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Kobe, KD, Rose top Filipino national team Smart Gilas

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In the second game of the Filipino All-Star Weekend in Manila, the result was pretty much what you’d expect. A more experienced team gave the NBA stars (dubbed the “Smart All-Stars”) a tougher contest, but it wasn’t enough, because, you know, that whole “best players in the whole world.” From the Philippino Stars:

After overpowering a PBA selection team with a never-ending barrage of slam dunks and highlight reels the other night, Kobe Bryant and his Smart All-Stars found a quicker and more game Smart Gilas Pilipinas but still fashioned out a 98-89 win yesterday to complete a sweep of the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend.

via Kobe’s stars dazzle, tantalize – The Philippine Star » News » Sports.

Afterwards, the biggest star, Kobe Bryant, a virtual god in the Philippines (and China, and to people who love tacos) met another virtual god there.

So yeah, pretty good weekend for the Filipino basketball scene. Bryant led the way with 17, while Durant and McGee both scored 16. You have to wonder if with a little more planning, they could have found a US television partner. The usual suspects are out from a fear of the NBA getting upset, but you’d think someone would want to showcase NBA players playing.

Instead, it was just a fleeting moment, to see how wonderful it would be to have Kobe Bryant and JaVale McGee on the same team.


But hey, by January, you’ll be missing JaVale McGee pretty badly.

Kidding. Again.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.