Talk ’N Text and Air21, coming off impressive wins in the opener, dispute the early lead when they clash today in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Denied of a record fourth straight Philippine Cup title after losing to eventual champion San Mig Super Coffee in the quarters, the Texters are hoping to make another run in their bid to return to the top.
Though the Texters have a plethora of stars, focus will be on veteran forward Rommel “KG” Cañaleta as he goes up against his former team.
CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah does not want to address the "gossip" surrounding a conversation he reportedly had All-Star Weekend with New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
"You want me to address that?" Noah said at Friday's shootaround in response to a question about an ESPN.com report Thursday that said he told Anthony he could win a championship if he signed with the Bulls as a free agent after the season. "I don't feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say about it."
Noah was asked if the reported recruiting pitch for Anthony had, in fact, happened, and he didn't deny the conversation took place.
GlobalPort and Alaska will try to bounce back after frustrating results in their opening assignments.
The Batang Pier dropped a close one to the Express, spoiling the debut of new coach Pido Jarencio.
Even more disappointing was the first game of the Aces, the tournament’s defending champions who looked lackluster against the Tropang Texters.
Philippine national men’s basketball coach Chot Reyes made an effort to convince Greg Slaughter and Marcio Lassiter not to withdraw from the pool of players training to represent the country in two international basketball events this year.
The two men announced their withdrawal from the pool on Wednesday, a decision they had told Reyes last Monday.
“Kinausap ako nung dalawa after nung practice on Monday to tell me nga that they were begging off because they didn’t want to take a slot away from anyone of the 12 players na naghirap noong FIBA Asia,” said Reyes.
La Salle coach Juno Sauler, who led the Green Archers to the UAAP title last season, was back at the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel bench in their opening match in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
A longtime assistant coach for the Gin Kings, Sauler was seen drawing up plays for the team in the endgame of their overtime victory over Barako Bull.
Ginebra executive Robert Non confirmed that management has allowed Sauler to take a more active role for the Gin Kings.
CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah wore a taped wrap over his ailing right thumb, but he said he will play through any pain he may have.
"It was cool," he said of Thursday's checkup, which revealed a sprain. "I got an MRI. I'm good."
Noah tore ligaments in the same thumb during the 2010-11 season and tried to play through the pain but ultimately had to have surgery a few weeks later. He missed two months.
Leon Rodgers and Chris Ellis combined for 48 points as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel pulled one over Barako Bull Energy Cola in overtime, 108-104, in the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Leon Rodgers had 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists playing both forward positions for Ginebra. Chris Ellis scored 17 points, making 3-of-4 from the arc, to go with seven rebounds. Japeth Aguilar and Mark Caguioa each had 12 points and combined for 13 rebounds. LA Tenorio had a near-triple double, tallying nine points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists to tie his career high.
"Yung breaks went to our side, especially yung sa overtime," said head coach Ato Agustin. He credited his team for adjusting their play, admitting that their team were making some changes on offense.
New York Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills met with Phil Jackson recently regarding the possibility of Jackson becoming the team's next coach, sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
The sources said Jackson, 68, told the Knicks he was not interested in the position.
The New York Daily News, meanwhile, reported Friday the Knicks have offered Jackson a front office position and that he is expected to deliver his decision sometime next week.
San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo was a game time decision for the Beermen’s first assignment in the PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Meralco.
The 6-foot-10 Fajardo, who was named Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup, was dressed for the game but did not play.
“He’s pretty much day to day. The ankle was too swollen. But we anticipate him to come back and play because it’s not that serious,” San Miguel Beer’s coaching consultant Todd Purves said of the Cebuano slotman’s condition.
MANILA, Philippines – National team coach Chot Reyes remains optimistic despite the decision of Greg Slaughter and Marcio Lassiter to withdraw from the Gilas Pilipinas training pool.
Reyes said he still has 15 players in the training pool, from which he will pick the Gilas Pilipinas final lineup for the FIBA Basketball World Cup tournament in August.
“We're 15-strong. We've always faced adversity. We've always found a way, or we will die trying #LabanPilipinasPuso,” he said through on his Twitter account.