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Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin

MANILA – Coach Tab Baldwin is inclined to retain the dribble-drive system for the next batch of Gilas Pilipinas who will compete in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

Baldwin believes that it fits the playing style of Filipino players especially with their lack of height.

“At this point, I’m committed to use the dribble-drive offense, but it won’t constitute the entirety of our offense. But I do believe that it suits the style of Filipino players,” the national team coach said in the PBA website.

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Tony Parker named FIBA Men’s Player of the Year (January 30, 2015)
Benjamin Bornstein [ Source: ProjectSpurs ]

Tony Parker.

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker is a pretty good player, but you already knew that. Well, now he’s being recognized for that and for the second in a row I might add.

He was just announced as the FIBA Men’s Player of the Year, which is voted on by fans and a panel of experts.

He was given the award after helping the Spurs to the NBA Finals and title in 2014 making it the most by an European in the NBA. A few other ballers to win the award twice? Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrei Kirilenko. Sounds like some good company to be in.

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June Mar willing to return to Gilas (January 30, 2015)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

June Mar Fajardo of SMB is guarded by Alaska's Sonny Thoss in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals. Photo by PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beer’s big man June Mar Fajardo is very much willing to serve the country once again if he gets the call to re-join Gilas Pilipinas for the coming 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

Fajardo was one of Gilas Pilipinas’ vital cogs during the Philippines second-place finish in the 2013 edition of the Asian tournament and there’s a big possibility that he would get summoned again when the country competes in China this September.

“Why not? Kasi Gilas 'yun eh, para sa bayan 'yun eh,” the amiable Cebuano said during San Migue Beer’s victory party on Wednesday. “Kung kukunin ako at papayagan ako ng San Miguel, why not?”

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SBP gains cited in bid process (January 29, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Chot Reyes with Gilas’ FIBA Asia second place trophy. Photo from Philippine Star.

MANILA, Philippines - As the Philippines firms up its bid to host the FIBA World Cup in 2019, TV5 Sports head and MVP Sports Foundation executive director Chot Reyes said yesterday the SBP’s gains are a strong indication that the country is ready to roll out the red carpet for the best players on the planet.

The next FIBA World Cup will welcome a record 32 teams, the most since the event was inaugurated in 1950. The teams will be split into eight groups of four during the preliminary stage. The host nation will provide four venues for the preliminary games, assigning two groups each.

Reyes, the former Gilas head coach, cited the Philippines’ improved ranking in the FIBA ladder since the SBP’s formation as proof that the national basketball program is moving in the right direction. It’s also a plus point for the host to field a competitive team in the World Cup.

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Ex-NBA Center Earl Barron To Play in Chinese League (January 28, 2015)
Evan Caulfield [ Source: SirCharlesInCharge ]

Sep 29, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Earl Barron poses for a portrait during media day at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bakersfield Jam center Earl Barron has reportedly signed a deal to play with the Chinese basketball team Shanxi Zhongyu, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Barron originally signed with the Phoenix Suns at the start of the 2014-2015 season, but was waived to make room for veteran big man Shavlik Randolph shortly after training camp.

A week later he was picked up by the Bakersfield Jam as an affiliate player, and played phenomenal through 25 games, earning the NBA D-League Player of the Week with averages of 31.9 points, 12 rebounds and 1 steal on 57.1% shooting.

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International Basketball

The International Basketball Federation recently appointed former Philippine national men’s basketball team captain Jimmy Alapag to the FIBA Players’ Commission for the 2014-2019 term of office.

Alapag was one among the players who saw action during last year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the first time the Philippines qualified and participated in the biggest basketball tournament in the world for the first time in over 30 years.

He has since retired from playing and is currently the team manager of the PBA’s Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

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Fiba execs here today to assess PH W. Cup bid (January 27, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

A THREE-MAN evaluation team from the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) is planing in today to inspect the prospective venues and determine the Philippines’ capability to host the 2019 World Cup.

And on Thursday, Patrick Baumann, the powerful Fiba secretary general, will fly in to join the team.

The Philippines played host to the global tournament in 1978.

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