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Warriors' Steve Kerr returns to the bench to coach Game 2

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By Janie McCauley (Associated Press)


OAKLAND, California — Steve Kerr received a rousing ovation Sunday night (Monday morning Manila time) as he returned to the bench at last.

Kerr is back coaching the Golden State Warriors after more than six weeks, feeling well enough that he plans to coach the remainder of the NBA Finals.

Smiling, cracking jokes and looking more comfortable than he has in recent weeks, Kerr declared himself ready to be back on the bench for Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the first time he coached the Warriors since April 19.

He waved to the fans who roared when he walked onto the floor shortly before the start.

Kerr said he decided Sunday morning that he was able to return to coaching after being sidelined by constant pain because of complications following a pair of back surgeries nearly two years ago.

"The intention is to coach tonight and the rest of the series," said Kerr, who last coached in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against Portland. "I'm feeling better. I'm feeling more like I did at the end of the regular season. Last couple weeks have been good in terms of running practice, film sessions, coaches meetings, that kind of stuff. I wanted to string together a few good days. I did that, and feeling well enough to coach. ... The intention is to go the rest of the series.

"So, I'm excited and it's good to be back."

The unbeaten Warriors had been 11-0 under acting coach Mike Brown — "My guy did OK while I was gone," Kerr said with a grin. Kerr had his initial procedures in 2015 after guiding the organization's first championship in 40 years as a rookie coach.

"What's our record now without me, like 800-12?" quipped Kerr, who missed the first 43 games during last season's record 73-win campaign.

The 51-year-old Kerr underwent a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but was still experiencing debilitating symptoms such as pain and headaches. He attended the pregame news conference Sunday and said he had not yet told his players that he would be back coaching, though said they knew in recent days that he was improving.

There was a lot of positive reaction to the news of Kerr's return.

"It's awesome," Klay Thompson said. "I'm so excited. Mike did a phenomenal job though."

Former coach and player Al Attles said it was "terrific" news.

"There's an old saying, 'You don't miss the water 'til the well runs dry,'" the 80-year-old Attles said after receiving the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. "It's not a reflection on who was coaching. He's just a man that we really, really respect and hope that he keeps on doing it."

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue also was thrilled to hear Kerr was back on the opposite bench.

"Steve Kerr's a guy I respected even before he started coaching," Lue said. "I just like who he is as a person, and throughout the course of the playoffs I've checked on him and we text and talk. So it's good to have him back over there."

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Creamline, Pocari complete F4 cast

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Pocari Sweat shook off pesky Perlas to pull off a 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 victory and nailed the third semifinal berth while Creamline took the last Final Four seat with a 25-16, 26-24, 25-17 romp over Air Force at the close of the quarterfinal round of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Thursday night.

Top seed BaliPure will thus take on No. 4 Creamline while the No. 2 Power Smashers and the third seed Lady Warriors will tangle in the other pairing of the best-of-three semifinal series starting Saturday.

Winners will dispute the crown in another best-of-three affair.

Perlas ended up fifth with a 1-2 mark and Air Force wound up sixth with a 0-3 slate.
Smarting from its five-set setback to Pocari Sweat on Tuesday, Creamline overwhelmed Air Force at the net and cashed in on its rival’s sloppy reception to fashion out the straight-sets victory in the Sports Vision-organized tournament.

Alyssa Valdez fired 19 hits, including 14 attack points and four service aces, while Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin added 17 hits and Laura Schaudt scored three block hits for an eight-point output.
Iari Yong topscored for Air Force with seven hits, Mae Antipuesto and Jocemer Tapic each scored six points while Thai reinforcement Patcharee Saengmuang struggled for five points.

The Jet Spikers kept it close in the second set but Valdez unleashed back-to-back hits to shatter the 24-all count and make it 2-0 for Creamline on deuce points.

Air Force also threatened at 11-13 in the third but Creamline took nine of the next 11 points, including five straight hits, to pull away at 22-13.

Pau Soriano then scored off a block to finish off the Jet Spikers.

Earlier, Army held off Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, to clinch the fourth and last semifinal berth in the men’s side.

As No. 4, the Troopers will face the top-seed Air Force Jet Spikers in the semifinals.
Cignal HD and Sta. Elena will dispute the other finals slot.

 

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LeBron James speaks out against racism after home vandalized

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-AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States – NBA superstar LeBron James says a racial slur spray-painted on the front gate of his Los Angeles home shows the level of racism in America but hopes it can move people closer to ending such hatred.

“If this can keep the communication going and shine the light and keep us progressing and not regressing, that’s the main thing,” James said.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James spoke Wednesday at Oakland on the eve of the NBA Finals between his defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

“Being black in America, it’s tough,” James said. “And we’ve got a long way to go as a society for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

While there was vandalism at his $20 million (17.8 million euros) home, police reported, James said the most important thing was that his family, which was at their home in Ohio at the time of the incident, was safe.

“My family is safe. That’s what’s important,” James said, saying his wife was handling issues arising from the incident with their children.

“She said everything is fine. That’s helps a lot. Time helps a lot. It’ll pass. It’s fine.

“It puts me back in place on what’s most important and basketball is not the most important thing in my life.”

Los Angeles police officer Aareon Jefferson said police were called to the house in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood around 6:45 am, and by the time they arrived the graffiti had been painted over by property management staff.

The case is being investigated by personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Los Angeles Station.

Public records show that James bought the house in 2015 for just under $21 million.

“On the eve of one of the greatest events we have in sports, race and what’s going on comes again,” James said.

“It just goes to show that racism will always be part of the world, part of America, and that hate, especially for African-Americans, is living every day.”

Even as James vowed the incident would not throw him off as the Cavaliers try to defend their crown in the best-of-seven final, his thoughts were on his sons and him not being able to be there when they came home from school to talk about it face to face instead of over the internet.

“The most unfortunate part is that I can’t be with my kids right now,” James said. “It’s kind of killing me right now.”

James later added, “Hopefully I give them enough life skills that when they get ready to fly, they can fly on their own.”

When it comes to the sting of racism and concern for family, even a championship showdown loses its luster.

“I’ll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games,” James vowed.

“I’m at a point where my priorities are in place. Basketball comes second to my family and after what I do for my foundation and youth.” CBB

 

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