Taulava, now 42, believes “sky is the limit” for Tautuaa, only 26, who is the top overall pick of this year’s PBA Rookie Draft.
The two had the chance to get to know more about each other during the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s training camp in Estonia. Taulava is making a comeback to the national team as Tautuaa, while ineligible to play as a local, is serving as a backup for naturalized player Andray Blatche.
Them having the same roots might have helped them develop a special bonding, and it isn’t coincidence that they had been roommates while they were in Europe....
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....
On Tuesday, the 6-foot-6 Rosario, originally selected by Mahindra (formerly KIA) as the no. 2 overall draft pick, was shipped to Talk ‘N Text as part of the three-team, five-player deal.
Talk ‘N Text team manager Virgil Villavicencio said management signed both rookies before they fly to Taipei on Friday for the annual William Jones Cup. The maximum rookie deal is worth around P8.5 million, spread in three years with a monthly basic pay of P150,000 in the first year, P225,000 in the second year and P337,500 in the third year. ...
MANILA, Philippines – Away in Estonia, Moala Tautuaa was welcomed to the Talk n Text team by coach Jong Uichico, assistant coach Josh Reyes and would-be teammate Matt Rosser when his name was hollered by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa as the No. 1 pick by the Tropang Texters in the 2015 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft in Manila Sunday.
The TnT group and Alaska Milk coach Alex Compton followed the draft proceedings via the Internet a few hours before their departure for Manila after a stint in the Toyota Four Nations Cup in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.
When Tautuaa was eventually called out as the top draft selection, Rosser and Reyes presented the Fil-Tongan player a Talk n Text shirt and were later joined by Uichico in a video shoot by sports5.ph’s Carlo Pamintuan....
The trade was done after the Tropang Texters selected Fil-Tongan big man Moala Tautuaa with the top pick on Sunday in the PBA Rookie Draft.
Washington averaged seven points and 3.87 rebounds last season for Talk ‘N Text which won the Commissioner’s Cup....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||10th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||10||7||0.588||4th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||4th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||21||4||0.840||Champions|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||8||6||0.571||4th|