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Will Derrick Rose Resurrect His Career in Cleveland?

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NBA – On July 25, 2017, former MVP and 3-time NBA All-star Derrick Rose signed a 1 year deal worth $2.1 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose contract with the Cavaliers was his lowest contract since entering the league and despite having many suitors or teams that can give him a much better salary this season Rose decided to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers under a minimum salary for an NBA veteran.

Derrick Rose was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the #1 pick overall in the 2008 NBA Draft and later that year he wins the “Rookie of the Year”, since then he has been the face of the Bulls, a title contender and a treat to the LeBron James team in the East. In 2011, Derrick Rose became the youngest player in the NBA to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award at age 22 years old ending LeBron James possible 3rd straight MVP.

Rose career with the Bulls has been a mixed of good and bad, the Bulls have always been a title contender every season and a treat to LeBron James whether in Miami or in Cleveland when Rose is healthy? And due to frequent injury that Rose encountered every season his faith with the Bulls slowly fades away, not until he was traded in 2016 sending him to the Knicks where he play for the 1 season and again was ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee.

Derrick Rose was once an NBA Superstar in his early years and perhaps top ten point guard in the league with less versatility, at age 28 he is still young and way more to go in his NBA Career if only his injury will not cheat him? Rose injury front caused him from being a max player of averaging $21.32 million salary last year in Knicks uniform and now down to a minimum veteran’s fee of $2.1 million with Cleveland.

Now that Derrick Rose will join forces with his former rival LeBron James in Cleveland will his career revitalized? Especially that Kyrie Irving demanded a trade out of Cleveland, Rose will have more playing time at point guard position and perhaps help the Cavaliers reach their 4th straight NBA Finals appearance and wins his first ever NBA Championship?

Why is it Kyrie Irving Demanded a Trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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NBA – NBA Champion and 4-time NBA All-star Kyrie Irving is in the hot seat today after several rumors in the National Basketball Association (NBA) that the superstar point guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers requested a trade from the Cavaliers.

Irving has been part of the last three NBA Finals appearance of the Cleveland Cavaliers and in fact he is the one who made the clutch 3-points shots or “The Shot” in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors and that also gives the first ever NBA Championship of the franchise ending a 52 years of drought of any major sports championship.

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But why Kyrie wants out of Cleveland despite LeBron James is still on the roster for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 NBA Season and their team are still highly favored of returning back to the Finals? There are several rumors that Irving was disappointed after his name was included in a trade against former Indiana Pacers Paul George and former Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler? Despite the trade didn’t make it, the failed trade leaves Kyrie Irving unhappy?

Another rumor is that Irving wants to be the guy or the main man on a team that he will be the first options unlike in Cleveland he is only second to LeBron James that obviously runs the team and finally Irving also doesn’t want to be left behind in the 2018 Free Agency if LeBron James decided to leave Cleveland for the second time? Irving already announces if James leaves, he also wants out of Cleveland?

Kyrie Irving demanded trade is just rumors and speculations for now, but the rumors shakes the faith of the Cavaliers chance of returning back in the Finals despite LeBron James the best player on the planet is still there, he will need a sidekick like Kyrie Irving to be able to compete against the super team Golden State Warriors.

Will the Cleveland Cavaliers granted Kyrie Irving’s demanded trade? Or keep him till 2019 and waits in 2018 NBA Free Agency where LeBron James biggest free agency in on the line? Let’s wait and see this coming day!

James Jones Named as Sun’s VP of Basketball Operation

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NBA – This NBA Off Season several NBA Players and NBA teams made their move of improving their teams and as player some of them made a supermax contract, others luckily gets a veterans minimum contract while others choose to end their career to pursue another path in their life and one of them is the 3 time NBA Champion and the only player on today's generartion aside from LeBron James to reached an amazing seven consecutive NBA Finals appearance he is none other than the so called “Champ” James Jones.

James Jones was reportedly planning on retiring at the end 2017 – 2018 NBA Season but the rumors happens immediately when the news broke down on July 19, 2017 when the Phoenix Suns organization named James Jones as the new Vice President of the Suns basketball operations.

The news ended the 14th year NBA Career of James Jones, ending his seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance, ending his longtime teammates with LeBron James that dated back on their years in Miami Heat and also ended the promise of LeBron James that as long he is playing, James Jones is not allowed to retire? But maybe LeBron was allowed to break his promise as it may look like that Jones has chosen a much better career or path rather than his role in Cleveland Cavaliers.

James Jones has been a role player throughout his illustrious NBA career he has never been an all-star player but always plays an important role in the locker room, NBA players and former teammates who known him praises him of good character as a teammate, a class act, a mentor, one of the greatest professional basketball player and even LeBron James who considered him as his best teammates of all time.

Sadly, that James Jones career is come to an end as NBA Player but gladly to see that he's on a new path as VP of basketball operation of Phoenix Sun, congrats to the “Champ” on his new chosen career!

Martial Law in Mindanao Might be extended till December?

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Philippines – The Martial Law in the country was implemented by President Rodrigo Duterte after a terrorist attack by the Maute Group in the City of Marawi in Mindanao despite the law is only applied for the whole Mindanao and does not include Luzon and Visayas, many Filipinos are still afraid of the said law as they remember the nightmare of the Martial Law during the Marcos regiment where many human rights was violated.

The Marawi Crisis started on May 23, 2017 when some unknown people with arms and explosive devices takes over the City of Marawi which later known as the Maute Group. As soon as the news brought to the president, the president quickly cut short his visit in Russia and declared Martial Law upon his arrival in the country. Since then many soldiers and terrorist has been casualties of the said crisis which also includes civilians.

As the war between the Government forces and the terrorist goes on the government later known that they are not only dealing with Maute Group but as well as the Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups and international terrorist ISIS.

For now, the crisis in Marawi is almost on the second month of the war and the forces of the government believe that it’s nearing its end?

Meanwhile, President Duterte requested to the congress to extend the Martial Law in Mindanao for 5 more months or till the end of this year? But many politicians are parted with the president's request? Some say that it’s too long while others are in favor and according to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the residents of Mindanao are in fact in favor of extending the martial law so he does not find any reason for the president's request to be denied?

LeBron James Holds the Record for the Most ESPYS Best Player Award

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NBA - Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James did not win in this year 2017 NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors nor the NBA Regular Season Most Valuable Player (MVP) but at least he was recognized by the ESPY Award as they named LeBron James as the 2017 ESPYS NBA Best Player.

ESPY Award is the short term for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award it is a yearly award giving bodies that started in 1993, recognizing the individual talent and team athletic achievement in any sports each year.

In the National Basketball Association (NBA) the very first award given for ESPYS NBA Best Player Award was given to the Greatest of All-time (GOAT) Michael Jordan. Jordan won the award 4 times as a member of the Chicago Bulls he won it in 1991 and 3 consecutive years in 1997, 1998 and 1999 where the Bulls made their second three peat NBA Championship.

Aside from Michael Jordan, there are also several players that win the award multiple times, Hakeem Olajuwon had 2 awards, Tim Duncan with 2 awards and Kobe Bryant also with 2 awards while LeBron James has the most award wins with 6 ESPYS NBA Best Player the most in NBA History.

LeBron James currently holds the most ESPYS NBA Best Player Awards with 6, he had in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. in 2009 he won the award despite not making in the NBA Finals while in 2012, 2013 and 2016 where he won the award he had 3 Championships 2 rings as a member of the Miami Heat and 1 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While in 2007 James wins his first award in 2007 as he becomes the first player in NBA History to win the prestigious awards despite losing in the NBA Finals over the San Antonio Spurs and in 2017 James repeated it again by winning the 2017 ESPYS NBA Best Player Award in another NBA Finals loss to the Warriors. Aside from James, Kobe Bryant also wins the award in 2008 in a losing effort in 2008 NBA Finals over the Boston Celtics.

Both LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the only two NBA Players that won the award despite an NBA Finals loss that year.