By Janine Villagracia
July 23 was no ordinary day for shoppers at the Under Armour store in Taguig as it was no less than the brand’s NBA player ambassador, Brandon Jennings, who personally dropped by the shop to greet fans.
The Philadelphia 76ers avoided setting the longest losing streak United States major professional sports history by routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday to end their winless stretch at a record-equaling 26 games.
Two straight double-digit NBA victories apparently weren’t enough for the Detroit Pistons, who sacked coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday.
Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says.
Dwight Howard had 35 points and 19 rebounds, leading the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 114-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading the Sacramento Kings past the Houston Rockets 106-91 Sunday night.
Jordan Crawford scored 23 points as the Boston Celtics had the most-lopsided victory of the NBA this season, battering the New York Knicks 114-73 on Sunday.
It was just a game, not a playoff series. Still, Brandon Jennings finally got a long-awaited win over the Miami Heat.
Derrick Rose scored 22 points in his long-awaited return to the United Center court to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Coach Tom Thibodeau says he expects the former MVP to suit up for Wednesday’s preseason game against Detroit, his first appearance at the United Center since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2012 playoff opener.
Dwyane Wade was back on the court for the Miami Heat. Wade, who missed the preseason opener saying he was “erring on the side of caution,” played 21 minutes and had eight points and four assists in a 112-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Chauncey Billups wanted to stay with the Detroit Pistons for the rest of his career.
The Detroit Pistons have addressed their biggest need with one the best free agents available.
Josh Smith and the Pistons have agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.