MANILA, Philippines – PBA commissioner Chito Salud is grateful for the fans’ renewed interest in the league as showed by the overwhelming response to the recently concluded Commissioner’s Cup.
“The PBA is on the upswing because the fans are taking a second look at what the league offers, which is top-notch sports competition and entertainment. And for this renewed fan interest, the league is grateful and inspired,” the PBA chieftain said in the league’s website.
The mid-season conference tallied chart-topping records in gate receipts, especially during the semis and the finals.
Game 5 of the semis between Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text brought in 23,108 spectators. This was overtaken by Game 3 of the finals between Ginebra and Alaska, which tallied a record of 23,436 fans....
Tim Cone and the Alaska organization have long moved on after parting ways two years ago.
But the longtime Aces coach admitted that he still held a soft spot for his former team, especially his old players, as he watched Alaska win the Commissioner’s Cup, the franchise’s first title without him.
Cone sent members of Alaska congratulatory text messages shortly after the Aces swept Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the finals last Sunday....
Marqus Blakely, who led the team known as the B-MEG Llamados to the finals of the tournament last season, will be back for a second tour of duty when the conference begins in August.
San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said Blakely is scheduled to arrive in early July....
MANILA, Philippines - No less than the architect of Alaska's first 13 championships in the PBA led the personalities around the league in congratulating the Aces for sweeping the Cebuana Lhuillier PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at the expense of crowd favorite Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel Kings last night.
Tim Cone, who left the Aces in an emotional and bittersweet break-up last year to join the San Mig Coffee Mixers, took to Twitter his congratulatory message to his former team. Other league personalities including former Talk n Text head coach and now Gilas Pilipinas mentor Chot Reyes joined him in admiration on how the Wilfred Uytengsu-franchise quickly built a championship team in such a short span of time since the departure of Cone.
The Aces proved that they are the best team all throughout the conference by winning 18 of their 22 games this conference, including six straight in the playoffs or since dropping the series opener in the semifinals. They went to the Finals at the expense of Cone and his Mixers via 3-1 series win in the semifinals. This came after the franchise lost their first 10 meetings with Cone since he left Alaska....
Chief executive officer Jean Henri Lhuillier told InterAKTV that the company is mulling a long-term partnership with the league. He said that Cebuana is already thinking about becoming the title sponsor anew for the season-ending Governors’ Cup.
Despite Cebuana’s interest in the league., Lhuillier putting together a team to join the PBA....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|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|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||4||5||0.444||7th|
|2010-2011 Philippine Cup||11||11||0.500||4th|
|2009-2010 Fiesta Conference||18||12||0.600||4th|
|2009-2010 Philippine Cup||23||10||0.697||Champions|