MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is planning to bring in players from other Asian countries to add flavor and interest in the league.

The league is looking to implement the “Asian integration” in the season-ending Governors’ Cup wherein the PBA clubs are allowed to field one player each with a 6-foot-4 height ceiling.

“The board agreed to try it for one conference specifically and exclusively for marketing outside the country and within the Asian region,” said PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio in the league’s official website.

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Following the epic turnaround of the National University sports program in recent years, it’s no surprise that businessman and chief NU backer Hans Sy is being wooed to test the waters on a bigger stage – the PBA.

A highly-placed source revealed that a meeting has been arranged between Sy and PBA commissioner Chito Salud, although the businessman himself declined to comment about it for now.

“Wala pa, I couldn’t comment yet. It’s very attractive but I cannot comment yet,” Sy told a small group of sportswriters after the Bulldogs booked a seat in the UAAP finals for the first time in 44 years.

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Stanley Pringle of Globalport during the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft. ABS-CBN NEWS PHOTO

MANILA, Philippine – First overall rookie draft pick Stanley Pringle is making gains in his practices with PBA team GlobalPort.

The 6-foot-1 former ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) player reported that things are working out quite well as far as their tune-up games are concerned.

The Pido Jarencio-mentored GlobalPort held the Changwon LG Sakers to a 78-78 deadlock and blasted the Kuwait national team, 71-49, in the following tune-up.

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San Miguel Beer's June Mar Fajardo goes to the basket against Rain or Shine in this file photo. Photo by Mark Cristino

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen are slowly but surely learning the system of new head coach Leo Austria, although they still have a long way to go, especially with star center JuneMar Fajardo still with the national team.

Austria took over the head coaching duties in the offseason after the Beermen slumped to another subpar campaign despite having one of the most talented line-ups in the league, as well as the PBA MVP in Fajardo.

"So far, we're doing well in implementing the system that I want, especially on defense," Austria said, as quoted by the PBA website. "I'm very particular on our defense. I want them to play according to the system, not through the individual defense nila."

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Matthew Ganuelas Rosser of Talk 'N Text. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

On some of his jerseys, the name on the back says ‘Ganuelas’, on others ‘Rosser’.

When he steps onto the PBA floor as a member of the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, rookie Matt Ganuelas Rosser wants to pay tribute to both of his names and have ‘Ganuelas Rosser’ spelled out in full.

“When I first came here and played for the national team, I had to use Ganuelas. Now I want to use both in tribute to both names,” he told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

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MANILA, Philippines – PBA commissioner Chito Salud and the league chair Patrick Gregorio are to meet with their counterparts with the Korean Basketball League Thursday to look for possible areas of cooperation or tie-ups.

Salud sought the meeting to make the most of their Seoul visit.

“We're reaching out with our Asian counterparts,” said Gregorio.

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PBA slates 10-month, 3-conference season (October 01, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]


SEOUL, South Korea—The Philippine Basketball Association will have a 10-month season starting Oct. 19 as it accommodates a 12-team field that will play three long conferences beginning with the Philippine Cup.

The league’s board of governors unanimously approved the Oct. 19 to Aug. 7 schedule that will have games scheduled at least four times a week, sometimes five, when out-of-town games are slated on Saturdays.

After the Philippine Cup—the most prestigious title staked every year—the import-flavored Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups will be played where imports of unlimited height will be allowed for the tail-ending four teams.

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