The Philippine national men’s basketball team will compete with a full 12-man roster in its bid for the gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea after concerns about rival teams planning to protest naturalized player Marcus Douthit’s inclusion turned out to be unfounded.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) head Manuel V. Pangilinan told InterAksyon.com that he was informed by Gilas Pilipinas team manager Aboy Castro that no team raised any concern about Douthit’s eligibility in the Asian Games’ technical meeting.
Reports surfaced last Wednesday that Asian teams were planning on questioning the Philippines’ addition of Douthit to take the place of NBA player Andray Blatche, who was deemed ineligible for the tournament according to Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) rules, as teams are normally allowed to make replacements only due to injury.
MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) guard Mikee Reyes promised to be a better player next season after twice falling short in crunch time for the Fighting Maroons during the UAAP Season 77 tournament.
Reyes famously missed two potential game-winning free throws against Ateneo, and then bricked a potential go-ahead three-pointer in their last game of the season against the Adamson Falcons last Tuesday.
The loss to Adamson meant that UP ended the tournament with a 1-13 record, and failed their goal of winning at least three games.
It’s looking like the opening ceremonies of the PBA’s new season will be held at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial told InterAksyon.com that the biggest arena in the country has met the league’s standard after an ocular inspection on Thursday.
“Ok na, mayroon nang flooring, mayroon na siyang court, everything na kailangan para sa game,” Marcial said in a telephone interview.
Paul Lee, barring any unforeseen development, will sign a fresh three-year pact worth the maximum P15.12 million with Rain or Shine today before he leaves with the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Lee and agent Lawrence Chongson are expected at Rain or Shine’s Pasig City offices to sign the deal and end what had been weeks of messy developments surrounding the former Rookie of the Year’s future.
“I am happy that this is over and done with,” the 25-year-old Lee said in Filipino as he officially joins the long list of PBA superstar millionaires. “Coach (Yeng Guiao) also told me that everything will be well again in the team after I sign.”
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton says he is optimistic the team can sign point guard Ricky Rubio to a contract extension before the season begins, but he says the team doesn't feel in a rush to do so.
Milton spoke to reporters on Thursday after some of the team's young players, including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, participated in an informal workout as they get ready for training camp.
Newton says he and Wolves President Flip Saunders are having regular conversations with Rubio's agents about an extension. So far, the two sides have not agreed on terms.
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino basketball fans can expect Gilas Pilipinas to do their best at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea despite injuries to key players, head coach Chot Reyes promised on Wednesday.
Fresh off its historic run in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Gilas celebrated with Filipino basketball fans at a party Wednesday night, which also served as a send-off for the team for their Asiad campaign.
"Lalaban tayo ulit sa Korea," Reyes told the crowd that trooped to the Araneta Center to applaud Gilas Pilipinas, noting that they were "not in the habit of making promises."
This was the reaction of basketball “godfather” Manny V. Pangilinan yesterday to reports suggesting that Gilas Pilipinas might be forced to play with an 11-man roster in the Incheon 17th Asian Games in South Korea starting next week.
“This is unacceptable. We should have the allowable 12 players,” the tycoon said in a series of tweets through his official Twitter account, @iammvp, after newspapers published reports that Gilas could be facing that disadvantage in the Games.
MANILA, Philippines – For Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud, June Mar Fajardo’s performance at the recent FIBA World Cup highlights the importance of quality big men in the roster of Gilas Pilipinas.
Salud said that if the country could produce more quality big men like Fajardo, coupled with with consistent outside shooting, the Philippines will be a strong force in world tournaments.
“Our local big men will be the key in the future so that we do not need to overuse or over rely on our reinforcement. He will inevitably be either fatigued, injured or double-teamed,” Salud said in the PBA website.
INCHEON, South Korea—Philippine team chief of mission Richie Garcia and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan gave assurances yesterday that Marcus Douthit and Jimmy Alapag have secured slots in the Gilas Pilipinas national team at the Asian Games here.
Garcia, also the Philippine Sports Commission chair, said Douthit and Alapag have been officially listed in the national five following a strong appeal made by the Philippines before the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) during the delegation registration meeting last Sept. 11.
“Douthit is a legitimate inclusion to the team. He was not accepted as a replacement for Andray Blatche,” Garcia reiterated to clear questions on Douthit’s spot.
MANILA, Philippines – Naturalized center Andray Blatche is disappointed over his ineligibility for the 2014 Asian Games, but Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes expects the other members of the team to step up in his place.
"If you're on Twitter, you'll find out how disappointed he is," Reyes said of Blatche, who was a major part of the Philippines' historic run in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
"He even said that he misses his family, the guys, and he really wishes he could be here with us, but we have no control over the eligibility and other things," he added.