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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guaio. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine will have a choice to make when the 2014 PBA Draft comes along on Sunday.

The Elasto Painters own the second overall pick of the draft and have expressed interest in former Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool member Matt Ganuelas Rosser.

But Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told that they are willing to move the pick if there are any takers.

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Gilas experience a huge advantage for Kevin Alas (August 20, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]


MANILA, Philippines – Former Letran star and rookie hopeful Kevin Alas believes his experience playing as a Gilas Pilipinas cadet is a great advantage for him as he prepares for the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft.

Alas, who was one of the last players to file his application for the draft, admits that his participation in the Gilas program was one of the factors that he considered.

"'Yung programa ng Gilas, tuloy-tuloy 'yan," said Alas, who was part of the Gilas team that won the bronze medal in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup last month. "Pag hindi ako nagpa-draft, tuloy-tuloy pa rin 'yung programa, part pa rin ako."

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Stephon Marbury. Beijing Ducks v Guangdong Southern Tigers - CBA Final Game 5

I would pay to see this — he really is going to be Starbury.

Stephon Marbury is getting his own play. In China. And he is going to star in it.

Marbury played 13 NBA seasons, being named to two All-Star teams, but as his stateside career wound down he took his talents to China for the payday. There he led the Beijing Ducks to the 2011-2012 Chinese Basketball Association title. That led them to put up a statue of Marbury in Beijing.

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MANILA, Philippines – Former ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) import Stanley Pringle, Gilas cadet Matt Rosser and Cebuano ace Brian Heruela stood out on Day 2 of the 2014 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Pringle, who last played for the Indonesia Warriors, tallied the fastest time in the 3/4 court sprint, registering 3.06 seconds. This was followed by Heruela, who recorded 3.09 seconds.

“It’s an honor to be considered one of the top prospects in the Draft. I just wanted to come out and do all the skills tests here in the Combine,” Pringle, who is expected to become the top overall pick, said in the PBA website.

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High hopes for Belorio in Draft (August 20, 2014)
[ Source: Philippine Star ]


MANILA, Philippines - Jonathan Belorio, former skipper of  the Letran Knights, is expected to be picked high in the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Draft set to be held on Sunday at Robinson’s Ermita in Manila.

Measured at 6’3, the high-leaping Belorio was a member of the 2012 Letran team which battled San Beda in the finals alongside fellow draft applicant Kevin Alas and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan.

The Knights may have lost in the finals, but collegiate fans remember Belorio as a versatile big man, who can score from inside and out and can easily play the no. 3 and 4 spots, a rare skill that would serve him well in the pro league.

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Sabellina impresses at Gatorade PBA Draft Combine (August 20, 2014)
Ricky Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Mclean Sabellina during the PBA Draft Combine.

MANILA, Philippines – With one thunderous jam, Mclean Sabellina served notice to the various PBA coaches gathered for Day 2 of the Gatorade PBA Draft Combine that they might want to re-evaluate some of their pre-draft choices.

Sabellina, the 6’3” forward from Boracay Rhum and formerly of the STI Olympians, flashed into the lane and collected a zip pass from Philip Paniamogan, who drew the defense when he drove hard down the left baseline.

The Cagayan De Oro native rose and dunked the ball in traffic sending the crowd at the Gatorade Hoops Center oohing and ahhing.

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Derrick Rose sits out practice but will play in Team USA's next exhibition game (August 20, 2014)
Mike Mazzeo and Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

Derrick Rose sat out of practice Tuesday to rest his knees but is expected to play in Team USA's exhibition Wednesday night. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Derrick Rose sat out his second consecutive day of practice Tuesday to rest his surgically repaired knees but is still scheduled to play for Team USA in its exhibition game Wednesday night against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden.

A source familiar with Rose's condition told's Nick Friedell that Rose has been bothered by knee soreness since his return to the floor Saturday night in an exhibition victory over Brazil in Chicago and requested the extra time to recover. But Team USA officials, to this point, have downplayed concerns about Rose's status.

The fact that Rose missed a second consecutive workout is bound to worry some Bulls fans back in Chicago, given the star guard's knee problems over the past two seasons, but Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski actually revealed in a radio interview Monday with ESPN's "Mike and Mike" that he was planning to hold Rose out of practice for the first two days of the week.

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Guiao: Rain or Shine weighing Pacquiao option (August 20, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine, which owns the second overall pick in the coming PBA Draft, has a relatively long list of possible picks from a pool that does not have the formidable big man the Elasto Painters are actually looking for.

And that list includes the name of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

“There’s definitely no one (in the pool) of the caliber of the big man that we are looking for,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer over the phone Tuesday, the final day of the 2014 Gatorade biometric test for rookies.

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Pumaren warns: UE 'can't afford to make mistakes' (August 20, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]


MANILA, Philippines – There is little room for error for the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors as they try to get back in the Final Four race of the UAAP Season 77 tournament, according to head coach Derrick Pumaren.

The Warriors stumbled in the first round as they lost four consecutive games, often in heartbreaking fashion, but recently got back on track with win over University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Philippines (UP).

They now have a 4-4 win-loss record, good for a share of fifth place along with the Growling Tigers.

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UST coach calls on other Tigers to step up (August 20, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]


MANILA – University of Santo Tomas (UST) head coach Bong Dela Cruz wants the other members of his team to step up as the Growling Tigers make a push for a Final Four spot in the second round of the UAAP Season 77 tournament.

UST currently has a 4-4 win-loss record and holds a share of the fifth spot with University of the East.

"Kailangan namin mag-build ng winning streak," said Dela Cruz.

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