Filipino-American guards Stanley Pringle and Chris Banchero lead the lineup of foreign-born aspirants for this year's PBA draft.
The two men, who both began their Asian professional basketball careers in the ASEAN Basketball League, figure to be among the top picks in the annual event.
The 27-year-old Pringle was a star for two seasons for the Indonesia Warriors, which was coached by current San Miguel Beer team consultant Todd Purves. Pringle won finals Most Valuable Player honors in 2012 after leading the Warriors to an upset of the ABL edition of the Beermen featuring Banchero.
After two seasons with San Miguel in the ABL, Banchero spent this past season in the PBA D-League, where he was the first overall pick last year by the Boracay Rum Waves....
Once, Yeng Guiao’s Rain or Shine Elasto Painters were known as a tough, enforcer-laden team that made its presence felt through hard fouls and bruising play, earning a bit of a reputation as the league’s ‘Bad Boys’.
But in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup finals, Rain or Shine began showing a different side – laughing and joking with opponents, helping players up from off the floor – that could start to endear them to a larger part of the PBA’s fanbase.
Guiao, who is famed for his tough-as-nails, physical teams, doesn’t mind the shift in his players’ attitudes, especially if they keep winning the way they have in the recent past....
Only one year ago, first round picks Ryan Buenafe of Alaska and Rain or Shine’s Alex Nuyles were looking ahead to bright futures with the teams that selected them in the 2013 PBA Draft.
Buenafe and Nuyles were selected eighth and ninth overall in last year’s draft, going ahead of rookies like San Mig Coffee’s Justin Melton and Nuyles’ teammate Jeric Teng.
But now, the two are among the list of the players left unprotected for the upcoming dispersal draft for expansion teams Blackwater Sports and Kia Motors, according to sources from within their respective teams....
Expansion team Kia Kamao coach Manny Pacquiao disclosed on Friday that he will be among the picks in the PBA Draft in August.
Pacquiao made the PBA Draft revelation in General Santos City shortly after two communist guerilla fighters surrendered to him in his capacity as the lone Representative in Congress of the province of Sarangani.
At 34 years old, Pacquiao would be the oldest draft pick this year and ever....
MANILA, Philippines - Game 5 of the PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine last Wednesday garnered high viewership ratings and placed it at the Top 5 of the most watched primetime program, based on overnight data from Nielsen Media Research.
The Mixers edged the Elasto Painters, 92-89, to become the fifth team to score a grand slam.
The game averaged almost four million viewers or 9.5 percent AMR and 34.0 percent audience share in the National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) from 8-11:30 p.m., equaling the high ratings reached during the Philippine Cup Finals last February....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||3rd|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||4th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||5th|