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Paras opens up on mental health struggles

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Published April 30, 2021, 6:09 PM
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Former University of the Philippines standout Kobe Paras recently opened up on social media about his mental health struggles since returning to the country four years ago.
Taking it to Twitter, Paras reflected on life and admitted being at his “lowest” during those struggling times.
“I was depressed, suicidal, I just felt so lost. Until now there are days I don’t feel like me,” wrote Paras, the son of basketball and PBA legend Benjie Paras.
when I moved back to the Philippines 4 years ago, I was at my lowest.
I was depressed, suicidal, I just felt so lost.

Kobe Paras leaves UP Maroons to pursue overseas opportunities

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THE opportunity to explore how far he can go in his basketball career was just a prospect too tantalizing for Kobe Paras to pass up.
And University of the Philippines won't stand in the way of those dreams as it backs the 6-foot-6 high-flyer every step of the way wherever his next foray may be.
Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol told
Spin.ph that Paras has confided in him over the past few weeks before making the decision to give an overseas stint another try.
"In the past few weeks, Kobe and I had discussed lengthily about his various opportunities amidst this lingering pandemic situation," said the soft-spoken mentor.

East West Private welcomes UP forward Kobe Paras to its stable

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East West Private welcomes UP forward Kobe Paras to its stable
KOBE Paras is now a part of East West Private.
The Ohio-based firm made the announcement on Tuesday as it welcomed the University of the Philippines forward to its fort.
"Let tomorrow be your second chance to prove that you are better than today and yesterday," it posted on its Instagram account.
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Paras linked up with the same handlers of Kai Sotto.
With EWP, he joins a bumper crop of players of Filipino descent, which also includes Cholo Anonuevo, Sage Tolentino, and Caelum Harris.
The 6-foot-6 high-flyer still has two years of eligibility left with the Fighting Maroons, but his future plans remain unclear with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the UAAP to remain frozen.

Priceless reactions from Paras family after Andre picked in PBA Draft

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Mar 14, 2021
FAMILIA de Paras pencils in its name in the list of clans with two generations of PBA players, with the selection of Andre in Sunday afternoon's draft event. The 25-year-old old celebrity big man was called in the third round by the Blackwater Bossings.
It was coach Nash Racela who announced Andre Paras' name.
Dad and former PBA star Benjie Paras couldn't resist sneaking into the Zoom frame of Andre's proud moment in his basketball career. The younger Paras' reaction to his father's playful attitude is just as priceless.
Check out his dagger look as dad tried to steal the show.

TIMELINE: Kai Sotto's path from Ignite to implode

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TIMELINE: Kai Sotto's path from Ignite to implode
GOING, going, gone.
In an instant, Kai Sotto, the Philippines' best chance to have a homegrown talent to be drafted in the NBA, has seemingly squandered his golden ticket after his G League team Ignite dropped him late Tuesday night.
It was stunning news, a dagger to the heart of the basketball-loving country whose hopes were suddenly vanished, the same way the 7-foot-3 wunderkind has curiously disappeared from the map as his usually active social media accounts went dark for more than a week now.
But before Sotto's journey went from Ignite to implode, let's take a closer look at how it all came to this for the 18-year-old sensation.

See H&M's complete Edition By Héctor Bellerín collection, with prices

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Spanish footballer Héctor Bellerín
With sustainability at its core, Edition by Héctor Bellerín is a collection entirely made from more sustainable materials, in line with both Bellerin’s environmental values and H&M’s own transparent commitment to change. In line with the brand’s sustainability movement, Bellerín has also been deeply involved in the design process in every stage. His signature style is felt throughout the collection, from the oversized streetwear and utilitarian pieces to the sharp new update of timeless men’s staples.
For the color palette, muted earth tones reflect the effortlessness of Bellerín’s own personal style, while playful graphics show how the athlete can effectively and positively communicate serious issues. In the collection, cotton is organic, or recycled from textile production waste; nylons and polyesters are recycled, while viscose fibers are from sustainable sources. Where possible, Bellerin was keen for pieces to be made from single materials, to make them easier to recycle.

Kobe Paras leaps to Kai Sotto's defense amid G League confusion

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Kobe Paras leaps to Kai Sotto's defense amid G League confusion

Gilas starts buildup for Feb. window

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The INSPIRE Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna, will be the home of Gilas Pilipinas for its month-long training bubble, which began on Sunday. — INSPIRE SPORTS ACADEMY FACEBOOK PAGE
PBA coaches Norman Black (right) and Caloy Garcia are part of the coaching staff of Gilas Pilipinas for the third and final window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers here in February. — PBA IMAGES
Final window of the FIBA Asian Cup Qualifier
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THE Philippine national men’s basketball team has begun preparation for the third and final window of the qualifiers for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup set for February.

Tab Baldwin: PBA players, amateur stars to play for Gilas in February

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Published December 17, 2020, 7:43 PM
Gilas Pilipinas project director coach Tab Baldwin has hinted a mixture of PBA players and collegiate standouts as possible roster for the national team in the FIBA Asia Cup Window 3 in February next year in Clark, Pampanga.
Baldwin mentioned this Thursday afternoon in an online press conference that formally launched the partnership of FIBA and Smart Communications for the 2023 World Cup, which the country is co-hosting with Japan and Indonesia.
According to Baldwin, several PBA players will be invited for the training camp starting January, which gives the national team one month to prepare for the Feb. 18 to 21 tournament where the national team meets Indonesia, and plays South Korea twice.

PBA News: Gilas to begin training for Fiba qualifiers right after holidays

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PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
WHETHER it’s an all-PBA team or a mix of pros and cadets, work comes early for Gilas Pilipinas as it prepares for the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.
Coach Jong Uichico said training for the national team kicks off shortly after the holiday season as the Filipinos will have their hands full as hosts for the third window of the bubble tournament that was originally played on a home-and-away format.
“We’ll start early for window 3. We’ll come in early January so that we can get together for a long period of time that gives the system to mature, the players to mature, and get everything on track,” said Uichico on Thursday during a virtual press conference announcing the global partnership between Smart and FIBA for the 2023 World Cup.

Andre Paras shares 5 problems only tall people will understand

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Andre Paras shares 5 problems only tall people will understand
Published December 16, 2020 6:18pm
People can complain all they want about being short, but there are just some problems only tall people will understand.
Just ask Andre Paras, who—like his PBA legend father, Benjie Paras, and his superstar brother, Kobe Paras—stands over six feet tall.
The basketball star-turned-Kapuso heartthrob talked about his daily struggles and hilarious stories as a tall person during an interview with GMA News Online.
1. Shoes are hard to find. 
“I can’t find shoes here because my feet are too big,” Andre said.

National team coaches all for building better players, system

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December 9, 2020 | 5:10 pm
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ONE with having the right set of players and system for the country’s basketball program to go far, national coaches Tab Baldwin and Jong Uichico welcome efforts to go in that direction.
In separate podcast interviews last week, Messrs. Baldwin and Uichico, part of the coaching team for the youth-laden Gilas Pilipinas squad that recently saw action in the second window of the International Basketball Association (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers, said considering the international basketball landscape right now, focus should be given to shoring up the country’s hoops program not only for the present, but, more importantly, moving forward.

Young Gilas players worthy of spots for the next windows

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December 2, 2020 | 5:17 pm
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FOLLOWING their impressive showing in the just-concluded second window of the 2021 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain, do members of the young Gilas Pilipinas team deserve spots for the next windows?
Coach Jong Uichico believes they do, and something the team is going to greatly consider once they reassemble next year for training camp.
“All of them are in contention to have a spot in the third window [and beyond]. All of them have equal chances,” said Mr. Uichico in the press conference following their sweep on Monday of Thailand in their two-game series in the Manama window, which took place from Nov. 27 to 30.

Group A: Renewed rivalry and dreamy debuts on the way

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Group A: Renewed rivalry and dreamy debuts on the way
 MANAMA (Bahrain) - There is a lot of action to unpack in Window 2 of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers for the teams in Group A.
There will be plenty of fresh new faces so see, young and seasoned. There will be rivalries resuming action with stakes higher than ever before. In summary, there will be a
lot of exciting action here in Group A.
Team to beat: Indonesia
The Philippines are the unbeaten team here and Indonesia
did suffer two losses, but there might not be a team that is more prepared for Window 2 as Indonesia in

5 things to be excited about in Window 2 of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

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MANAMA (Bahrain) & DOHA (Qatar) - It’s been a while. But now, we’re back.
FIBA Asia Cup basketball is back! We’re pretty sure that everyone is hyped up and counting down the seconds to tip-off time, but let’s take in a deep breath and quickly review what it is exactly that we are excited to see.
A key part of the excitement at any FIBA competition is seeing fresh new faces eager to take the court for the first time. It one of the highest honors for an athlete to represent their countries at an international level, so it’s always fun to see how they perform.

All-amateur Gilas takes on Thailand

Published November 26, 2020, 3:34 PM
Less than a month after its formation, an all-amateur Gilas Pilipinas starts its campaign in the second window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers when the Filipinos face Thailand on Friday in a bubble in Manama, Bahrain.
This is the first of two games between the Philippines and Thailand after FIBA approved the final schedule of the qualifying tournament restart after months of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tasked to call the shots by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is veteran mentor Jong Uichico, who helped the national team win gold medals twice in the Southeast Asian Games back in 2015 and 2017.

Hopeful FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers debuts to look for in upcoming window

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Hopeful FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers debuts to look for in upcoming window
BEIRUT (Lebanon) - Window 1 of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers featured some of the top talents in Asia and Oceania as they embarked through the first stage of the journey towards the FIBA Asia Cup. However, even after seeing those talents on display in the opening phase, there are still plenty of other interesting players waiting to make their first appearance in these Qualifiers.
Here are the players that fans might be hopeful to see in the upcoming Windows of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers!
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