TAIPEI—In the absence of a concrete long-term program by the PBA, Ricky Vargas, the vice chair of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, would prefer to make Talk ‘N Text the future Gilas squad rather than “kneel down and ask for assistance” from the pro league later on.
“I thank those who have helped and those who are helping,” Vargas said on Wednesday morning prior to leaving for Los Angeles to do another SBP mission by talking to Jordan Clarkson’s father, Mike, and the LA Lakers.
“Pero mahirap humingi ng abuloy. (It’s hard to ask for support.) To ask for, mahirap (it’s hard),” said the outspoken Vargas, one of basketball godfather Manny V. Pangilinan’s most trusted lieutenants. “If Talk ‘N Text is good enough to be the national team, it’s so much easier than to kneel down and ask for assistance.
“That (Talk ‘N Text as the national team) is a serious consideration. I don’t mind saying that we want the best players to come to Talk ‘N Text so we can use them for the national team.”...
Melton and the rest of the Hotshots are moving away from the triangle offense that has been the backbone of the team in the past four seasons, as new head coach Jason Webb wants to put his own stamp on the franchise.
"A lot of running," Melton told ABS-CBNNews.com on Sunday when asked about their preparations so far in the off-season....
Two games in Dubai featuring the Mahindra squad of eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra will be played on Nov. 6 and 7 as part of the PBA Philippine Cup’s elimination-round schedule.
The two squads will be joined by Alaska on the league’s return to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
Two Governors’ Cup games were also held in the emirate two months ago....
The 41-year-old Webb never expected Torres to land at their lap, considering that the 6-foot-6 Torres was rated among the top three picks before draft day.
But with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao opting to choose Fil-Nigerian guard Maverick Ahanmisi in a stunning move Sunday, the draft selection for the rest of the first round was altered....
The Fil-Tongan was able to win the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP award, but still, he and his Cebuana Lhuillier team failed to bag the title.
''I left some business off the table. I wanted some championships, but we came up short,'' the PBA website quoted him as saying....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|