It’s looking like American mentor Tab Baldwin could have the inside track on the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s head coaching job after Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan confirmed that he was a “prime candidate” for the position on Wednesday.
Pangilinan, the chief backer of the Gilas Pilipinas national squad, said that the decision has not been finalized, though Baldwin appears to be among the favorites for the post at this stage.
“I’m waiting for Pato (Gregorio) and executive director Sonny Barrios to return from Geneva so we can formalize the appointment of the new Gilas coach,” wrote Pangilinan in a text message to InterAksyon.com.
MIES (3x3) - Following the FIBA 3x3 All Stars where he led his Novi Sad team to victory, Dejan Majstorovic has replaced team-mate Dusan Domovic Bulut at the top of the 3x3 Individual World Ranking with 986,400 points.
The sharp-shooting Serb narrowly edges out fellow countrymen Bulut and Marko Savic, who are second and third respectively.
"The feeling is great. I'm very happy to be number one", the 26-year-old said.
Talk ‘N Text coaching consultant Tab Baldwin said that he was not aware of any official decision regarding the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s head coaching position and that reports of him being set to take over were merely “rumors” at this stage.
“Nothing to confirm at the moment. Just rumors. I’m waiting like everyone else for the decision,” Baldwin told InterAksyon.com on Wednesday.
A report surfaced on a New Zealand website stating that the American-born Baldwin had made a “full-time commitment” to the Gilas Pilipinas national team and was set to be named head coach in the near future.
MANILA, Philippines – Well-traveled basketball coach Tab Baldwin is reportedly set to be named the new head coach of the Philippine national basketball team.
A New Zealand website reported Wednesday that Baldwin will not be returning to his old post as coach of the Tall Blacks – the New Zealand national basketball team – and instead take over as Gilas Pilipinas coach.
"NZhoops can reveal that Baldwin has committed to a full-time role with the Philippines national side, with the American-born coach set to be unveiled as their head coach in the coming days," the website reported.
In a recent postgame press conference, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt made special mention to the Philippine national men’s basketball team for its performance in the FIBA Basketball World Cup this year.
The multi-titled international coach quickly showed some love for Gilas Pilipinas upon hearing that journalist Rex Alba, who was about to ask Blatt a question, is from the Philippines.
“I love the Philippines. I’m glad to see that they did so well this year in the world championships. Great for them and the country,” Blatt said after the Cavaliers’ 97-88 win over the Charlotte Hornets last Tuesday.
Former 76er Arnett Moultrie has signed with the Jiangsu Basketball Club of the Chinese Basketball League, according to Yahoo Sports.
The Sixers traded Moultrie to the New York Knicks before this season. The Knicks turned around and waived the 6-foot-11 power forward.
Moultrie was drafted by the Miami Heat out of Mississippi State in June 2012 and traded to the Sixers on draft night.
The Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association didn't have a jersey ready for former NBA player Will Bynum to wear in his team debut, so he created a makeshift jersey to get himself through the game.
Bynum used two simple items to modify his uniform: paper and tape.
It wasn't aesthetically pleasing, but it got the job done—for the most part.