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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Derrick Rose’s shot might be much improved when he returns


Everyone agrees it will take time for Rose to trust his surgically repaired left knee and
regain the speed and explosiveness that separates him from
virtually every other player in
the NBA.
In at least one way, though, he might be better than ever.
The Bulls are keeping such a tight lid on Rose’s recovery that they won’t even address whether his knee has recovered enough to allow him to begin shooting.
Because trainer Fred Tedeschi said Rose would begin spot-shooting 12 weeks after the surgery he had May 12, though, it’s fair to assume he has been shooting while working out in Southern California. That begs this question:
Given how hard Rose works and how much time he spends in the gym, how much better a shooter can he become if that’s all he is allowed to do for the majority of the offseason?
‘‘He can only do three things,’’ said former NBA point guard Tim Hardaway, who missed the 1993-94 season after suffering a similar injury. ‘‘He can dribble — not run and dribble, just dribble walking up and down the court; he can shoot a bunch of free throws; and he can shoot a bunch of set shots like he’s playing
H-O-R-S-E every day, all day.
‘‘But that’s going to make him better. If you shoot 1,000 jump shots a day, 1,000 free throws a day, you’re going to get better. That made my shot better. It
really made my jump shot and free-throw percentage better.’’
Hardaway’s shooting percentage decreased after his missed season, which might be because
he penetrated less while shooting more jumpers. But his three-point shooting percentage
improved from .330 to .378 and didn’t dip below .347 for the next decade.
Rose’s three-point shooting percentage increased from .222 to .267 to .332 in his first three seasons before dropping to .312 last season. Teammate Rip
Hamilton said he expects Rose to post a career high in the near future after spending so much time this offseason working on his shot.
‘‘He’s definitely become a
better shooter since he came into the league,’’ Hamilton said this offseason. ‘‘When he came into the league, guys would back off him because of his quickness. At Detroit, that’s what we did when we played against him. But this year and last year, when he added his jump shot to his game, it’s
impossible to stop him and contain him.
‘‘He’s going to get better, man. He’s going to come back better and faster.’’
Rose was an unreliable shooter during his rookie season, but he has developed into one of the best mid-range scorers in the game. He extended his range
beyond the three-point arc during
his MVP season. Lost amid his injury-riddled 2011-12 season was the fact he had extended that range even more last offseason.
‘‘He’s got a work ethic,’’ said Hardaway, who played at Carver and whose niece Mieka Reese is Rose’s longtime girlfriend. ‘‘He loves the game of basketball. He’s a gym rat.
‘‘The reason why his jump shot got better, if you saw him [play for Team USA at the 2010 world championships], in the game before the gold-medal game, he couldn’t make a jump shot, and they put somebody else in the game. When he came back home, he was on a mission to show people he could make a jump shot. That’s when he started making jump shots. He’s got a great work ethic. I love his spirit.’’
After spot-shooting, Tedeschi said Rose eventually will move to cutting activities before graduating to light contact, but that’s a ways off. Right now, about all he can do is shoot, which is reason enough to believe that part of his game will be much improved when he’s healthy enough to
return.
‘‘He’s young, man,’’ Hamilton said. ‘‘He has that drive at a young age. He’s not a kid that’s coming into the NBA and is happy to be here and is going to relax for a couple of years before they decide they want to make an All-Star team.
‘‘He came in with everything. He wants to be better. He wants to be the best point guard in the league. He wants to win a world championship. When you’ve got somebody doing all that at that age, it can be amazing.’’

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pinoy scientists find ikmo has health benefits


Students of medicine at Caloocan City's Manila Central University have discovered that  extracts of ikmo or piper betel leaf may actually help relieve the symptoms of those suffering from diarrhea and other gastric diseases.

This is because piper betel contains chemical compounds harmful to bacteria and fungi that cause diarrhea.
 
Considering that diarrhea is among the top ten most common diseases in the Philippines and a 2008 WHO study showed that 10,000 Filipinos die from it every year, the students may have stumbled upon a startling discovery that can save many lives in the future.
Betel leaf is an ingredient in the concoction popularly known as "nganga," which also includes areca nut – also called betel nut – lime, and sometimes tobacco.

For centuries, in many rural and upland areas, Filipinos have been chewing betel quid or “nganga” as a way of staying warm and alert, and is known to have a narcotic and even euphoric effect. In other words, nakaka-high.
 
It’s also an indigenous breath freshener because scientists believe it kills bacteria in the mouth. So nganga may actually make kissing a chewer with reddish teeth and dripping spittle more palatable.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that chewing nganga may be linked to mouth cancer.

Still needs human testing
 
Ikmo is a type of vine common to tropical countries. Its glossy heart-shaped leaves are  prized for their medicinal properties.
 
A proponent of the study, Laura Palisoc, focused on the effects of a variety of betel common to the Philippines. “We chose piper betel because it has already been proven to react on bacteria that cause bad breath. We just tried to test if it could be used against diarrhea,” she said.
 
According to the study, piper betel contains the chemical compounds hydroxychavicol, carvachol, and eugenol that can kill microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, and enteric organisms found inside the intestines.
 
The students boiled  piper betel leaves from Batangas, then extracted and tested them against specimens of diarrhea-causing bacteria, Palisoc said in a phone interview with GMA News Online.
 
The bacteria E. coli, Shigella dysenteriae, and Salmonella typhi that they used for the study are potentially deadly contaminants of water and food.
 
Palisoc said  their study still needs to undergo human testing and other clinical studies. — TJD/VS/HS, GMA News

Charice fires manager



MANILA, Philippines - Singer Charice has fired her long-time manager, Grace Mendoza.
Charice made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, adding that her new “point of contact” is her personal assistant and road manager, Canadian Courtney Blooding.
“A bit of news, Grace Mendoza is no longer my manager. I thank her for the work and time she has spent with me. Courtney Blooding is the new point of contact for me. You can reach her at courtneyblooding@me.com,” she said.
Days before her announcement about Mendoza, Charice vented her anger on Twitter over people who are saying bad things about her.
“I do not like people talking sh** about me, my friends or my family. Specially when you know that they’re lying. I try to respect these people, but sometimes, I just want to talk to each one of them and say, ‘leave us alone, bitches,’” she said.
“At sa mga ayaw pang tigilan ang hate, thank you na rin. Let it go and maybe some of you, please get a nice job. Most of you, Filipinos pa naman. If you can’t respect me, kung ayaw talaga, that’s fine. Just support the girls. Not even me. Just the girls. Now, stop hating… and go to bed. Pahinga ka na.. Seryoso.. Walang mangyayari kung puro hate lang… Tulog na. Madaling araw na.”

In 2010, Charice and Mendoza allegedly had a rift after the latter prematurely announced that the singer is joining the US hit musical series “Glee.”
Currently, Charice is one of the mentor-judges of ABS-CBN's talent reality show "The X Factor Philippines."