Japeth Aguilar. FIBA photo

The Philippine national men’s basketball team took another blow as high-flying forward Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra is unlikely to have another tour of duty following an injured pinky finger.

Aguilar will need at least 12 weeks to recover from a surgery to repair his dislocated finger, according to his agent Marvin Espiritu who posted the injury on Instagram.

Aguilar has been a staple with the national team since the beginning of the Gilas Pilipinas program in 2010. He was a member of the squad that reached the FIBA World Cup last year.

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Fiba 3×3 under way Saturday (July 31, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

Defending champion Manila West and Manila South will collide early after ending up in the same group in the 2015 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Manila Masters reeling off this weekend at Robinsons Place Manila.

Manila North—the third Philippine team in the tournament offering two World Tour berths—also faces a tough assignment on opening day after getting grouped with a former world champion.

“Last year was already very hard, but we’re trying to stay positive,” said Terrence Romeo, who’s back to spearhead Manila West’s title bid together with KG Canaleta, Rey Guevarra and Aldrech Ramos.

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 Gilas holdover Gabe Norwood will re-join the national pool on Thursday night. FIBA

MANILA, Philippines -- Fresh from his vacation trip in the United States, Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood will immediately join the Gilas Pilipinas practice on Thursday night.

Norwood, who arrived in the country just last Wednesday, is the only player that Rain or Shine will lend to the national pool.

"Yes, confirmed na si Gabe (Norwood) lang ang napagkasunduan ng management na ipapahiram," Atty. Mamerto Mondragon, Rain or Shine's board governor, told Philstar.com on Thursday.

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Terrence Romeo (2nd from left) and the amazing mall atmosphere are only two reasons to watch the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters live on YouTube on 1-2 August. FIBA

MANILA (2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - The FIBA 3x3 World Tour starts again on 1-2 August in Manila, Philippines and we look at ten reasons to follow the Manila Masters on FIBA 3x3's official YouTube channel.

1. LIVESTREAM: All games in HD with on the commentaries Aaron Atayde, the voice of basketball in the Philippines

2. MORE VIDEOS: Dunk highlights, Top Plays, Interviews, Mixtapes. Will there be enough pop corn?

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Jayson Castro. FIBA photo

The Philippine national men’s basketball team finally began its preparations for the FIBA Asia Championship, with a number of veterans and new faces appearing in a workout session on Wednesday night at the Meralco Gym.

Gilas Pilipinas mainstays Jayson Castro and Ranidel De Ocampo of Talk ‘N Text and Gary David of Meralco attended the first practice conducted by Tab Baldwin as national team coach.

Also present in the workout were Matt Ganuelas-Rosser of Talk ‘N Text, Dondon Hontiveros and Sonny Thoss of Alaska, JC Intal of Barako Bull, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, Asi Taulava of NLEX and PBA draft hopeful Troy Rosario.

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Jamal Murray. Julio Cortez

Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy — easily my favorite national college basketball writer/columnist — talked with Kentucky coach John Calipari about the possible conflict facing incoming freshman Jamal  Murray over the start of his collegiate career versus playing for Canada in the FIBA Americas Championship Aug. 31-Sept. 12. That’s a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics

Kentucky starts classes Aug. 26. Murray, who was a star for Canada in the recent Pan-American Games, would miss two weeks of classes if he played in the full FIBA Americas Championship.

Calipari told DeCourcy he had given Canadian officials a "drop-dead” date Murray would have to arrive on campus for classes to be eligible for the full season.

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International Basketball

MIES (2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup) - On Friday 7 August, FIBA's Central Board will announce who of The People's Republic of China or the Philippines will host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

In the lead-up to the decision, FIBA.com takes a closer look at the proposals made by both countries, focusing on four key areas:
1. Vision and concept
2. Experience in hosting events
3. Basketball history
4. Cities and venues

Here, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (the basketball federation of the Philippines) provides information about its experience in hosting events.

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