 AM »

$154M over 4 years

I will see this as a good move only if the Lakers is going to bring star players around him to be an immediate championship contending team.

Otherwise its just a move for money

Although Lebron is about winning I think this move is also about his post basketball life because he could have chosen Philly also.   

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Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: July 02, 2018, 07:48:39 AM »
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association regrettably advises that our brother Muhammad Isa passed this morning. Isa had been warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital for just over a week. Isa served as the Director of Football for the TTFA

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Football / Re: Stephen Hart Thread
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:39:49 PM »
best of luck to Hart.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T Pro & College Scene
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:22:06 PM »
Man, I don't know these people at all, at all.

Johnny Hamilton is from Mayaro and went to college in the states ended up at Virginia Tech.  His family is well known in Mayaro, think his dad is a pastor and has a church in the area.
Verdine Warner born in the US but eligible to represent T&T throw parentage. She went to Shaw University D2

   

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T Pro & College Scene
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:00:24 PM »

Warner re-signs at Goettingen


BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (DBBL) confirmed in their roster 26-year old Trinidad and Tobago center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw). She has played there for the last two seasons. A very impressive year as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention and League Player of the Week.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Warner's team won German 2.Bundesliga Group North Regular Season in 2017. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Warner has played previously professionally in Greece (GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou) and Czech Republic (Basket Slovanka MB).
She attended Shaw University until 2015 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: T&T Pro & College Scene
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:10:16 PM »
Johnny Hamilton - I just want to thank God for this opportunity to represent the @detroitpistons in the NBA Summer league. For those who know my story, me getting to this point is almost unbelievable but it’s all God’s Plan. Thanks to everyone who kept it 💯. This only the beginning.

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she is not the first to say this. Its the only country in the world where its a sub urban sport.What happen to sub urban kids by the time they reach high school? They have many choices to develop a career path.       

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Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:03:09 AM »
you'll remember when we beat Iceland 2-0 in England in a friendly before 06 world cup? What ah difference time makes.

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Football / Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:31:55 AM »
USA, Canada and Mexico won the bid to host the 2026 WC...hopefully Trump don't f**k up the relations anymore and T&T has their house in order to actually qualify!

what does this mean for the amount of qualifiers from this area?

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2017/18 NBA Season
« on: June 09, 2018, 08:08:48 AM »
Dynasty Warriors: Golden State proves unstoppable in title run

CLEVELAND -- Before the Hamptons, before light-years ahead, and before Jurassic basketball thinkers had to concede that a small team could actually win an NBA championship with jump-shooting, finesse and defense, nobody spoke of the Golden State Warriors as a squad with multiple Hall of Famers, let alone one.

The Warriors are celebrating their third title on Friday night after beating the Cavaliers 108-85, with a signature third-quarter run that buried their beleaguered opponent. For the Warriors dynasty -- and it's now a dynasty -- the sweep is yet another achievement. But it's easy to forget that, four years ago, they were a team that couldn't survive a first-round series against the LA Clippers.

Stephen Curry was an impish one-time All-Star, a novelty shooter who could delight with a 54-point outburst at the Garden, but nobody you'd ride deep into the playoffs -- certainly not on those ankles. Klay Thompson was potential trade bait for Kevin Love, which was just as well because who wants to pay a shooting guard with an indifference to defense and a limited game off the dribble a max contract?

In the summer of 2014, the Warriors' basketball operations brain trust sat in general manager Bob Myers' office to sketch out what the team's rotation might look like in the upcoming season. Alongside each player on the whiteboard written in dry-erase ink was a designated number of minutes. Next to Draymond Green's name was scrawled: "12."

Time moves quickly in the NBA, and even before the arrival of Kevin Durant, the Warriors transformed themselves from a collection of imperfect pieces into basketball's Bolshoi Ballet, a nightly exhibition of oohs and ahhs that won a championship in 2015, then followed it up with a 73-9 season. For the better part of the past two weeks, LeBron James has highlighted these accomplishments repeatedly for everyone within earshot, then reminded them that the Warriors -- a team he says has "four Hall of Famers" and is basketball's equivalent of the New England Patriots -- added an all-time great in Durant.

2018 Finals: Warriors sweep Cavs


LeBron's suggestions are clear: The Warriors are simply better than everyone else -- maybe the best in history -- and the game's most transcendent player saw this disparity manifest itself again in the Game 4 clincher. The Warriors dictated the terms of each possession, a privilege James normally claims for himself. When Curry wasn't draining trick shots from distance, Andre Iguodala was making the Cavaliers pay for their negligence. When Green wasn't making the extra pass, the Warriors were tightening the vise defensively in the third quarter.

The cruel irony for James is that his bold stroke of self-determination in 2010 is largely responsible for the second-wave Warriors, who have decimated his Cavaliers to the tune of 8-1 in the Finals since Cleveland's improbable comeback in the 2016 Finals. The acquisition of Durant two summers ago was met with some of the same indignation that howled at the formation of the Big Three in Miami during the summer of 2010, but to a great extent, James provided historical cover. Unfair of the Warriors and Durant? Possibly. Unprecedented? Certainly not.

Historically elite teams can take one of two routes to greatness. The first is by way of a graceful, well-engineered system that maximizes the strengths and attenuates the weaknesses of every player. The San Antonio Spurs embodied this blueprint in 2013 and 2014, and the Warriors' design in 2015 and 2016 was a thing of beauty. They drew from the Spurs, from Mike D'Antoni, from the Chicago Bulls teams Steve Kerr played on in the 1990s, and even from Jerry Sloan's post splits. Ball movement, player movement, swinging the ball from strong to weak and then back again. For Golden State, it wasn't just a recipe for winning, it was a measure of great pride, an offense in which everyone participated and prospered.

The second strategy is to ride the brute force of singular talents, the guys who can get a shot whenever and however they damn please. Call it iso ball if you'd like, but it's the science of shot creation at the highest level, sometimes converting difficult shots and sometimes creating easy ones. This is the "system" in which Durant grew up, and how he won his MVP award in 2014. It's a system that, to a great extent, offends the Warriors' sensibilities, as it did when they watched film of James Harden from Game 1 against Houston, grateful that they aspire to a more team-oriented brand of ball.

Since adding Kevin Durant, the Warriors are 8-1 in Finals games. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty

Though the Warriors performed their share of ballet this season and playoffs -- Game 2 of the Finals was a recital for the ages -- this is often how the Warriors, particularly in Curry's absence, operate today. Durant has made the Warriors indomitable at times, as displayed to a dazzling degree in Game 3, but the marriage hasn't come without cost.

Aesthetically, the Warriors have lost a little something. Their purity was compromised, and there were occasional moments when the common trust that made the Warriors, the Warriors faltered, particularly this season. The Warriors, who have been fueled by joy, looked a little less joyful in 2017-18. A team we were told was unbeatable won only 58 games, finishing well behind the Houston Rockets, who were less than 24 minutes from assuming Golden State's place in the Finals. "Flipping the switch" is something that system-free teams employ with the assumption that, come late spring, good shots can be manufactured by individual will.

Yet the Warriors have come to appreciate that systems can fail at inopportune moments, a reality that revealed itself in the historic closing minutes of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. They had a problem, and Durant has now solved it.



    Bobby Marks breaks down the key decisions for the Golden State Warriors, including re-signing Kevin Durant.

Though he will occasionally need reminders to trust his teammates, and Curry will need to retreat to the corner to allow Durant to pound the ball into the hardwood, and Kerr will have to plead from the sideline and Green from the high post for the ball to move, Durant has provided the Warriors with a fail-safe the NBA has never previously seen. And as a perimeter player with big-man length, he has seamlessly fit into the Warriors' defensive scheme -- one that reclaimed its mantle as the league's best when the stakes demanded it.

With Durant as a supplement to the most devastating offensive machine in the NBA, the Warriors have now perfectly fused these two schools, creating a rich confluence of system and talent. They can win big or small, fast or slow, with motion or in isolation, with the shot or with the pass, with the perimeter switch or with interior defense.

That was the plan in 2016, the result in 2017, and now the confirmation in 2018:

The Warriors simply have all the answers.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: Secondary Schools Basketball
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:58:55 AM »
We don’t know if Lebron James was his inspiration but Nikolai Mills scored 42 of Tunapuna Secondary's 63 points, in a losing cause as Trinity College East won the Secondary Schools East Zone Under 17 final at the Maloney Indoor facility... C News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsGK2htpsig&feature=player_embedded


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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: 2017/18 NBA Season
« on: May 28, 2018, 05:09:04 PM »
Really cannot bet against LeBron in the East
:thumbsup:

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Football / Re: 2018 Caribbean Women's World Cup Qualifiers
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:22:03 PM »
Sweet!  How de skn vs usvi game finish?

7-0 St Kitts

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Football / Re: 2018 Caribbean Women's World Cup Qualifiers
« on: May 27, 2018, 06:28:42 PM »
so wha going on ? besides Orlando double Carnival

we in de next rounds after dropping 13 on Grenada. 

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What about Track & Field / Re: 2018 Track & Field Season
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:52:15 AM »
Dwight St Hillaire 44.55 PR to top NCAA East regional

wow..... like it !!!!

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The Knicks are among the teams who’ve sent an executive to the Next Sports Pro Day in Atlanta today, where Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington and others are working out.

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