In the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser, NLEX and Mahindra are out to barge into the winning column after both teams suffered 2 straight setbacks.
Meralco is currently tied with idle Alaska atop the standings with 2-0 records, after successive wins by the Bolts over NLEX and Mahindra.
Bolts head coach Norman Black knows his crew will have a tough test against the KaTropa, who will bring in veteran NBA journeyman Lou Amundson as their new import. Amundson replaced Denzel Bowles after TNT let go of the former Star import due to “attitude problems.”...
The KaTropa have secured the services of former NBA journeyman Lou Amundson who will make his debut Friday as TNT takes on Meralco for its opening game in the mid-season conference.
The PBA's official Twitter account posted that Amundson made the 6'10" height limit for imports after being listed at 6'8" Thursday....
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....
MANILA, Philippine – TNT KaTropa and Phoenix Petroleum have enlisted new imports in time for the Texters’ PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut against the Meralco Bolts on Friday and for the Fuel Masters’ second game against the Star Hotshots on Wednesday.
Ten-year NBA veteran Louis Amundson, who last played in the big league with the New York Knicks last season, was to leave Denver, Colorado yesterday and is to fly in today.
Amundson is a veteran who showed his wares in the NBA from 2006 to 2016, playing first for the Utah Jazz then with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns, the Golden States Warriors, the Indiana Pacers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Chicago Bulls, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Knicks....
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||1||1||0.500|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||11||9||0.550||4th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||12||4||0.750||3rd|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||7||0.500||6th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|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|