While some players from other PBA teams encounter problems with their ballclub when it comes to joining the national team, it has never been a problem for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
In 2012, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan formed part of the core of the Gilas Pilipinas national pool. Last year, Beau Belga was added as a member late in the process and proved to be a valuable piece of the team during its buildup, being the last man cut from the FIBA Asia Championship roster.
This year, Paul Lee is the freshest face on the team as one of just a handful of additions selected by Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes.
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Monday approved the naturalization of Brooklyn Nets big man Andray Blatche on third reading.
Rep. Robbie Puno filed the bill seeking Blatche’s naturalization on January 29, saying the 6-foot-11 forward/center will be a major boost to the Philippine national team when they play in the FIBA World Cup in August and September.
“Mr. Blatche, with his exceptional ability in the field of basketball, complemented by his commendable work ethic, will certainly bring pride and honor to our country. As such, he truly deserves to enjoy the full benefits of Philippine citizenship,” Puno said.
With the overwhelming response of viewers to the TV5 broadcast of the Philippine Cup, the network has increased the number of PBA games to air five days a week starting on March 17.
Primetime games of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup will air live over TV5 at 8 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,
Fans can get more basketball action on the weekend as TV5 will air two games every Saturday, with the first game at 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. The action continues on Super Ball Sunday, which features doubleheaders beginning at 3 p.m. along with Sports5 Center.
Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo shone the brightest in the Seaoil NBTC High School All-Star Game Sunday as he led Seaoil Extreme-Dark squad to a 123-94 win over Seaoil Mako-Light on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Ravena finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists in the lopsided victory to come away with the Most Valuable Player award in the game that capped off the Seaoil NBTC National High School Championship, the official grassroots development program of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
Ravena, who also won the MVP award in last season’s UAAP cagefest, had eight points in the third quarter that saw Dark take an 87-67 lead over the Light team.
No less than PBA chairman Ramon Segismundo is backing Gilas’ bid to play as the 11th team in the Governors Cup slated to start in early May. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios hopes it happens, too. And Gilas national coach Chot Reyes would be ecstatic if the PBA Board of Governors agrees.
The PBA Board has actually bent over backwards in adjusting the season schedule to allow more training time for Gilas. Originally, the 39th season would’ve ended sometime the third week of August, leaving barely a month for Gilas to prepare for the FIBA World Cup in Spain on Aug. 30-Sept. 14. To accommodate Gilas, the PBA Board reduced the finals of both the Commissioner’s and Governors Cup from best-of-seven to best-of-five, shortened the rest periods in between conferences and compressed the elimination schedules. For the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup, for instance, four elimination doubleheaders are calendared on a Saturday, usually not a playing day.
Additionally, the PBA Board gave Reyes blanket authority to choose any player from any team to add to the Gilas pool. Reyes took the cue and enlisted Rain Or Shine’s Paul Lee, Meralco’s Jared Dillinger, Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and San Miguel Beer’s Marcio Lassiter to bring up the cast to 17. The pool includes the 12 who played at the FIBA-Asia Championships and reserve Beau Belga of Rain Or Shine but excludes Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche whose naturalization is now on third reading in Congress. Subsequently, Slaughter and Lassiter begged off citing valid reasons.
MANILA, Philippines – Instead of re-amending the PBA third conference format to accommodate Gilas Pilipinas as 11the team, SMC official Robert Non is suggesting that the PBA should just hold a separate short tournament for the national team after the current PBA season.
“That’s another option we’re looking at,” Non told The STAR.
“Let’s not touch anymore the season format. Let’s make it simple by holding perhaps a four-team tourney involving Gilas plus two different PBA selections and a foreign team. The theme could be ‘Beat Gilas,’” Non also said.
alk ‘N Text center Ali Peek announced his retirement between conferences via Twitter. It was an apt way for Peek to end a PBA career that saw him quietly work hard for his team without little fanfare.
On Sunday, with Peek in the studio as guest, Sports5 Center paid tribute to the gentle big man.
But with the big man having more time on his hands, Ali Peek is trying to find things that will keep him busy after his playing days.
Greg Slaughter and Marcio Lassiter’s refusal to join the Gilas Pilipinas squad is not enough to revoke their Games and Amusement Board (GAB) licenses, according to an official from the government organization.
A GAB official confirmed with GMA News Online that there exists no precedent that will force the organization to revoke the cagers’ licenses.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa kaming na-encounter na ganyan,” said a GAB official, who asked not to be named. “Normally, conduct lang sa court. Siguro sinabi niya yon kasi kami lang ang puwedeng mag-revoke.”
HOUSTON -- Coach Kevin McHale said it first and then player after player echoed his sentiment: Early in the season Houston wouldn't have won the type of game they did Sunday night.
James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and the Rockets rallied for a 118-113 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
"There's no way we win this game early on in the year," Chandler Parsons said. "So I think that shows a lot about our growth and maturity and just how much we're coming together and how well we're playing right now."
OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Steve Blake checked in at the scorer's table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out.
Jackson, a self-described "feel coach," changed his plan. He had Blake enter instead for Andre Iguodala, who looked over at Curry and laughed on the way to the bench.
Curry keyed the deciding run later in the third quarter. He finished with 18 points and nine assists on a strained right quad, helping the Warriors hold off the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.