MANILA, Philippines – Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, has yet to respond to Manny Pacquiao’s offer to acquire his services as a PBA import for Kia Sorentos.
World Peace, however, was vocal about his fondness for the Filipino boxing icon and the Philippines in general, which he reiterated in a blog titled “Much Love for Manny Pacquiao and the Philippines”.
“Pacman and The Panda’s Friend sounds like the ultimate arcade game. Manny Pacquiao is an international star, I have much love for the Philippines,” he wrote in the blog that was published in rantsports.com.
MANILA, Philippines – South Korean basketball legend Shin Dong Pa and Philippines’ “The Living Legend” Sonny Jaworski are expected to cross path anew but not as on-court rivals when the Changwong LG Sakers play Brgy. Ginebra Kings in an exhibition match on Sept. 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Shin and Jaworski have shared memorable battles in the Asian Games back in their primes but forged mutual respect and friendship off the court.
With LG Electronics, the chief backer of the exhibition match, confirming the Korean legend’s visit to the country to grace the Sakers-Kings friendly match, there is much anticipation that Jaworski will also show up to throw support to his former team Brgy. Ginebra.
Now 41, Asi Taulava still has a mission that he wants to fulfill before hanging up his sneakers — win a championship for the NLEX Road Warriors.
Taulava, the oldest player in the league, made the first step towards that goal after signing a two-year extension with NLEX, a team that acquired his previous squad, the Air 21 Express.
NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre told InterAksyon.com that Taulava and the team had already reached a deal which will enable Taulava to continue his remarkable rise back to the top of his game.
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine took a big step in preparing for the possible departure of its top playmaker Paul Lee after signing Kevin Alas, this year’s second overall pick, to a lucrative three-year deal Friday.
The former Letran backcourt star is set to receive Php 8.5 million spread over three years where he will get the rookie maximum monthly pay of Php 150,000 in his first year, Php 225,000 and Php 337,500 on the second and third year, respectively.
Guiao drafted Alas as insurance after Lee rocked Rain or Shine when he refused to sign a three-year maximum extension contract and made his wish to be traded known through his agent and former college coach Lawrence Chongson.
MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra rookie Rodney Brondial immediately endeared himself to the team's legion of fans as he vowed to work his hardest for the most popular franchise in the PBA.
Ginebra took Brondial with the sixth pick in the recent PBA Rookie Draft. The former Adamson Falcon was visibly overwhelmed as fans loudly cheered him on when he climbed the stage.
"Hindi ako makapaniwala. Sobrang overwhelmed ako, kasi mga idol ko ito tapos dito ako napunta," Brondial told reporters.
MANILA – Rookie guard Chris Banchero, who shockingly fell to the Alaska Aces as the fifth pick in the recent PBA Draft, says he is excited to play with his new team's other guards even as he acknowledged that he will have to work hard to earn his minutes.
Banchero was very impressive during the PBA Draft Combine yet fell to the fifth pick, where Alaska wasted no time taking him.
"I'm excited," Banchero said after he was drafted. "I talked to (Alaska) Coach (Alex) Compton yesterday. They got a lot of pieces, so I think it's a real good team for me."
Top picks Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort, Kevin Alas of Rain or Shine and Ronald Pascual of San Miguel Beer and Matt Ganuelas Rosser all expressed their readiness to embark on their new journey as part of the big boys of the PBA.
“Definitely, they can expect me to play hard, giving my all every night and never give up,” Pringle told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
The 6’1″ guard, who played in Europe before bringing his act to the ASEAN Basketball League, is also flattered with the comparisons to him and Talk ‘N Text star Jayson Castro.