La Salle Captures PCCL Title

The DLSU Green Archers ended the year on a high note after capturing the PCCL Championship yesterday.
The Green Archers won the first 2 games of a best of 3 series against the SWU Cobras. Jeron Teng was named the MVP after posting averages of 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
The PCCL title comes after a few months of winning the UAAP Championship. With La Salle’s line up largely intact, this may be a sign of good things to come. Congratulations to the Green Archers and the entire La Salle community for winning the PCCL title. I’m hoping that there are more championships on the way.
ANIMO LA SALLE!

Lady Spikers Captures Its 3rd Straight UAAP Crown

THe Lady Spikers made sure to seal the deal last week on Game 2 of their Finals series against their bitter rivals, the Ateneo Lady Eagles.  Unlike their first meeting in the Finals, the Taft-based Spikers made sure to end Game 2 in just 3 sets, 25-23, 25-20,25-16, in front of around 19,000 fans.

Ateneo was led by the league’s best scorer, Alyssa Valdez, but unfortunately, she got very little help from her team as no other Eagle scored in double figures.

La Salle on the other hand was led by sophomore Mika Reyes with 16 points.  Co-MVP awardees Abi Marano and Ara Galang chipped in 12 points each.  Michele Gumabao tallied just 6 points, but was eventually awarded the Finals MVP becuase of her good overall performance in the series.

ANIMO!

Kobe Wins His First MVP Honors

Kobe Bryant was long considered as one of the best players in the NBA. His several championships and scoring crowns are testaments to his great basketball skills. However in his 11 year NBA career, Bryant never won the coveted MVP honors – until this season.

Kobe Bryant won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2007-2008 NBA Most Valuable Player after getting 1,105 votes from a panel of sportswriters across the US and Canada. Hornets little big man Chris Paul finished second while Celtics stalwart Kevin Garnett finished third.

Bryant was long labeled as a selfish player and after his trade-drama last year, he turned around his play and showcased his all-around game. Kobe ranks second in the league in scoring with an average of 28.3 point to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

*photo credit: getty images

“I really don’t know what to say, it’s such an honor and a blessing to be here. It’s a very special day for me.” Bryant said after receiving the award.

Personally, I would have chosen Chris Paul to win the award. But it was a real close-call. After all, the Hornets and Lakers finished as the top two teams in the rugged Western Conference. I guess you just can’t go wrong between Kobe and Paul. Chris Paul is still young and he’ll have his chances to win his MVP award(s) and I guess this is really Kobe‘s time. Kudos to Kobe Bryant for his first MVP trophy.

-fouledout

Dirk Nowitzki Needs to Prove that he is Not a Fluke MVP

Dirk Nowitzki‘s miserable playoff performance last season will be remembered more than his Most Valuable Player award and more than the fact that he led the Dallas Mavericks to a 67-15 record. His dismal performance during the playoffs made a lot of people believe that he didn’t deserve to bag MVP title. Nowitzki and the Mavericks entered the playoffs as the overall number 1 seed only to be booted out by the 8th seeded Golden State Warriors. That event was dubbed as the biggest upset in the NBA playoff history and naturally, Nowitzki was blamed for that.

 

 

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I believe Dirk Nowitzki learned a lot of valuable lessons from that unfortunate event and I think he will be better prepared for the upcoming season. Hopefully he can use the past experience as a motivation to play even better and to be a better team leader.

I think Nowitzki should continue to improve his game especially his mental toughness. He is about 7 ft tall but he was easily distracted by the smaller and quicker guards of Warriors in the playoffs. At his height, smaller guards shouldn’t be a problem; he can easily shoot the ball if he is not easily distracted.

After the blowing out a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat two years ago and losing to the scrappy 8th seeded Warriors last season, Dirk Nowitzki MUST prove to the NBA and the rest of the sporting world that he is more than just a 7 ft. sharpshooter, but a team leader as well. And he needs to do it fast.