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.”...
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 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....
MANILA, Philippines - PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said there will be no trades on the floor during draft proceedings at the Midtown Atrium of the Robinsons Place Manila this afternoon but qualified it will only be a temporary deferment.
“I’m new on the job and I don’t want to make mistakes in deciding whether or not to push through with a trade on the floor,” said Narvasa whose engagement began last Aug. 1. “I’ve talked this over with the coaches and we all agreed to dispense with trades on the floor only for this year. It would be counterproductive if we approve a trade on the floor only to void it later in case there are issues that warrant a rescindment. I’ve asked for more time to be familiar with the players.”
Narvasa said since joining the PBA, only two trades have fallen on his lap. One involved Rain Or Shine trading Jervy Cruz to Globalport for Jewel Ponferada and the Batang Pier’s second round pick in today’s draft. The other involved Jimmy Alapag coming out of retirement to join Meralco in a three-way trade that took Mike Cortez and James Sena from the Bolts to Blackwater and Larry Rodriguez from the Elite to Talk ‘N’ Text. Narvasa, however, noted the Alapag deal was already in the works before his PBA appointment....
MANILA, Philippines -- Heading into Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft, potential first round draft picks Norbert Torres, Art Dela Cruz and Fil-American guard Maverick Ahanmishi were one in saying that physicality is one aspect they have prepared for as they try to fulfill their dream of playing in the pro league.
Torres, the former La Salle big man, came back from a month-long pre-draft training in Toronto, Canada a little more bulked up, aware that he will be regularly battling PBA’s big boys like two-time June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra in the future.
“One of the reasons I went to Toronto is to train and to gain more explosiveness and strength. I believe that will help me to adjust quicker in the PBA,” said Torres, who won a UAAP men’s basketball championship with La Salle two seasons back....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||6||6||0.500||6th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||7th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|