MANILA, Philippines – The old league mighty powers and rulers are still the ones favored to figure prominently in the race to the top in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that unfolds Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Talk n Text is determined to defend the crown, San Miguel Beer is raring to stretch its title run to three conferences while Alaska Milk, Rain or Shine, Barangay Ginebra and Star are teams likely to play their roles as perennial contenders.
Globalport will also be on the spotlight with Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and their teammates out to prove that their fourth-place in the Philippine Cup is for real.
Not to be ruled out is a possible breakthrough by anyone among NLEX, Meralco, Blackwater, Mahindra and newcomer Phoenix Petroleum especially if they find a gem of an import for this mid-season tourney featuring reinforcements with a maximum ceiling of 6-foot-9....
Reigning Best Import Wayne Chism and fierce rival Ivan Johnson banner the stellar cast of reinforcements set to make waves when the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup tips off on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Chism will be hoping that the third time’s a charm as he hopes to finally bring a championship to Rain or Shine in his third tour of duty for the Elasto Painters.
But standing in his way will be 11 other imports led by Ivan Johnson, Denzel Bowles and Rob Dozier, who are also making their anticipated PBA return....
But with the first conference of the 2016 PBA season out of the way, the two-time Grand Slam-winning coach can say that the Gins Kings have shown significant improvements.
“We’re trying to grow from where we ended, not from the start again,” said Cone. “Guys are in shape, and they look like a much confident team than they were three months ago when we first started. We’ll just see if we could translate that to better games in the upcoming conference.”...
The Kings’ center, who was diagnosed of the viral infection on Thursday, could also miss their second game depending on his progress, according to Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.
“He’s out five to seven days. He could possibly miss our first game or two, but nothing is sure for yet,” Cone told INQUIRER Friday. “We’re still waiting to see if he responds to the medicine.”...
MANILA, Philippines – Brian Williams, a champion import in the Asean Basketball League, is hooking up with the GlobalPort Batang Pier, completing the imports roster for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup unfolding Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Williams, who teamed up with Gabe Freeman to help the San Miguel Beermen in a title run in the ABL in 2012, flew in Thursday morning and was to attend a first practice with the Batang Pier yesterday afternoon.
Before suiting up for the Beermen, the Bronx, New York native played for the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the previous ABL season, coming through with averages of 20 points and 14.3 rebounds....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||8||5||0.615||5th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|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|