The main source of their hope is the arrival of Gabe Freeman, the two-time Best Import winner who came in to replace former Los Angeles Lakers big man Josh Powell.
The Gin Kings had to scramble to bring in Freeman after Powell abruptly left the team to sign with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
According to Ginebra coach Ato Agustin, Freeman was their top choice to replace original import Leon Rodgers....
MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine, a finalist in the last two PBA conferences, and Barangay Ginebra, a side which its throng of diehards feel has underachieved in the same span, clash Sunday for the critical No. 6 spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Game time is 5:15 p.m. with the Gin Kings unveiling a returning import in the undersized Gabriel Freeman and the Elasto Painters trying to make do with Wayne Chism, whom coach Yeng Guiao describes as impressive in practice.
The Painters have drawn little offensive mileage from Chism, and if Rain or Shine plays to the run-and-gun style of the Kings which Freeman likes, then Guiao and his boys could be in for a lot of trouble Sunday night....
PBA Media Bureau head Willie Marcial said his office has been receiving calls and e-mails trying to confirm the veracity of a report that came out recently announcing that “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao will suit up for Columbia Autocar Corporation (Kia), one of the three new teams accepted by the league for the incoming season.
The PBA has no answer for the curious.
“We cannot make a confirmation or issue a denial at this point since none of the two parties involved has informed us of this matter,” said Marcial....
MANILA, Philippines -- The Barangay Ginebra Kings liked what they saw from Gabe Freeman in practice upon his arrival in the country Wednesday morning.
The Ginebra coaching staff and players are convinced Freeman is in top shape, contrary to reports that the former two-time PBA Best Import awardee might not be in playing condition because of long idleness.
“He kept on dunking, he kept on running and he energized the locals right away,” said Ginebra top official Robert Non....
Exactly a month after Barangay Ginebra San Miguel brushed aside reports that two-time Best Import Gabe Freeman was going to replace Leon Rodgers in the PBA Philippine Cup, word spread a few days ago that the 29-year-old livewire from Phoenix is actually back.
“Well, he is,” said Barangay Ginebra governor Robert Non. “In fact, he went straight from the airport upon his arrival this morning (Wednesday) to team practice at Green Meadows.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||5||0.375|
|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|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||12||10||0.545||Runner-up|