Parks locked on NBA dream, foregoes 2015 PBA Draft (July 31, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Bobby Ray Parks

Not this year.

With the deadline for the applications for the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, one prospect will not be joining the annual selection.

Ray Parks Jr. has opted to continue pursuit of the NBA dream and await training camp invites in the United States.

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 Brgy. Ginebra point guard listens to former Denver Nuggets head coach discussing about the triangle offense. Alder Almo

MANILA, Philippines – Brgy. Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio re-acquainted himself with the Triangle system after a chance encounter with another disciple of the famous basketball offense in former Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw.

Tenorio watched Shaw ran some of the basic triangle drills during the NBA Fit basketball clinic at the Gatorade Hoops Center on Wednesday afternoon. 

“Pinag-usapan namin how important is being fundamentally sound before running the triangle offense or any offense,” said Tenorio of his brief chat with Shaw, who played and eventually became an assistant coach of Phil Jackson at the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Earl Thompson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

There were a dozen young men running around a parquet floor, one man barking orders and another older man sitting like a king looking at knights to fight for his kingdom.

It was a few strokes after six am, early enough everyone to eat breakfast and watch the morning news.

These 14 people were not everyone. They were the University of Perpetual Help Altas.

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Alaska: No plan to trade Abueva (July 30, 2015)
Richard Dy [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Calvin Abueva. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska board governor Dickie Bachmann reiterated that the Aces have no plans of trading flamboyant forward Calvin Abueva to any team, debunking recent reports that management is now getting rid of the former PBA Rookie of the Year.

Bachmann explained that the undersized Alaska forward has improved a lot in his third season as a pro under coach Alex Compton, who puts premium on character and talent.

“Our organization has always tried to help someone in the team change for the better. It’s not just Calvin,” Bachmann confided to Philstar.com on Wednesday.

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Troy Rosario tunes out pre-PBA draft noise (July 30, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

PBA

MANILA, Philippines – Former National University (NU) forward Troy Rosario has heard rumors about where he will be picked in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

But the high-leaping forward said he won't believe anything until he is actually selected.

"Marami akong naririnig," Rosario told ABS-CBNnews.com on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena, where he watched the NCAA game between San Beda College and University of Perpetual Help. "First pick, second pick, mga ganoon."

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Ahanmisi in Blackwater’s radar (July 30, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

PBA

Blackwater has the ninth pick in the coming PBA draft and team governor Silliman Sy said yesterday the coaching staff, led by Leo Isaac, hopes to tap 6-2 guard Fil-Nigerian Maverick Ahanmisi of the University of Minnesota if he’s still available when the Elite takes its turn.

It would’ve been the top slot for Blackwater but that was traded to Talk ‘N’ Text for veteran Larry Rodriguez who, unfortunately, is in the injured list. The Elite also got the Texters’ first pick, No. 9, in the trade. No sense crying over spilt milk. Looking forward, the Elite has the No. 9 and No. 13 picks in the draft. Ahanmisi and former La Salle guard Almond Vosotros are on top of Blackwater’s wish list.

“Ahanmisi is now in the US but he’ll be back within the week,” said Sy. “The team owner of Café France, which he played for in the PBA D-League, vouched for his working habit and attitude. Our coaching staff has watched him play and we’re now weighing the probabilities of getting him as our first round choice. We expect him to play the two or three spot. He has a good outside shot. We’re also hoping to pick Vosotros.”

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LA Tenorio. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines – Star playmaker LA Tenorio admitted that Barangay Ginebra's title slump has been affecting his family.

The former Ateneo standout has yet to see a title win for the Gin Kings since he joined Ginebra in 2012.

Even fans have high expectations for the never-say-die team, which last won a PBA title in 2008.

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