Hapee Toothpaste has not played a single game yet in the PBA D-League but the franchise is already looking ahead at one day joining the big boys.
Looking at how Gilas Pilipinas had grabbed the nation’s attention with its performance in the FIBA Asia last year and the FIBA World Cup in Spain last month, Hapee CEO and President Cecilio Pedro said this has made him seriously consider joining the PBA in the near future.
But it will also depend, Pedro said, on how his team will perform in the D-League.
BUOYED by a modest showing in their first crack last year, Wang’s Ballclub is looking forward to a much-improved, much-better performance in the coming PBA Aspirant’s Cup basketball championship scheduled later this month.
And Wang’s new-found confidence is getting the attention of the basketball community, including fellow PBA D-League teams.
With no less than basketball patron Alex Wang personally overseeing the team’s ambitious pre-season buildup, the Mandaluyong-based team is tipped to figure prominently in the title hunt in this 13-team competition.
MANILA, Philippines – Former National U and NLEX star Bobby Ray Parks is returning to Philippine basketball, bannering the Hapee Toothpaste team that takes over the NLEX franchise in the PBA D-League.
Parks has signed up a two-conference contract with the Lamoiyan Corporation squad in an effort to stay fit while waiting for the next NBA off-season where he plans to make a second and last try at making the NBA.
“It’s his dream and a promise to his dad (the late PBA Hall-of-Fame import Bobby Parks),” said Charlie Dy, the agent of the Fil-Am forward.
SUPPORTING the promotion of sports among young Filipinos, Hapee Toothpaste is making a comeback at the PBA D-League by appointing former PBA star Ronnie Magsanoc as its head coach.
Lamoiyan Corporation through its flagship brand Hapee Toothpaste has joined the league to tap the potential talents of Filipino youth when it comes to sports especially in basketball.
“Basketball in the country is very famous, but we are still behind other countries. I think it still needs a lot of support from different individuals and organizations in order for the country to be at par with leading countries,” said Dr. Cecilio Pedro, presdient of the Lamoiyan Corporation .
MANILA, Philippines – PBA hopefuls must now go through the league’s developmental league – the PBA D-League – or serve the national team to be eligible for the annual PBA Rookie Draft.
The PBA board of governors has just passed this ruling, leaving no one excuse from first showing their worth in the D-League.
Under the old draft rule, only Fil-foreign players, 26 years old and below, were required to go through the D-League, needing to play a certain minimum number of games.
MANILA, Philippines – Former National University (NU) star Ray Parks vowed to continue to pursue his dream of making it to the NBA next year.
But in the meantime, he will stay in Manila and may even play in the PBA D-League.
Parks had a much-publicized workout for the Los Angeles Lakers this year but could not play in the NBA Summer League due to a technicality that made him ineligible.
MANILA – Teenage heartthrob Daniel Padilla has given up the spot in the AMA Titans after the team drafted him to play in the PBA D-League.
The Titans selected the actor in the 15th and last round of the 2014 PBA D-League draft last Monday. Padilla initially denied being drafted to the D-League.
The 19-year-old later said he has pulled out of the AMA Titans, adding he cannot attend practices due to his hectic showbiz schedule.