IN TWO days, the NBA will come back. In a related development, it will be available in the country. Big thanks to the NBA and Cignal TV for brokering a three-year deal to have basketball on free TV through free-to-air channel TV5 and One Sports.
On Friday, July 31, we will finally get the chance to witness the Battle of Los Angeles IV, Lakers vs. Clippers. The Clippers hold a 2-1 head to head advantage, having won their October and December matchups. The March matchup was the only game won by the Lakers, which was the peak of the Lakers' dominance, albeit cut short by the pandemic.
Interestingly, this is the first time we see these players strut their stuff after the four-month lay-off. Will the Lakers continue to dominate? How will the health protocols affect the team chemistry for the duration of the "bubble" games? We are up for an exciting conclusion to the NBA Season.
The President has just delivered his Sona last July 27, reiterating his dislike for corruption in government. On this note, we commend the Philippine Sports Commission for ensuring that this mandate from the president is being followed to the letter when they went after an erring employee involved in corrupt practice. Sad that it happened, but we are fortunate that the agency does not tolerate it. Kudos to the chairman and his board of commissioners for swift and decisive action on this matter.
Note from the sidelines:
Allow me the chance to express my thanks to my sports editor. If not for her, we wouldn't have this regular weekly space.
I first worked with her in the 2010 edition of the Palarong Pambansa in Dipolog. She was covering for the Davao Region, and I was the elementary basketball coach. I was also a regular respondent in her columns, especially every PBA and NBA Finals series. After this, we became part of the Philippine Sports Institute and collaborated on many programs and activities along with other PSC-PSI representatives.
After our PSI stint, I got the chance to work with her as my sports editor here. She was instrumental in this weekly column. Biggest thanks, Ms. Marianne Saberon-Abalayan, for the opportunity to work with you and for this organization. My heartfelt gratitude for this break.
We shall overcome by God's grace.