Fatigue, even aggravated injuries notwithstanding, the Elasto Painters are determined to make the most of the cards they’ve been dealt. Question is, will they have anything else left against the undermanned but well-rested Kings in their 8 p.m. (12 midnight Manila time) encounter?”
That is because the Elasto Painters, long after presstime, remain in the thick of the fight in its opening game Thursday against Jarrid Famous and Globalport also at 8 p.m. in this side of the globe.
“Ours is a unique situation,” said ROS coach Yeng Guiao, who is hoping to win both games. “Although we have accepted the arrangement and embraced it, playing two straight games under a different environment can be very taxing.”...
IT WILL be hard to determine this early how the presence of Asian imports would impact on the team they’re playing for as well as the league itself.
This is what newly appointed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa told the Inquirer, a couple of weeks before he was voted into office.
A quick glance at the current team standings of the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup should confirm Narvasa’s observation....
MANILA, Philippines – Incoming PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa is the first to admit that he has a lot to learn about his new job as he returns to basketball after years of working in the financial sector.
Narvasa, a former coach, was unanimously voted as the PBA's new commissioner by the PBA Board. He will formally assume the post on August 1.
"Alam mo, I really have to do a lot of studying," Narvasa said on ANC's "Hardball" on Monday when asked how he would deal with problems in officiating and imbalanced trades....
I have a deep, abiding respect for Chito Narvasa, dating back to when I first met him almost 35 years ago. As a gangling college freshman, I wanted to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball. But first, I wanted to play college ball. Chito and his brother Ogie (who would also later become a friend), were jointly coaching the Ateneo Blue Eagles, at a time when the team had not been winning in the early to mid-1980’s. The two had been Blue Eagles and members of the Philippine team in 1977 and 1978, at a time when the PBA had emerged in a rebellion from the MICAA and taken the best talent available I was athletic and explosive, but had never had any formal training. It was a great learning experience.
There were three things I learned from Chito in that short time as a player. First, his sense of purpose. He frequently asked us (including future PBA and national team coach Chot Reyes) why we were there. What was it we were after, and why did we feel strongly about wanting to be basketball players? After all, the answers to these questions would define what we did. Without any honest answers to these fundamental questions, everything else might end up mere exercises in futility.
I had my own questions about our practices then. I had never been pushed that hard before. In high school, I had tried out for the football team, but gave up being a goalkeeper to focus on basketball. Besides, playing in the hard, driving rain wasn’t fun for me then. But these practices were so hard, I found my hands shaking when I tried to drink water at home hours later. We basically did a lot of passing during the first three weeks, and one of the players joked we would be known as a low-scoring team because we weren’t shooting the ball. Of course, Chito and Ogie had broken the game down and taken us back to the basics, which we didn’t appreciate then. Needing to search for my biological father at the time, I quit the team a few weeks later. But the lessons stuck....
Blackwater and Ginebra were tied at 77-apiece with 1:04 remaining but the Elite went on a 6-0 run to finish the ballgame.
Eddie Laure hit a free throw to make it 78-77 and, after Dorian Pena missed two from the free throw line, Marcus Douthit earned a trip of his own and made both for a three-point Blackwater lead, 80-77....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||1||3||0.250|
|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|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|