The team got a first look at Cone at the helm of Ginebra in the Hoop For A Cause benefit game on Friday night but the players and coaches all admitted that it felt strange seeing the American mentor on the other end of the court.
“Yeah, it’s weird, seeing coach Tim on the other side, seeing coach Richard (del Rosario) on the other side. But it’s also nice being beside coach Alex (Compton for the benefit game),” said Purefoods’ new head coach Jason Webb, who was taken in by Cone late in San Mig Coffee’s Grand Slam campaign in 2014 to become one of his assistant coaches, but has now found himself in charge beginning this season.
James Yap, the star of the Hotshots’ squad, also felt strange playing against his former coach, Cone, who led the team to five championships since taking over in 2012....
The Cuneta Astrodome was a perfect stage for a reunion for some of the PBA’s brightest past stars who stole the spotlight in the Grand Slam versus Barangay Ginebra showdown at the Hoop For A Cause benefit game on Friday night.
Four-time Most Valuable Player Alvin Patrimonio was there to play at the venue where he won three of the four MVP plums he collected. There was Johnny Abarrientos, too, who dazzled the crowd with his nifty plays leading the way and joined by his old teammates Jojo Lastimosa, Bong Hawkins and Poch Juinio, all members of that ‘three-peat’ club.
On the other side, was Allan Caidic, representing the 90s Ginebra team and ‘The Triggerman’ was right there hitting his mark, nailing six triples in the game. Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin, EJ Feihl and Vince Hizon, who drew one of the biggest applause from the crowd despite arriving late in the game, was also an instant hit....
MANILA, Philippines – PBA president Chito Salud is batting for the national cage federation and the pro league to put up a working committee that will study the most viable long-term and sustainable national team program.
“I think the concern is for the SBP and the PBA to sit down, get heads together, take the bull by the horn and move forward,” said Salud with the question of Gilas Pilipinas’ participation in the Olympic world qualifier next year up in the air.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas said it would take the entire Philippine basketball community – its major stakeholders – to form a competitive team for that Olympic wildcard play....
MANILA, Philippines -- As past and present players from Alaska and Barangay Ginebra converge and play in the Hoops for a Cause this Friday, Aces assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso commented that reviving the long-inactive players union should be a priority to ensure that the future of PBA players are secured.
Cariaso shared his thoughts in light of the ongoing contract issue between several Mahindra (formerly KIA) players and management, as well as the different circumstances surrounding former PBA players led by Samboy Lim, Rhoel Gomez as well as Roger Yap.
“Being a former player, malaking bagay yung just knowing that the players union can help a player. It not only protects the players now, but it also protects their future,” Cariaso shared to Philstar.com....
Unlike the past four seasons with Tim Cone where their training centered a lot on the triangle offense, this time, the 6-foot-2 Yap said they have zeroed in on pushing the basketball at every given opportunity.
"Naga-adjust pa rin kami lahat kay coach J-Webb kaya lahat kami focused talaga sa practice," Yap said, shortly after Star squeaked past NLEX, 75-73 in their tuneup match on Tuesday at Ronac gym behind Rafi Reavis' game-winning tip-in at the buzzer....
|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|