Two games in Dubai featuring the Mahindra squad of eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra will be played on Nov. 6 and 7 as part of the PBA Philippine Cup’s elimination-round schedule.
The two squads will be joined by Alaska on the league’s return to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
Two Governors’ Cup games were also held in the emirate two months ago.
Though the contract between the league and the Dubai promoters has yet to be signed, a PBA source said the games are “more or less a go.”...
MANILA, Philippines - Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas confirmed the other day that San Miguel Beer center JuneMar Fajardo is suffering from bilateral plantar fasciitis in both feet and it’s the reason why the PBA’s reigning MVP isn’t able to play with Gilas at the FIBA Asia Championships in Changsha next month.
“JuneMar’s not 100 percent,” said Dr. Canlas. “According to his agent (lawyer Baldomero Estenzo), he’s undergoing therapy in Cebu. You remember, last March, JuneMar didn’t play in the PBA All-Star Game in Puerto Princesa because of a sprained left ankle, aggravating his plantar fasciitis. So there’s a history. He needs rest. No surgery is required unless there is a tear. What we’re concerned about is an aggravation of the injury because it could lead to a tear.”
San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria said Fajardo wanted to play with Gilas but his condition prevented it. “JuneMar told me he really wants to play with Gilas,” said Austria. “But with both feet hurting, he knows he won’t be able to play his best. He thought it would be better if he takes a rest, gets better and allows somebody else to take his place in the team. It would be unfair if he takes a spot in the lineup and he wouldn’t be able to play the way he can.”...
The Fil-Tongan was able to win the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP award, but still, he and his Cebuana Lhuillier team failed to bag the title.
''I left some business off the table. I wanted some championships, but we came up short,'' the PBA website quoted him as saying....
MANILA, Philippines - PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said there will be no trades on the floor during draft proceedings at the Midtown Atrium of the Robinsons Place Manila this afternoon but qualified it will only be a temporary deferment.
“I’m new on the job and I don’t want to make mistakes in deciding whether or not to push through with a trade on the floor,” said Narvasa whose engagement began last Aug. 1. “I’ve talked this over with the coaches and we all agreed to dispense with trades on the floor only for this year. It would be counterproductive if we approve a trade on the floor only to void it later in case there are issues that warrant a rescindment. I’ve asked for more time to be familiar with the players.”
Narvasa said since joining the PBA, only two trades have fallen on his lap. One involved Rain Or Shine trading Jervy Cruz to Globalport for Jewel Ponferada and the Batang Pier’s second round pick in today’s draft. The other involved Jimmy Alapag coming out of retirement to join Meralco in a three-way trade that took Mike Cortez and James Sena from the Bolts to Blackwater and Larry Rodriguez from the Elite to Talk ‘N’ Text. Narvasa, however, noted the Alapag deal was already in the works before his PBA appointment....
MANILA, Philippines -- Heading into Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft, potential first round draft picks Norbert Torres, Art Dela Cruz and Fil-American guard Maverick Ahanmishi were one in saying that physicality is one aspect they have prepared for as they try to fulfill their dream of playing in the pro league.
Torres, the former La Salle big man, came back from a month-long pre-draft training in Toronto, Canada a little more bulked up, aware that he will be regularly battling PBA’s big boys like two-time June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra in the future.
“One of the reasons I went to Toronto is to train and to gain more explosiveness and strength. I believe that will help me to adjust quicker in the PBA,” said Torres, who won a UAAP men’s basketball championship with La Salle two seasons back....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||16||5||0.762||Champions|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||5||0.773||Champion|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|