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....
MANILA, Philippines - San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone wouldn’t be as successful if not for his competitive nature, spirituality, ability to communicate as a teacher, searching mind and genuine desire to build championship basketball teams by molding disciplined players with a positive attitude. That’s how his wife of 23 years Cristina explained what makes him tick. Since breaking into the PBA as Alaska head coach in 1989, Cone has won a record 18 titles and two Grand Slams. Cone, 56, is the longest running active coach with an uninterrupted career in the pro league today.
Last week, Cone piloted the Mixers to their fourth consecutive crown, dating back to the Governors Cup the previous season, and clinched a Grand Slam this campaign. No other PBA coach has captured two Grand Slams with Baby Dalupan, Tommy Manotoc and Norman Black claiming one each. Cone took his first Grand Slam with Alaska in 1996.
“Tim is naturally driven,” Cristina told The Star the other day. “With his positive attitude, he’s the type who sees a glass half-full not half-empty. He’s a great motivator who believes in taking no short-cuts to winning. He’s a big picture person. He wants to win the right way and doesn’t subscribe to winning at all costs. He loves teaching and looks forward to every practice. It’s very gratifying for him to see the growth of his players and he’s particularly excited to work with young players. He loves to build championship teams. He’s challenged by it. I never thought his coaching career would last this long but I’ve always known he has the mind of a good teacher.”...
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 - San Mig Coffee import Marqus Blakely said the other day he still dreams of someday playing in the NBA and stays in contact with Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan who is a close friend.
Blakely, 25, was once signed to a partially guaranteed two-year contract by the Clippers but never got to play in the regular season despite two call-ups. He was also signed by the Houston Rockets and suited up for one game but wasn’t sent in. The close calls were encouraging signs for Blakely to keep the NBA dream alive.
“My friends from the NBA include Blake (Griffin) and Jamal (Crawford),” said Blakely. “But DeAndre is my closest friend. He knows I’m in the Philippines. I’ve told him about the basketball atmosphere here and he’d like to visit someday but he’s busy with his NBA career.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|