MANILA — The Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) board of governors has agreed to release 15 Gilas players 15 days ahead of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) men’s championship.
According to a report on Spin.ph, the decision was made Wednesday following a special board meeting held at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.
The Seaba tournament, slated on May 12-18 at Araneta Coliseum, serves as a qualifier to the FIBA Asia Cup....
This was his assessment last Tuesday as Fajardo is on track of winning a fourth MVP trophy, which would tie him with Fernandez and another PBA great in Alvin Patrimonio.
“First year ni June Mar, I already said that in the next 10 years, barring any physical and mental injury, he is going to dominate the PBA,” Fernandez said during the PSA Forum last Tuesday at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City....
For some reason, San Miguel Beer has struggled to perform well in the tournament right after winning the PBA Philippine Cup.
“Everybody in the team knows that’s the problem we want to solve,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria, who admits being stumped to why the team cannot build a Grand Slam run because of a less-than-stellar performance in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“Maybe [it’s] because it takes long for the winning feeling to sink in,” Austria told SportsIQ, the Inquirer’s omni platform live sports talk show, recently....
Having the best all-Filipino crew of the past three PBA seasons, spearheaded by the most dominant local big man this league has seen in the modern time, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria is not surprised of the Grand Slam talk this early.
“We’re not actually thinking about that,” Austria told the Inquirer over the phone after gathering some of his reserves on Wednesday afternoon for “an irregular practice” with import Charles Rhodes.
“It’s just like our (Philippine Cup) ‘three-peat,’ it was never in our minds when we started the season,” Austria went on. “But if we get the chance (for the Grand Slam) like the chance we got for the ‘three-peat,’ you know my players, they will fight hardest.”...
The search for the right import will continue even after the PBA Commissioner’s Cup begins on Friday. The PBA will allow import changes at any time, even for the last game of the Finals. It’s not easy landing an import who fits a team’s style or system. A PBA coach said talent isn’t the problem but the ability to play how and what he’s supposed to.
That’s why six teams are bringing back imports for the second conference. They’ve been scouted and tested. Their return is an indication that they’ve passed the test. The comebacking imports are Mahindra’s James White, TNT KaTropa’s Denzel Bowles (previously played in four seasons with the Purefoods franchise), NLEX’s Wayne Chism (previously played in three seasons for Rain Or Shine, now reunited with coach Yeng Guiao), Rain Or Shine’s Shawn Taggart (played for GlobalPort last season), Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (played for Ginebra in the Governors Cup last season) and Phoenix’ Eugene Phelps (played for the Fuel Masters in the Governors Cup last season).
Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia settled for the under-sized Phelps, who’s 6-4 15/16, after failing to land 6-10 Jarrid Famous, 6-9 Brandon Costner and 6-9 Ekene Ibekwe. Even former Alaska import Diamon Simpson was on Vanguardia’s wish list but he’s under contract in Israel. Famous’ rights are held by GlobalPort until after this conference. GlobalPort will keep Famous’ rights and call him up in case original pick Sean Williams doesn’t work out. Blackwater also tried to pry Famous out of GlobalPort....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup||0||0||0.000|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||19||5||0.792||Champions|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||11||6||0.647||4th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||10||7||0.588||3rd|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||17||7||0.708||Champions|
|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|