Taulava excited to play alongside Abueva in Gilas pool (August 05, 2015)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Aldrech Ramos tries to put up a shot against Asi Taulava. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Competing in the international stage is nothing new to Asi Taulava, who has been part of several Philippine teams throughout his career.

Getting called up for another stint with the national team, the 42-year-old Taulava doesn’t need to make a lot of adjustments as far as the international game goes.

What Taulava needs to get used to, though, is playing alongside Alaska forward Calvin Abueva—something that the ageless big man is looking forward to.

Read more

Jazz PG Dante Exum injures knee playing for Australia (August 05, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

International Basketball

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum has injured his left knee while playing for the Australian National team. The team was playing the Slovenia National team in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Tuesday.

Exum was driving into the paint and came to a jump stop in the middle of the lane when his left knee buckled. He was untouched, but went down as he lifted for the shot.

The Jazz released a statement saying Exum was treated on site and will return to Salt Lake for further evaluation by the team's medical staff.

Read more

Terrence Romeo. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

This past season, Terrence Romeo did everything he could just to push himself to another level.

It’s paid off for him as he has won a number of accolades, from the PBA’s Most Improved Player award, the All-Star Game MVP and recently, MVP honors in the FIBA 3×3 Manila Masters as well. He also won the three-point shootout in both the PBA’s All-Star Weekend and in the 3×3 tournament.

The talented GlobalPort guard is pleasantly surprised by how far he’s come but is determined to continue on his current trajectory.

Read more

Spurs say ankle will keep Boban Marjanovic from playing for Serbia (August 05, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

International Basketball

SAN ANTONIO -- Boban Marjanovic of the Spurs will not play for Serbia in the EuroBasket tournament this summer because of a left ankle injury.

The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic signed with the Spurs last month. The Spurs say tests, including an MRI, show he has "significant bony edema" that "compromises Marjanovic's ability to play basketball without compromising long-term health and future injury."

Marjanovic is a three-time MVP of the Serbian Super League. He averaged nearly 17 points and 11 rebounds per game in his most recent season playing for Crvena Zvezda.

Read more

Gilas Pilipinas pool member JC Intal. Inquirer.net photo

For veteran forward JC Intal and rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, being part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool is no less than a dream come true.

Intal, who is on his eight season in the PBA, thought having the opportunity to represent the country had passed him by. He never thought the chance of a lifetime will come at this stage of his career.

“At first, I couldn’t believe it,” Intal said. “I’m going into my ninth year in the PBA next season then I got a call from Gilas and it gave me goosebumps and I couldn’t explain the feeling. I’m just so happy and honored and privileged to be part of this.”

Read more

Kevin Seraphin, left, will join Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks on a one-year deal, according to sources. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

The New York Knicks have agreed to terms with free-agent center Kevin Seraphin, sources told ESPN.com.

Seraphin will get the Knicks' room exception of one year and $2.8 million.

The room exception carries a value of $2.8 million and is the smallest of three mid-level exceptions (standard and taxpayer being the others) that teams with cap room may use to sign players.

Read more

Romeo won't judge players not suiting up for Gilas (August 05, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Terrence Romeo. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo is not one to judge players for not suiting up for the Philippine national basketball team, noting that every player has the right to make his own decisions.

Romeo was part of the 16-man pool released by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). He practiced with Gilas Pilipinas for the first time on Monday night.

Prior to this, Romeo also competed in the FIBA 3x3 Manila Masters, where he was named tournament MVP after leading Manila West to a semi-final appearance.

Read more

Uni Watch: Raptors debut northern-themed look (August 05, 2015)
Paul Lukas [ Source: ESPN ]

Toronto Raptors new uniform. Courtesy of Toronto Raptors

You probably already knew that Toronto and Canada are pretty far north. But the Toronto Raptors aren't taking any chances.

The Raptors' new uniform set, revealed late last night, doubles down on the team's "We the North" slogan, which debuted a little over a year ago. The slogan has always sounded a bit awkward ("Me Tarzan, you Jane, we the North"), and it conveniently glosses over the fact that Toronto isn't even the NBA's northernmost city (that honor goes to Portland, with Minneapolis a close second and Toronto in third). But whatever -- the Raptors and their new uniforms are going all in on the northern theme.

For example:

Read more

Blatche predicts Phl 5 will advance to Rio (August 05, 2015)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Andray Blatche Sports5 photo

MANILA, Philippines - Andray Blatche is convinced Gilas Pilipinas has a realistic chance of making the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as they loom as title contender in the coming FIBA Asia Championship.

Blatche based his prognosis on his experience playing with  the Chinese and the other Asian stars in the Chinese Basketball Association where he’s a big star with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

“I know a lot of players there. As long as we put the work in, (we’ll be okay against them),” Blatche said.

Read more

After SEA Games, Rivero raring to play for La Salle (August 05, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Prince Rivero of DLSU. photo from princerivero's instagram account

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University's incoming sophomore big man Prince Rivero relished his experience with the Gilas Cadets in the Southeast Asian Games and vowed to put the lessons he learned from the tournament to good use in the upcoming UAAP season.

Rivero was a late entry to the Gilas Cadets team, but showed that he belonged with the squad with a solid campaign highlighted by a 24-point explosion in a 126-21 win against Timor Leste. He averaged 7.3 points in 11 minutes of action in four games.

"'Yung experiences na naturo sa akin ng mga teammates ko doon, 'yun ang mga dadalhin ko na for the rest of my life," Rivero said earnestly. "And pwede ko rin ma-help sa mga teammates ko sa Philippines."

Read more