Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mr. Fast turning back the hands of time

Anthony Jayjay Helterbrand has thought about retirement for a couple of times because of father time catching up and he knows that he is at the twilight of his sensational career in the PBA. Was once a season MVP when he carried the load for the Ginkings but that was years ago. Sure this might be his last year or probably next year, but he doesn't want to go out without a bang, and these are the moments that we will remember about Mr. Fast:

Credits to the owner of the video

With the conference on the line, win or go home, backs against the wall, JJ delivered by scoring all of his 13 pts in the 4th quarter and had Ginebra live to fight another day. Together with his renewed faith, he turned back the hands of time just as father time stands in front of him. JA

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kobe Bryant tears his Achilles tendon, will he ever be the same again?

Probably one of the most shocking and devastating injury sports will ever see. Kobe Bryant tears his left achilles tendon and sending the Lakers' hope of making a noise in the playoffs come crashing back to earth. Couldn't have come at the worst time where the Lakers are making a last hurrah to secure that 8th and final spot in the western conference. 

Video from YouTube

And here is Kobe taking about the injury after the game: 

You could feel the frustration and you could see it in Kobe's eyes. All season long of struggles, trying to prove to people that Lakers can still do it, it disappeared in just a blink of an eye, or a snap of a tendon. Now you could put the RIP for these lakers this season. They will probably make the playoffs and go against OKC or the Spurs, but I will not be surprised if they will be swept out of the 1st round.

They say it will take 6-9 months for Kobe to recover and they say he could play the first game of next season around November and he has taken the first step after his successful surgery. You never question Kobe's determination and his will to win. Ofcourse you will still see him back on the court. You never question it. But these Lakers fans should ask themselves, is this the start of Kobe's career winding down to the finish line considering that he's 35 y/o and this kind of injury. For sure he will be back, but will the Mamba be same Mamba again? JA

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kevin Ware's gruesome injury

I have to admit that I do not have the best knowledge when it comes to US NCAA basketball. I may not know a thing or two about it. Who's team or bracket is winning, who upsets who, or whatever. I only know that it is like the NCAA or UAAP of the Philippines where college stand outs strut their stuff on the hard court. Much less about their players. But this caught my attention:

The last thing you want to hear is a player getting hurt or getting injured. Sprains, strains, pull are maybe tolerable, but when you get to see an injury like this where they said that it is a compounded fracture of tibia, man that turned my stomach. I do not need to throw in all the scientific terms to describe it, you can see how painful it was for the player. What surprised most is Kevin was still able to inspire his teammates  by uttering "Just win the game, Im OK, just win the game" repeatedly. At the end of the day, Louisville won, using an inspired 2nd half to rout Duke.That sounded as if I know many things about US NCAA. Prayers for this guy. JA