Ranidel de Ocampo of Gilas Pilipinas slips past the defense of Argentina's Luis Scola. FIBA Photo

Philippine national men’s basketball team forward Ranidel De Ocampo has been silently effective for the country in international competition.

But the sweet-shooting big man, along with the rest of his Gilas Pilipinas teammates, has not shied away from talking about the elusive Asian Games gold medal, which the team will aspire for in the upcoming competition in Incheon, Korea.

“Wala kaming ibang pinag-uusapan dito kung hindi gold,” De Ocampo told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

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Japeth Aguilar of Gilas Pilipinas with a monster dunk against Senegal. FIBA Photo

Unbeknown to many, Japeth Aguilar, the most athletic big man on the Philippine national men’s basketball team roster, has been playing hurt for more than a year now after suffering a broken pinky finger on his left hand in last year’s FIBA Asia Championship in Manila.

The high-flying 6-foot-9 forward disclosed this to InterAksyon.com during Gilas Pilipinas’ practice on Monday, admitting he has been gutting it out over the past year despite the injury.

“Ipinagpaliban ko muna yung operation ko sa left pinky finger ko,” Aguilar said in an exclusive interview.

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Chot keeps options open on AG list (September 16, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines -  Philippine national basketball team coach Chot Reyes said yesterday he’s not in a rush to submit Gilas’ final 12-man lineup to the Asian Games Organizing Committee as the deadline won’t be until a day or two before the start of the competitions.

Reyes called Gilas’ first practice last Saturday since arriving from the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Paul Lee was absent but came the next day. Japeth Aguilar missed last Sunday’s session after showing up the previous day. Jayson Castro reported and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee yesterday.

“We can’t go full-court because guys are still recovering from Spain,” said Reyes. “We won’t do any practice games so as not to expose our guys to injuries. We’re keeping our options open as to our final lineup. We won’t be asked to submit our 12-man roster until Sept. 18 or 19. The lineup will depend on who’s healthy. Jayson might still be able to join. Ping (Marc Pingris) isn’t 100 percent but hopefully, he’ll be ready for Incheon.”

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Depth and unselfish nature carry Team USA (September 16, 2014)
Larry Fine [ Source: Reuters ]

  Coach Mike Krzyewski (R) of the U.S. celebrates winning their Basketball World Cup final game against Serbia in Madrid September 14, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Sergio Perez

(Reuters) - A spate of late withdrawals, a serious injury to Paul George and several marquee names missing appeared to put Team USA under a cloud for the 2014 Basketball World Cup and for future international competition.

Instead, a group of sharp-shooting NBA regulars were unbeaten in Spain and produced a 129-92 victory over Serbia in the final to underline the depth the U.S. have at their disposal.

Stalwarts LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul were missing from the initial training camp, with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin bowing out late in the process before Indiana forward George broke his leg in training and could now miss the NBA season.

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Kyrie Irving.  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

So much of the talk during Team USA’s pre-FIBA training camp concerned how head coach Mike Krzyzewski would construct a team perfectly suited to stop Spain’s formidable frontcourt for when—not if—the two sides met in the final.

But with upstart Serbia crashing the final in Spain’s stead, it was Kyrie Irving who proved he's perfectly suited to become the face of Team USA's future.

Irving was electric in Sunday’s gold-medal game, tallying 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting (including a perfect 6-of-6 from distance) in a 129-92 blowout win, helping Team USA secure its fourth straight first-place finish in international competition.

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Stein's FIBA World Cup All-Tourney Team (September 16, 2014)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

The frontcourt work of Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis earned them a gold medal and a spot here. Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images

MADRID -- After more than three weeks in Spain, it's time to start relocating this operation back to the Power Rankings Dungeon in Dallas.

After all: Did you know that next season -- and thus the season's first batch of new rankings -- is a mere 10 days away?

While you process that, here's something else to digest and discuss: Stein Line Live's 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup All-Tournament Team.

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Gilas Pilipinas win Best Country Award (September 15, 2014)
[ Source: FIBA ]

Gilas fans was voted as the best fans in the FIBA World Cup. FIBA Photo

MADRID (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - The Philippines, popularly known as Gilas Pilipinas, won as the MVF Best Country Award.

As a tribute to the millions of basketball fans from the South East Asian team - playing in FIBA's flagship event for the first time in four decades - a video was played during the halftime break of the Final.

The concept of MVF was directly inspired from that of MVP (Most Valuable Player), the ultimate honour given to the best player in a basketball competition.

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