MANILA, Philippines – South Korean basketball legend Shin Dong Pa and Philippines’ “The Living Legend” Sonny Jaworski are expected to cross path anew but not as on-court rivals when the Changwong LG Sakers play Brgy. Ginebra Kings in an exhibition match on Sept. 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Shin and Jaworski have shared memorable battles in the Asian Games back in their primes but forged mutual respect and friendship off the court.
With LG Electronics, the chief backer of the exhibition match, confirming the Korean legend’s visit to the country to grace the Sakers-Kings friendly match, there is much anticipation that Jaworski will also show up to throw support to his former team Brgy. Ginebra.
The Sakers have won their first Korean Basketball League regular season title last summer led by South Korean national team’s naturalized player Moon Tae-Jong. Both the Sakers and the Kings enjoyed the tag as the crowd favorite in their respective leagues and both have shared the distinction of having Chris Alexander as an import....
MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra rookie Rodney Brondial immediately endeared himself to the team's legion of fans as he vowed to work his hardest for the most popular franchise in the PBA.
Ginebra took Brondial with the sixth pick in the recent PBA Rookie Draft. The former Adamson Falcon was visibly overwhelmed as fans loudly cheered him on when he climbed the stage.
"Hindi ako makapaniwala. Sobrang overwhelmed ako, kasi mga idol ko ito tapos dito ako napunta," Brondial told reporters....
According to chair Pato, the PBA is seriously considering staging next season’s opening at the brand-new P9 billion Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“We will know for sure by the third week of September if we can hold the opening there after the court and the board of the Philippine Arena are installed and they pass the required specifications of the league. Commissioner Chito (Salud) and I have checked out the place and everything else seems OK.
The chair and the commissioner had been assured by the owners (INC) that they would be able to fill the Arena, which can seat a crowd of 55,000....
MANILA, Philippines – Former Adamson coach and now San Miguel Beer mentor Leo Austria is hopeful that his former players Rodney Brondial and Jericho Cruz will find success now that they have been drafted into the PBA.
Brondial was one of the surprise picks at last Sunday's PBA Draft, as he was picked by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel at No. 6. Cruz, meanwhile, went three picks later to Rain or Shine at No. 9.
"Nandoon 'yung fulfillment," Austria said when asked how he felt that Brondial and Cruz were now professionals....
Former Adamson Falcons big man Rodney Brondial was still shaking moments after being selected sixth overall by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the PBA draft on Sunday
"Nanginginig pa nga ako eh. Sobrang kabado talaga ako eh. Hindi ko ine-expect, hindi ko ine-expect," he said.
Brondial had admitted that he had been a lifelong fan of the league's crowd darlings, making his entry into the Ginebra fold a dream come true....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|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|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||9||7||0.562||6th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||8||5||0.615||4th|