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The San Mig Coffee Mixers, who had made known their intentions of trading their first round pick in the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft, have attracted a number of suitors ahead of the big day.

San Mig Coffee, fresh off winning a historic Grand Slam last season, owns the seventh overall pick of the draft but isn’t in need of a new player after successfully keeping its roster intact during the offseason.

“The MVP Group and even GlobalPort have asked me about our No. 7 pick,” Rene Pardo, San Mig Coffee’s representative to the PBA Board of Governors, told in an interview.

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Derrick Rose practiced with the U.S. team Thursday and expects to play Friday after a few days of rest. David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose practiced for Team USA in a non-contact workout on Thursday afternoon and intends to play in Friday night's exhibition game against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden.

Rose, who is working his way back from surgeries on both knees, had not practiced since playing 24 minutes and scoring seven points in Team USA's 95-78 exhibition victory over Brazil on Saturday night in Chicago. It was Rose's first game action since Nov. 22, 2013. He has appeared in just 10 games over the past two seasons due to injury.

"I'm feeling good," Rose said. "I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes, and I'm just trying to stay positive until then."

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Blackwater Sports team owner Dioceldo Sy is confident that his team will make a strong first impression when it makes its debut as an expansion team in Asia’s first professional basketball league.

That’s because the Elite have begun practicing weeks ahead of the other PBA teams and that should give the team a little bit of an edge in the coming season.

“That makes us more prepared by the time the PBA has opened its season,” Sy told InterAksyon in an exclusive interview.

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PBA draft pool down to 87 hopefuls (August 22, 2014)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]


MANILA, Philippines - Eighty-seven aspirants from the original list of 95 applicants are left in the final draft pool to be presented to 12 PBA teams during the 2014 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft set Sunday at the Robinson’s Place Manila.

Eight hopefuls were cut as they either withdrew or didn’t show up in the Gatorade Rookie Draft Combine Monday and Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong, leaving a draft pool deep in backcourt talents but lacking in frontline operators.

Globalport has long made known it is making former Penn State guard Stanley Pringle as the top pick, only the third backcourt player in 10 years to be made the No. 1 draft selection after Gabe Norwood in 2008 and JV Casio in 2011.

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Drew Gooden reportedly won't get to represent Finland this summer. (USATSI)

Washington Wizards big man Drew Gooden, whose mother is Finnish, planned to play for Finland in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. His application for dual citizenship, however, won't be cleared in time to do so, according to the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo.

Finland's submitted 12-man roster did not include Gooden, according to a Finnish report. He begun the paperwork process during Washington's first-round series this past spring, per the Washington Post, and he recently said he wanted to make this happen eventually regardless of what happened this summer:

    “If something happens and there's a bump in the road where this is not possible this year, I'm still going to be going there and supporting the team, supporting the players in Spain and start to build a relationship for the future for years to come,” Gooden said. “Either way you want to see it, I'm still going to get my dual citizenship and I am going to become a Finnish citizen, whether I'm playing on the team or not, eventually.”

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MANILA, Philippines – Some of the rookie hopefuls for the upcoming PBA Draft expressed their support for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who is joining the draft even if he is already serving as the coach of Team KIA.

Former Letran star Kevin Alas and former San Beda players Rome dela Rosa and Kyle Pascual on Wednesday said Pacquiao -- just like them -- was only chasing his dream of playing in the league.

"He's just chasing his dream, parang ako, I'm just chasing my dream," said Alas during an interview on ANC's "Hardball" Wednesday night. "So you can't blame him, kasi pangarap niya is to play in the PBA."

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MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar and aspiring PBA player Manny Pacquiao admitted that there is a possibility that he might bet picked by a team other than his KIA Motors Kamao at the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.

KIA will be picking 11th overall in the draft process. This means that the other teams will get the chance to secure the Filipino champ before the Kamaos take their turn.

“Yes, hindi imposible,” Pacquiao told’s Neil Bravo in an interview.

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SBP awaits OCA nod on Blatche eligibility (August 22, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

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Is Andray Blatche eligible to play for the Philippines in the Asian Games?

The answer is left hanging at the moment as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has yet to receive a written and concrete approval from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) giving Blatche the green light to play as a Filipino in the quadrennial event.

Set in Incheon, South Korea on Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, the Asian Games has its own set of rules regarding the fielding of naturalized players and Blatche, according to a source who requested anonymity, might not be able to satisfy the OCA’s requirements.

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Cone, Ang lead PBA Press Corps awardees (August 22, 2014)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Time Cone and Ramon Ang. RYAN LEAGOGO/

MANILA, Philippines—It was the night for the men who stood above the rest, and the team that made the grandest of slams.

Honoring the players, the coach and the man who made the 39th season of the Philippine Basketball Association a season for the annals, the PBA Press Corps gave out their hardware Thursday evening at the Richmond Hotel in Eastwood.

As the coach of the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, the fourth team to win the Grand Slam, Tim Cone was the consensus Baby Dalupan Coach of the Year.

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Paul Lee cleared to play vs Angola (August 22, 2014)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Paul Lee.

MANILA, Philippines – After missing two straight games, Paul Lee got the green light to play Thursday night (Friday morning Manila time) as Gilas Pilipinas tries to snap a four-game losing skid against Angola in Spain.

Lee sat out in Gilas' losses to Ukraine and Euskadi after getting hurt in his lower back down to his hamstring (glutes) while playing against Australia.

He participated in Wednesday’s practice and is good to go, according to team manager Aboy Castro.

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