Iconic Purefoods returns, begins quest for five-peat vs Alaska; Meralco, Barako Bull parade new coaches
The Hotshots and the Aces do battle at 7 p.m. while the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy collide at 4:15 p.m. Both games are broadcast live on TV5.
Coming off a Grand Slam feat as the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the franchise returned to its old name right before the season, and there is little doubt about them bringing the same winning tradition of the iconic Purefoods team which has won many titles and produced legends of the game.
The Hotshots are all eyes on defending their Philippine Cup crown, with the same core of their four-peat run for the past two seasons still intact led by the reliable “Big Three” James Yap, Peter June Simon and Marc Pingris steered by the league’s winningest coach Tim Cone....
And when the Philippines’ favorite pastime and the Philippines’ favorite boxer converge in one place, thousands of souls will naturally go to it.
And that place is the Philippine Arena and that event is the opener for the 40th season of the PBA wherein 52,612 people crammed the largest indoor arena in the world....
BOCAUE, Bulacan, Philippines — For 40 seasons, the Philippine Basketball Association had one thing that lifted them to new heights: the throng of fans that have supported the league through its ups and downs.
“To our fans, to the public, let me welcome you,” PBA Commissioner Chito Salud said during the opening ceremonies of the league at the Philippine Arena. “This season is for you, this season is because of you.”
With thousands of fans in attendance, the 12 teams ushered in the 40th season inside the world’s largest indoor arena as Salud took the opportunity to thank the forefathers of the PBA that made a dream formulated during martial law into the elite basketball league of the Philippines....
BOCAUE, Bulacan — Manny Pacquiao will step into a huge venue packed with fans once again. But this time around, Michael Buffer won’t be the one doing the introductions, he won’t be wearing boxing gloves and Freddie Roach will not be in his corner.
Today, Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter ever, will have his ankles, and not his hands, taped. And probably for the first time in his life as a professional athlete, he won’t even be the main attraction.
Pacquiao will enter unchartered territory as he coaches and plays for KIA Motors when it makes its PBA debut as the league ushers in its 40th Season with the Philippine Cup eliminations with two games to follow after lavis opening rites at the 50,000-seat Philippine Arena here....
NLEX Road Warriors
The Air21 Express franchise, after getting bought by the D-League powerhouse NLEX, may have switched monikers and uniforms, but the core remained relatively intact. The Road Warriors are seeking to capitalize on the momentum of last season’s campaign, which saw the Express evolve from whipping boys to decent contenders. With a coaching change, an ageless Asi Taulava leading a crew whose chemistry has been tried and tested, better figures on the win column won’t be much of an issue.
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||0||0||0.000|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||12||10||0.545||4th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||3||11||0.214||9th|