MANILA, Philippines - The tape measure awaits eight imports still to be sized up before being declared eligible to play in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup starting tomorrow. So far, only five imports have been measured and one was disqualified for failing to make the limit. The other imports or those who are now in town will be measured in the PBA office today. In the queue are Meralco’s Josh Davis, Barangay Ginebra’s Michael Dunigan, Alaska’s D. J. Covington, Globalport’s Calvin (C. J.) Leslie, NLEX’ Al Thornton and Blackwater’s Chris Charles.
Cleared to play are Rain Or Shine’s 6-8 1/16 Rick Jackson, Kia’s 7-2 3/ 4 Peter John Ramos, Barako Bull’s 7-0 1/2 Solomon Alabi and Talk ‘N’ Text’s 6-6 15/16 Richard Howell. Globalport’s would-be import Rod Benson was measured at 6-9 1/8 when the limit for all the teams, except the last four placers in the Philippine Cup, is 6-9. There is no limit for the imports of the last four placers which are No. 9 Barako Bull, No. 10 NLEX, No. 11 Kia and No. 12 Blackwater.
Purefoods will be reinforced by Daniel Orton but the former University of Kentucky forward is still playing in the Chinese league. Coach Tim Cone has recalled Marqus Blakely to suit up on an interim basis as the Hotshots are set to make their second conference debut on Jan. 30. Orton may not be available until the first week of February. If Blakely is Cone’s pick to play for the meantime, he will also report for measurement today.
San Miguel Beer is in a bind as original pick Arinze Onuaku has received at least six offers to try out for the NBA. Team manager Gee Abanilla said an offer sheet has been sent to Campbell University’s Eric Griffin but can’t confirm the acquisition until the contract is signed. “Griffin’s agent is agreeable so we’re just waiting for the signed contract,” said Abanilla. “We didn’t want to force Onuaku to come over. His mind is on the NBA right now. He was impressive at the recent NBA D-League Showcase and that’s why the NBA offers came.”...
In a gesture of thanks to the thousands of fans who attended the championship game of the Philippine Cup, the PBA will give out free general admission tickets on opening day of the Commissioner's Cup on Tuesday, January 27.
A total of 22,511 fans watched Game Seven between the San Miguel Beer and Alaska on Wednesday, the largest crowd since the season opener in the Philippine Arena.
The Beermen prevailed in the thrilling battle that saw the Aces climb back from a 23-point hole in the first half, before finals Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos quelled the fierce Alaska rally with a dagger three-pointer late in the game....
The five-game-a-week PBA Commissioner’s Cup gets going Tuesday as expansion squad Kia Sorento meets Globalport in the opener and Ginebra faces Meralco in the nightcap at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Games will be played Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as the league hopes to wrap up the conference early to allow an early finish so the Philippine team can get ready for the FIBA-Asia championships that will be held in China.
The China event will be a qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics....
GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo and Barangay Ginebra's Emman Monfort incurred hefty fines following their fist fight during their teams' tuneup match last week.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud decided to fine Romeo and Monfort P30,000 each for the fracas that erupted at the Greenmeadows Gym.
The two guards came to blows after figuring in several bruising plays during the game....
MANILA, Philippines -- After much speculation, not to mention the long wait, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s legions of fans can now rest easy as the team already signed its reinforcement for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup over the weekend.
Player agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed Sunday night that Michael Dunigan is set to make his return to the Philippine Basketball Association after signing on the dotted line to be the Gin Kings’ import next conference.
Wrapping up his stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA Developmental League, it can be recalled that Dunigan, whom the PBA measured to stand at 6′-8 13/16, once suited up for the defunct Air 21 during the 2012-13 season....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||0||0||0.000|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||6||0.571||3rd|