Wade to start at guard for Cavaliers, Smith coming off bench

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Now they’re together again in the starting lineup.Lue will unveil Cleveland’s new lineup — Wade, Rose, James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love — on Tuesday night in an exhibition against Chicago, Wade’s team last season. The 12-time All-Star will replace J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLue said Smith didn’t have any problem moving into a new role on Cleveland’s second unit, which will also include Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver and Jeff Green and is liable to undergo numerous modifications throughout the season.It’s a big change for Smith, who has been a major contributor the past three seasons for the defending Eastern Conference champions. “They all can push it out on the break if they rebound the basketball,” he said. “Guys who can make plays, good cutters, good slashers. We also can space the floor. We have a lot of weapons. We just gotta put them all together so they all play well together.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade, right, watches his shot as LeBron James takes a shot during warmups before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers without being promised a starting job.He’s got one anyway.After toying with other lineup combinations, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland’s remodeled backcourt. Wade recently signed a one-year contract with the Cavs, reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland after the two superstars spent four seasons together in Miami.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “He was fine,” Lue said of Smith, who missed 36 games last season after undergoing surgery on a broken thumb. “It’s tough, you’ve been in position where you went to three straight Finals and you’ve been the starting 2-guard. But like I said, it’s about sacrifice if you want to win. J.R. was great about it. Just knows he has to have a different role right now so we’ll see how it works.”Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland’s second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to move the 35-year-old in the starting lineup along with James, who has been slowed by a sprained ankle.Wade and James have developed a unique chemistry on the floor, where they are able to move separately and in unison. Lue wanted to take advantage of that bond and will team them up again.“Just something we’re going to do to start the season and see how it works,” he said.Lue’s biggest challenge will be keeping everyone happy with their playing time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing with all the talent at his disposal.As for his starting five, Lue loves the group’s versatility.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

LeBron gets 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists after Cavs win

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Scoring has always been last for me,” James said. “I’ve never looked at myself as a scorer. But to know the history of the game and seeing the guys that put up triple-doubles on a regular (basis) from Jason Kidd to Magic Johnson to Oscar Robertson to Russell Westbrook, you can throw my name in there as well.”His 11th assist on Tuesday came late in the game and gave him 8,000 in his career. He’s the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“With the long list of so many great players that have come through this league, in the history of this league, for me to be the only (person) in a category, I think it’s pretty cool,” James said. “It’s pretty cool.”James also became the first frontcourt player and the 11th overall in league history to reach 8,000 assists. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, grabs a rebound ahead of Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll, left, as Larry Nance Jr. watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 129-123. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James had quite a February, and continues a one-of-a-kind career.He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after having 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-123 win over the Nets. James has 12 triple-double this season and 67 in his career.ADVERTISEMENT Father Prime: Wade clutch as Heat nip 76ers Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img “Against an elite team like that, your margin of error is so small — and one mistake could cost you the game,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It’s frustrating because we couldn’t find a way to stop them. This was a tough one.”TIP-INSCavaliers: F Jeff Green (sore lower back) missed his first game of the season. He played in the first 59 games, all off the bench. Green is averaging 10.6 points. … Lakers G Isaiah Thomas said the Cavs were in “panic mode” when they traded him before the deadline. Asked for a reaction, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue joked “I’m panicking now.”Nets: LeVert (right knee) and Hollis-Jefferson (right groin) saw action for the second straight game after returning from injuries. . Broooklyn began a five-game, 10-day road trip that ends on March 8 in Charlotte.UP NEXTNets: Visit Sacramento on ThursdayCavaliers: Host Philadelphia on Thursday. Rodney Hood’s three-point play with 40 seconds remaining gave Cleveland a 123-121 lead. James and George Hill hit two free throws each in the final 16 seconds to seal the win.Jarrett Allen’s two free throws gave Brooklyn a 119-117 lead with 1:18 to play. Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer put Cleveland ahead, but Allen Crabbe’s runner in the lane put the Nets up 121-120.Hood, one of four players acquired at the trade deadline, hit a jumper from the wing and made the foul shot that gave Cleveland a two-point lead.“The play kind of broke down,” Hood said. “He (Jarrett Allen) cut me off. I stepped back. It’s a shot I work on all the time.”Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who scored 14 points, wasn’t surprised about James’ performance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus “He’s a superstar player and is super aggressive, and he just took over,” he said. “It came down to a lot of tough shots being made, and LeBron getting them.”The win could also help Cleveland position in the NBA draft. The Cavaliers own Brooklyn’s No. 1 pick, acquired in a trade with Boston. The Nets have the seventh-worst record in the league, but have lost nine of 10.Hill, also acquired at the trade deadline, scored a season-high 26 points and Cleveland placed six in double figures.Russell led Brooklyn with 25 points. Caris LeVert scored 18 while DeMarre Carroll had 16. Brooklyn broke an eight-game losing streak Monday by beating Chicago.LEBRON VS. THE NCAAJames took a strong stance on the NCAA in light of the FBI’s investigation into recruiting in college basketball.“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” he said. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”James was drafted by the Cavaliers out of high school in 2003. He laughed when asked about some of the offers he received in recruiting, but didn’t give details.“Listen, man. I can’t even talk about that,” he said. “Me and my mom was poor, I’ll tell you that, and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren’t going to be poor for long, I’ll tell you that.”James would like to see the NBA expand the G-League into a farm system, an idea he wants to discuss with commissioner Adam Silver.CLOSE, BUT…The game was tight throughout with nine ties and 25 lead changes. View commentslast_img read more

Rhodes loving the challenge of trying to stop Smith

first_imgMOST READ Rhodes shared that he’s fine with the dip in his points knowing the capability of his battle-tested supporting cast.“I let my locals do the scoring. I think my gameplan was more of let my locals score and get them involved instead of me. I need to get involved on defense, and It feels great. When you don’t have to score, it feels great and all you have to do is defend. It feels great especially for me. I’m very happy with how I played because I think I did a great job at that,” he said.With the Beermen seemingly finding a solution after two games, Rhodes is upbeat that the momentum is with his team side as they gear up for Game 3 on Sunday.“That’s our gameplan, to come here and play San Miguel basketball,” he said. “Last game, we didn’t do that and we let them take us out of rhythm and our style of play. We just got to continue this every game.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “That was the gameplan, for me to just try and make him do things he was uncomfortable with. We succeeded with that,” he said.Rhodes shared that the Beermen truly welcomed the challenge of stopping the gigantic Smith after that dominant 21-point, 9-rebound showing in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s fun actually because you know, it’s a challenge. Because he was so big and strong, it was actually fun for me,” he said.Though the mercurial reinforcement’s offense took the hit, mustering only seven points in the game, his job on the defensive end was exceptional as he hauled down 11 rebounds and four blocks. View commentscenter_img Racela says loss of focus, composure in Game 2 defeat to SMB LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrustrated in Game 1, Charles Rhodes is now speaking on a different tone as San Miguel found a temporary solution to the problem that was Joshua Smith.The Beermen ganged up on the TNT reinforcement whenever the behemoth got the ball in the post, and they were successful in making the burly import uncomfortable, limiting him to just 11 points, six boards, and five dimes in the 102-88 Game 2 San Miguel victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

PBA fines TNT import Smith for ‘detrimental’ statements

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera READ: Smith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA refereesSmith blasted the referees after the KaTropa lost to San Miguel 111-102 in Game 5 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTNT incurred 32 personal fouls in the game while the Beermen committed 21.San Miguel also shot 38 free throws compared to the KaTropa’s 21. Ricky Rubio traded from Wolves to Jazz for 1st-round pick Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA on Saturday imposed a hefty fine on TNT import Joshua Smith after the hulking big man “issued statements detrimental to the league.”The league slapped a P30,000 fine on Smith after he told the media Friday night that “PBA officials are terrible.”ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Pablo proves she’s all worth it

first_imgLast year, Pablo inked a P4.6 million five-year deal with Pocari. And she has consistently proven that she’s all worth it.Meanwhile, Game 1 of the men’s finals between Cignal TV and Mega Builders is also slated this Wednesday at 1 p.m.The top two teams forged the duel after sweeping Sta. Elena and Philippine Air Force, respectively, in the Final Four. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We just kept the faith and showed teamwork,” said Pablo after the Lady Warriors kept their bid for a fourth straight championship alive on Sunday.Pablo finished with 22 points built on 20 attacks and two blocks in a stellar performance that earned her the Philips Gold-PVL Press Corps Player of the Week honors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe veteran open spiker bested BaliPure’s Aiko Urdas and Creamline’s Rosemarie Vargas for the weekly citation.In Pocari’s Game 1 loss to Air Force, 25-20, 25-19,25-20, the day before, Pablo still paced her squad with 13 points and seven digs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PSC backs Watanabe’s Tokyo Olympic bid FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Pocari and Air Force will battle for a title slot at 4 p.m. this Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Creamline and BaliPure, also tied at 1-1, collide in the other best-of-three Final Four series at 6:30 p.m.After the elimination round, Pablo emerged as one of the leading contenders for the Most Valuable Player award.The former National University stalwart led the scoring race with 143 points built on 128 spikes, 11 blocks and four service aces.Pablo also ranked second in the spiking department with a 39.75 percent success rating and wound up No. 9 in blocking with 0.42 average per set.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo It’s no longer a surprise who turned up when Pocari Sweat needed a win.Just a set away from elimination, the Lady Warriors banked on Pablo in crucial stretches to rally past Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, and forge a do-or-die semifinal match in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo beats UP, claims 2nd win in UAAP women’s basketball

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES University of the East, meanwhile, hung on and tamed Far Eastern University, 59-56, for its first win in the season.Eunice Chan finished with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-1, the same record as the Lady Tamaraws’.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLove Sto. Domingo aided Chan with 12 points and nine rebounds while Ruthlaine Tacula filled the stat sheets with eight points, seven boards, six assists, and three steals. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lakers’ Ingram alters shooting stroke, has grown 2 more inches—report Ateneo earned back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after sneaking past University of the Philippines, 52-51, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Cara Buendia had 10 points and eight boards to lead the Lady Eagles, who are undefeated at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

CWG: ‘Celebrate heroes and punish guilty’

first_imgSuccess of Indian athletes has been remarkableWorld champion wrestler Sushil Kumar entered the Indira Gandhi Stadium to the sort of deafening applause India reserves usually only for Sachin Tendulkar. When Saina Nehwal smashed her way out of a match point, the celebrations at Siri Fort Complex and in millions of homes across India was no less than when India beat Australia in the nerve wracking, nail biting Test match in Mohali.A young mother came up to Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee vicechairman Randhir Singh, requesting for her son to be introduced to Abhinav Bindra. She wanted to click a picture of her son with Bindra, so that he would have Bindra’s picture above his bed and would inspire him to emulate the heroics of the Olympic gold medallist. I cite these instances for all those who argue that the CWG were a colossal waste.Never before in India have so many people followed the fortunes of sports stars outside cricket so closely. While the Games are unlikely to transform India into a sporting power overnight, they are very likely to herald a new beginning. The ball that began to roll when Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore shot his way to a silver at the 2004 Olympics will now gather even greater momentum.Because inspired by the heroics of Bindra, Sushil, Vijender and other CWG stars, dozens of young boys and girls are expected to take to sports like never before. Haryana is a shining example of the magic that can unfold when youthful energy finds a platform and patronage. Inspired by Vijender, Akhil Kumar and Sushil and actively backed by the state government, hundreds of young kids are taking to taking to wrestling and boxing.advertisementThat athletes from Haryana won a whopping 15 gold and that the state would have stood fifth at the Games had it contested as a country is an example of what Indian youngsters can do when opportunity marries hard work.While some might find the ways of Haryana chief minister Bhoopinder Singh Hooda to be rustic, the fact remains that his patronage has transformed the lives of sportspersons in the state. He has given others the confidence that if they bring sporting glory they too can be assured of a good government job and enough money to sustain themselves and their families.In the 2006 Melbourne Games, Haryana athletes won one gold, three silver and one bronze. In four years, athletes have managed to win 15 of India’s 38 gold medals. This is no less than a minor miracle. His cahoots might break CWG protocol by getting medallists to come and touch his feet after winning bouts, international delegates might be appalled by the sycophancy, foreign athletes might snigger but India owes a big thank you to Hooda and his government for producing champions.Each champion will inspire a hundred dreams to take wing. While sports may not be a priority for Mayawati’s government in Uttar Pradesh, Karunanidhi’s government in Tamil Nadu, or for Yeddurappa’s bumbling government in Karnataka, but what is to stop some of the country’s more effective administrators like Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar, Ashok Gehlot or Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan to give sports the same impetus and push as Hooda.Just imagine the collective energies that would get unleashed if chief ministers got competitive about whose state wins more medals in international sporting events. India’s tally could double from 38 in time for Glasgow 2014. This is not an idle dream but one that India can achieve. Will this ever happen in our country? I’m afraid the chances are bleak.If these games are being considered a success it is because of the stellar performances of our athletes. Every Indian had to bow his head in shame as story after story broke of gross mismanagement and unimaginable plunder before the Games. From the Prime Minister downwards, they are all to be held accountable for having allowed the mess to perpetuate.What was the PM doing when Suresh Kalmadi and company dragged their feet, intentionally allowed the delays and then tried to push all expenses through at the last minute. They obviously knew that the government had no option but to clear the spending because the Games were nearing. Ex-CAG chief VK Shunglu has been appointed by the Prime Minister with the carte blanche to investigate all CWG-related fraud, but it will serve no good if the committee only looks for easy scapegoats.The noose is tightening around Kalmadi and Bhanot. But they are not the only ones, responsible for having defrauded India. The rot runs deep. Even people close to the PM are culpable. Kalmadi and chief minister Sheila Dixit have been given a cold shoulder by both the PM and Sonia, who did not invite them for the athletes’ felicitation functions. But a mere cold shoulder is not enough. The villains need to be punished and sent to jail.advertisementlast_img read more

Playboy model Candice is Aishwarya fan

first_imgI am a big fan of Aishwarya Rai, says Playboy model Candice Boucher, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Aazaan and describes it as an opportunity of a lifetime.”I did know about Bollywood before doing this film because while growing up in South Africa, we did have a few Indian movies showcased on the TV. I was aware a little bit about the industry that it’s very colourful and has a lot of music and dance,” Candice told IANS in an interview.”I don’t remember the names of the film right now, but as far as the actors are concerned, I am a big fan of Aishwarya Rai. She is gorgeous and a great actress too. The fact that she has made a mark not only in Bollywood but also Hollywood, speaks a lot about her. She is beautiful,” added the model who visited India six times earlier and loves the family bond people share here.The 27-year-old, who also modelled for magazines like FHM, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated and Elle, is excited about director Prashant Chadha’s “Aazaan”. Entrepreneur-turned-actor Sachin Joshi plays the male lead in the film, while Candice is roped in as a sand artist and as Sachin’s love interest in Aazaan, slated for an Oct 14 release.The model says being a part of a Hindi film was nerve-wracking for her. “Prashant got this project to me. He gave me a call when I was in New York last year and told me that he has a part that is perfect for me. I was little nervous because it was a Hindi movie. I don’t speak the language and my dancing is also not really up to the mark. “But Prashant kind of scripted the role around me and my personality and then he changed all my dialogues to English. It was a fun experience, but equally nerve-wracking,” said Candice.Will she stay and make a career in Bollywood? “Prashant just gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t say no to it. It was a learning experience. If I think about going in the Bollywood direction, I have to see my Hindi definitely.advertisementIt has to be a lot better and also the dancing. So at the moment I’m happy that I got this opportunity and I’ll keep on trying to learn Hindi. But Bollywood isn’t something I’ll only concentrate on.”However, if something great comes up, I’m open to the idea,” said Candice who has done an item song in the film, which was choreographed by Ashley Lobo.last_img read more