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PBA: Ginebra, NLEX already change imports for Commissioner s Cup

The 2018 Commissioner's Cup is yet to start and two PBA teams already changed imports. Brgy. Ginebra decided to let go of temporary import Shane Edwards as the former Alaska reinforcement asked for a leave to attend some sudden personal issues. According to resident agent Sheryl Reyes on Twitter, who represents Edwards, her client asked for permission to return home to deal with his emergency back home in the US. 6'10" Charles Garcia is now Ginebra's import for the mid-season joust. Garcia is an NBA G-League veteran, last playing for the Austin Spurs in the 2016-2017 season. Meanwhile, NLEX also replaced imports as Arnett Moultrie is yet to arrive, held up by his team in Bahrain. Instead, the Road Warriors will go with Adrian Forbes, a 6'10" Jamaican, for the meantime as they await the development surrounding Moultrie.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 20th, 2018

Vernon Macklin would love to play in the PBA again

Hitting a pair of clutch free throws to win the game for Magnolia provided the fitting farewell for Vernon Macklin on Friday night. But it doesn't seem like Filipino basketball fans had seen the last of Macklin in the PBA. The 31-year-old Macklin is well-loved by Filipinos ever since he made his PBA debut with Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup and led the Gin Kings' surprise finals run as the seventh seed before losing to No. 1 Alaska in a three-game sweep. And the adoration for him did not change in his return even if he switched teams. "Always. Like I said this place always has a special place in my heart," Macklin told reporters after his freebies with 3.1 seconds ...Keep on reading: Vernon Macklin would love to play in the PBA again.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

PBA: NLEX trades Al-Hussaini to Blackwater

Change is coming to NLEX anew. A proposed trade featuring the Road Warriors and Blackwater is practically done as both struggling teams in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup have agreed to swap back up big men. In a trade proposed Friday, NLEX will acquire Dave Marcelo from Blackwater. In exchange, the Elite will receive Rabeh Al-Hussaini from the Road Warriors. ANNOUNCEMENT: A trade proposal has been submitted to the @pbaconnect for approval involving Rabeh Al-Hussaini for @BWEliteForce's Dave Marcelo. — NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) May 18, 2018 "Rabeh's potential is great, but outs might not be the right system to maximize that potential," NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said in a team statement. "So this is a win-win situation. He can be better utilized in their team, while Dave Marcelo can be part of our future mainstays," he added. NLEX and Blackwater have not been performing well in the mid-season joust at all. The Road Warriors are currently 1-4 while the Elite have it worse as they're still winless in six games.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

PBA: Vic Manuel earns Player of the Week honors

Alaska is off to a flying start in the Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup, thanks to Vic Manuel’s electrifying plays off the bench. Nicknamed the “Muscleman”, the undersized forward has been providing the much-needed offense and hustle for an Aces side that has won their last three games after dropping their opening match against Rain or Shine. The Aces’ latest victory came on Sunday with the 6-foot-4 Manuel at the forefront.  Manuel fired a PBA career-high 29 points, making 12 of his 19 attempts from the field, while hauling down 12 rebounds to power Alaska to a 110-110 win over TNT in their duel in Antipolo. Manuel’s impressive effort earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of May 7-13, edging out Meralco’s Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, Columbian guard Rashawn McCarthy, Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan, Ginebra’s Kevin Ferrer and NLEX big man JR Quinahan. The win, Alaska’s third in four matches, forced a three-way logjam for second to fourth spots with Meralco and TNT, just half a game behind Rain or Shine, which paces the team standings with its 4-1 record. Alaska takes a six-game respite before returning to action on Saturday when it flies to Dumaguete City to face defending champion San Miguel Beer......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PBA: Rhodes or Balkman? Arwind is fine with either

Everyone calm down. While defending champion San Miguel Beer is off to an uncharacteristic 0-2 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Beermen are not about to press that panic button yet, They are alarmed and a little bit concerned, but San Miguel has been in far worse situations before. And almost every time, the Beermen came out of adversity, usually with a championship trophy in hand. "Syempre maikli lang yung season, importante yung panalo," forward Arwind Santos said. "Kaso yun nga, 0-2. Pero ang maganda rito, may pag-asa pa naman kami, malayo pa. Pwede pa rin namin makuha yung top-2, yun ang goal namin eh, makuha yung top-2," he added. True enough, San Miguel has a lot of basketball left to play. And just because the Beermen are down now, it doesn't mean they are out. "Kung hindi kami papalarin, ganun talaga buhay, hindi laging doon ka sa ibabaw, minsan nandudun ka rin sa ilalim. Pero di ibig sabihin na susuko kami. May mga adjustment kaming gagawin," Santos said. One major adjustment San Miguel will probably have to make is to change imports. If Troy Gillenwater continues to unimpress, he might be on his way out before the Beermen play Alaska Saturday, May 19. Should that happen, two popular choices are on deck for the Beermen: Charles Rhodes and Renaldo Balkman. For Arwind, if San Miguel has to change, he'll be fine with either. "Pareho ko naman silang gusto," he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PBA: El Destructor or James White? Phoenix has quality options for import

El Destructor is already in town but Phoenix is still rolling with young James White as import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. The Fuel Masters are currently 2-2 in the mid-season joust and their performance has been inconsistent to say the very least. To make matters just a little bit worse, White has seen a dip in his scoring the last two games, just one of the many problems head coach Louie Alas has to deal with so far. In light with that, Alas revealed that Eugene Phelps, the Fuel Masters' resident import, is already in town practicing with the squad. And while El Destructor is more than capable of playing in the Commissioner's Cup, he mostly sees action in the Governors' Cup. For those who forgot, Phelps came in mid-conference and pushed Phoenix to the playoffs of the 2016 Governors' Cup. He had the Fuel Masters in a winning record last season before going down with injury. Despite this development though, Alas maintains that White is his guy right now. "Nandiyan na yung import ko for next conference," Alas said after Phoenix lost in overtime Friday to NLEX. "Pero I told James na 'you are my import,'" he added. "Kung ano kumpiyansa mo, don't change it." For White, who has failed to break the 20-point barrier in his last two games, he's taking everything in stride. Whatever Alas asks him to do, he'll deliver he says. "Coach Louie tells me my main focus is on defense. Offense is going to take care of itself. [Struggling] is part of basketball, my teammates are doing great so what I gotta do is step up my defense," White said. "It starts at practice, just keep moving forward. Certain possessions we gotta take it with 100 percent effort. We'll look at this as a learning stage and move on," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

PBA: Ginebra, Blackwater battle for elusive first win

Only one between Brgy. Ginebra and Blackwater will remain winless in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup after Friday. The Gin Kings (0-2) and the Elite (0-4) dispute that elusive first win in the mid-season joust in the main game at the Alonte Sports Arena as the PBA goes for a rare weekday out-of-town game. Blackwater has been free-falling in the Commissioner's Cup, losing four straight, even firing head coach Leo Isaac in the middle of this current losing skid. Meanwhile, Ginebra has failed to get its groove so far as the Gin Kings continue to deal with injuries in their front court. Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m. from Laguna. In the opening game at 4:30 p.m., Phoenix (2-1) goes for back-to-back victories vs. the NLEX Road Warriors (0-3), the third team with no wins so far in the conference.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

PBA: Rain or Shine s Chris Tiu named Player of the Week

Rain or Shine got off to a flying start in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup, thanks to the steady leadership provided by veteran guard Chris Tiu. The 32-year-old Tiu averaged all-around numbers of 14 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds as Rain or Shine opened the mid-season conference with victories over Alaska and crowd darling Barangay Ginebra, respectively to become the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week. The former Ateneo playmaker had 18 points, issued 6 assists and collared 3 rebounds in a productive night to complement hulking import Reggie Johnson’s monster debut as Rain or Shine outlasted a fighting Alaska squad, 109-103 in overtime last Friday. Tiu showed no signs of slowing down as two days later, the ROS guard provided solid numbers of 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to help the Elasto Painters turn what was expected to be a tight contest into a ghastly rout of the Kings, 108-89. A one-time PBA Three-Point champion, Tiu bested teammate Raymond Almazan, along with TNT guards Jayson Castro, Terrence Romero and Jericho Cruz for the weekly citation for the period of April 22-29. Rain or Shine currently shares the early lead with TNT at 2-0 and will next face NLEX on Wednesday when action shifts to the Ynares Center in Antipolo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

PBA: Dandan says Dyip have 'no right' to be overconfident

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Columbian, formerly known as Kia, has seen a dramatic change in its unconventional ways to start the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Following a convincing 123-103 win over NLEX Saturday at the Ynares Center here, the Dyip are now 2-1 in the mid-season joust. In their last two PBA conferences, the team was a combined 1-21. Naturally, the Dyip are feeling good now especially after handily squashing the Road Warriors, a semifinalist in the last All-Filipino. Columbian saw three players score at least 20 points in the victory against NLEX. Another one, narrowly missed out on a triple double. But still, as early as now, head coach Ricky Dandan would like to remind his team that they haven't done anything noteworthy yet. "I'm gonna make sure that doesn't happen, although we know where we're coming from... and it's just the start of the conference. We have no right, we absolutely have no right, to have that kind of attitude," Dandan said as he tries to guard his crew from overconfidence. "I attribute the way they play in the change of attitude, something that we talked about when we began training camp. It's not just a change of personel but a change of attitude. Like I mentioned in our game against Blackwater, I talked to them about guarding against slippage, that's our enemy right now, slipping back to the old ways, the old attitude," he added. While he tries to be on top of his team's new situation, Dandan couldn't help but notice the change in his team's ways. All it needed was a change from their previously unconventional style. "You have to understand where I'm coming from when I say this, because we came from a one-win conference, but I am in awe with what our players have done," he said. "It's only our second win but like I said, from where we are coming from, I really can't help but be in awe of what our players have done, especially on the defensive end, I couldn't ask for more. We had a lot of mistakes, that's for sure, but the collective effort defensively... it was just all there," Dandan added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Old imports suit up for new squads in 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Old reinforcements return for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, albeit this time, most of them will be suiting up for another squad. Of the six returnees this conference, only former Best Import awardee Arinze Onuaku of Meralco and Malcolm White of GlobalPort are staying put. Vernon Macklin, who previously suited up for Ginebra, will now be playing for its rival Magnolia in the second conference. Jarrid Famous also makes his comeback as he joins Blackwater in his third foray in the league. Longtime Kia import James White has been tapped by Phoenix, while former Alaska reinforcement Shane Edwards will don the Ginebra jersey while it waits for first-choice Justin Brownlee. ...Keep on reading: Old imports suit up for new squads in 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

STAR HOTSHOT: Rafi Reavis will be forever relevant

It was early in 2017 when Rafi Reavis proved that he's still relevant. More than just relevant, in fact. In Game 2 of the Manila Clasico semifinals featuring Ginebra and Star, Reavis was the "star" for the Hotshots in the clutch, grabbing two crucial offensive rebounds in the last 20 seconds to deny the Gin Kings any chance of a "Never Say Die" comeback. With seven seconds to go in the ball game, the then 39-year-old Rafi calmly made two pressure-packed free throws and Star took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7. "I got a lot left in the tank, man. A lot left," Reavis said then. He was right. STAR BOY Literally a week after his heroics against Ginebra in Game 2 of last year's series, Reavis played his best game in a long, long time in Game 5. Rafi dropped 17 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Hotshots to a crucial 3-2 lead. While Star ended up losing in seven games, that was perhaps Reavis' best performance in the last four or five years, including the current year were having right now. And yet even then, the veteran forward was the least surprised. It's as if he knew. He's going to be relevant in the league until he decides he's done. "I'm not surprised at all. That's me," Reavis said in 2017. "That's the way I play. That's what I'm always trying to do, just be a leader, trying to do what's needed. The only thing that matters is the W. However that comes, I'll go with it," he added. ALL I DO IS WIN It's kinda cool for Rafi Reavis to say that he'll go with winning, regardless of how his team gets there. Over the course of his current 16-year PBA career, Reavis has done a lot of winning. Seriously, a lot. Rafi has 10 PBA championships and up until the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, he was the winningest active player in the league. He's won with different teams as well. Reavis picked up his first pair of titles with the old Coca-Cola Tigers before winning another two with Brgy. Ginebra. When he landed at Purefoods, Reavis would win six more championships, including the Grand Slam in 2014. Simply put, Rafi Reavis is an asset to any team. A valuable asset. He's done all that winning in a way only he knows how. "Defense. Defense wins championships," Reavis said. "I don't care about the glamour, the points, the fame. I don't need that,  that's not what gets me paid. Being part of a team that was winning a championship, that's all I care about. I'm team first and I'm all about the big goal, the big picture," he added. PLASTIKMAN Rafi's Twitter handle is @Plastikman. If it sounds familiar, it's almost a play on the local comics superhero "Lastikman" which is a character is most definitely based from Marvel's Mister Fantastic. Fifteen years ago in 2003, "Bossing" Vic Sotto gave the character life in a movie and while this useless rambling doesn't necessarily say and mean that Rafi was inspired by it and put his own twist to the name, it does make some sense. Reavis has some pretty long arms and legs, which come in handy while he's trying to defend the paint. His physical gifts and his brilliant mind make him the basketball player that he is. A player relevant to this day. "He's very smart, ang taas ng basketball IQ niya. Plus the fact na ano siya, hindi siya nagpapabaya. Yung katawan niya, inaalagaan niya talaga," Chito Victolero said of Reavis. Victolero was teammates with Rafi in the old MBA and he was the second overall pick in the 2002 Draft. Now he's Reavis' head coach with Magnolia. "He won a lot of championships and he knows what to do. Siguro mas beterano pa siya sakin in terms of dun sa loob ng court eh. I trust him very much and alam ko kung ano yung ginagawa niya," Victolero added. Sticking with the superhero theme, Reavis wants to add something to his list of achievements that's outside of winning championships. Plastikman wants to outlast the Rock in the PBA. "I'm trying to take care of myself and that guy, he's amazing," 40-year-old Reavis said of 45-year-old Asi Taulava, NLEX's center and the 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player that is still going strong as well. "I think he just had a birthday recently and it's going to make it a little harder for me but I can do it. I'm having fun. And I think as long as I play for a guy like coach Chito, I can meet that goal," he added. BREAKING RECORDS Rafi Reavis was the league's winningest active player up until the 2017 Commissioner's Cup. When San Miguel Beer won last year's mid-season prize, Yancy De Ocampo joined Reavis at the top with 10 titles. Yancy was the no. 1 pick in 2002 and Rafi was second. San Miguel and Magnolia are currently locked in a heated Finals for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup and either De Ocampo or Reavis will take over as the winnigest active player in less than two weeks time. "None of that really means anything to me," Reavis said, doubling down on his team-first mentality. "I think it will probably mean something when I'm all said and done and my career is over with, but I'm still an active player. I have a duty to perform. It's all great and it's all glory but at the end of the day it doesn't really mean anything," he added. ALL I WANT TO DO IS KEEP WINNING It was in early 2017 when Rafi Reavis made it known that he still has a lot left in his tank. Fast forward to 2018 in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel and Reavis practically won the Purefoods franchise yet another Finals game. With the Hotshots holding on to a two-point lead with 2.2 seconds, Reavis disrupted San Miguel's final offensive possession basically by himself to make sure Magnolia completed a comeback from 20 points down. Rafi first tipped the inbound pass to foil the Beermen's first option for June Mar Fajardo and after Arwind Santos picked the ball up to shoot a game-tying jumper, Reavis was there too to block the shot. Rafi Reavis has won a lot but he wants to keep winning. "We're still  active so we're still out there trying to get one more," he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

Aldrech after Hotshots take 3-2 lead: Wala pa kami napapatunayan

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The Hotshots take a 3-2 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, we've seen this before. It didn't end well. Last season, the Hotshots also took a 3-2 lead over Brgy. Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals only to end up losing in seven games. This season, on their fourth straight semis appearance, the Hotshots are once again up 3-2, this time against NLEX. It feels awfully familiar and the team is hellbent on advancing to the championship round now. "Actually yun yung sinabi ni coach kanina sa dugout, same situation as last year [vs. Ginebra]," forward Aldrech Ramos said Sunday after Magnolia's 87-78 win over the Road Warriors at the Ynares Center here. Ramos fired 12 points in the third period and finished with a total of 15, giving Magnolia a spark on offense in a game that was a defensive struggle right from the start. "Wala pa kami napapatunayan, hindi pa namin nao-overcome yung nangyari samin last year. Wag kami makampante para makuha namin yung Game 6," he added. Following a "Grand Slam" last season in terms of semifinal appearances, Magnolia is hungry for a Finals stint. And after finally reaching this far --- they lost in the Commissioner's Cup, 1-3, and got swept in the Governors' Cup --- the ghost of the 2017 Philippine Cup still haunt the team. Now is the time to get over it and challenge San Miguel for the title. "Malaki to, ilang beses na kami nakatungtong sa semis pero hindi naman ito yung ticket para maka-pasok kami sa Finals di ba," Ramos said. "Kailangan pa rin namin mag-trabaho at hopefully next game, magawa ulit namin, ma-surpass namin yung energy nila at makuha namin," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Scottie leads all PBA All-Stars in first return of votes

Rising star Scottie Thompson emerged as the leading choice of fans in the initial tally of voting for this year’s PBA All-Star week. The Barangay Ginebra third-year guard has so far amassed a total of 17,851 votes from the combined online and in-venue ballots to show the way for the Mindanao selection that will play Gilas Pilipinas on May 23 in Digos, Davao del Sur. Thompson also topped the voting on both online (17,573) and in-venue games (278). Four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo meanwhile, comes a close second behind Thompson with 17,498 as the top vote getter of the Visayas selection which sees action on May 27 in Iloilo also opposite the national team. The 6-foot-10 center of San Miguel Beer is also second to Thompson in online (17,250) and venue (248) voting. Also breaching the 17,000 mark are Magnolia Pambansang Manok’s Mark Barroca and two-time MVP James Yap of Rain or Shine. Barroca, who had the most number of fan votes in last year’s All-Star, tallied 17,377 for third place and second in Mindanao, while Yap totaled 17,006 for fourth place overall and second in Visayas. Meanwhile, Japeth Aguilar also of Barangay Ginebra was the no. 1 vote getter for the Luzon squad with 11,692 followed by Alaska’s Calvin Abueva at second with 10,083. The Luzon selection plays Gilas in Batangas City on May 25. Kiefer Ravena on the other hand, is the only rookie to make it in the Top 10 of all three All-Star teams by emerging no. 3 in the Visayas voting behind Fajardo and Yap. The NLEX freshman guard had 14,550 votes. Voting for this year’s All-Star began simultaneously on social media and the different playing venues last Feb. 16 and ended last March 9 for the initial cutoff. It resumes shortly during the eliminations of the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup. Also getting huge votes from the fans are Magnolia sophomore Jio Jalalon (14,368) and veteran teammate Peter June Simon (13,596), as well as Blackwater sophomore big man Mac Belo (12,192). The three completes the top five choices in the Mindanao team. Greg Slaughter (11,665) of Barangay Ginebra and Globalport’s Terrence Romeo (11,052) are the two other players from Visayas who already surpassed the 10,000 vote barrier. The rest of the Top 10 players in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who made it to the initial cutoff are as follows. Luzon – Marc Pingris (8,553), LA Tenorio (7,051), Paul Lee (6,880), Jayson Castro (6,566), Mark Caguioa (5,550), Alex Cabagnot (5,129), Marcio Lassiter (5,093), and Arwind Santos (4,972). Visayas – Joe Devance (8,341), Roger Pogoy (7,467), Jeff Chan (7,386), Chris Ross (6,413), and Aldrech Ramos (4,352). Mindanao – Jaypee Erram (8,342), Baser Amer (7,526), Rafi Reavis (7,331), Cyrus Baguio (7,269), and Sonny Thoss (6,395).  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

The 17 best PBA photos of 2017

Sure, the PBA has seen some trying times this year but to say  that the league is dying would be complete exaggeration. The games were still good. the stories were still compelling, and the stars were still shining bright. Was it a perfect season? Not a chance. But the PBA is still doing relative well. Well enough that everyone was happy. For the most part. And to celebrate a year that has come and gone, here are some of the best photos captured by ABS-CBN Sports for 2017, in no particular order of course but all of them are great. Happy New Year and here's to another great year for the PBA and basketball in general. Let's do this.   James Yap playing outside the Purefoods franchise? Still weird. James Yap and PJ Simon playing against each other? Weirder.   Allein Maliksi is without a doubt the most unapologetic scorer in the PBA. He had a run in the Philippine Cup where he was setting new career highs for every game and Star was destroying opponents by 25 points. He's with Blackwater now though.   2017 was not a good year for Alaska. Still, it's nice to see Calvin Abueva still Beastin' out there. Never change, Calvin.   Now that they're both healthy at the same time, here's to seeing more head-to-head games between this two. The PBA and Philippine basketball in general needs more of June Mar Fajardo vs. Greg Slaughter.   Terrence Romeo: scoring champion, fashion icon, king of swag both on and off the court. My goodness, bro.   You think Justin Brownlee is clutch? Why don't you ask the barangay. Pretty sure they will say hell yes Justin Brownlee is clutch.   This photo pretty much sums up The Rematch for coacn Norman Black and the Meralco Bolts. We need to see a Ginebra-Meralco part 3 in the Governors' Cup for 2018. Please.   The Fast and the Furious forever. There are no words for this. Happy retirement, Mr. Helterbrand.   If everything goes according to plan, we can call this the smiles that launched a Grand Slam. The PBA better be ready for the super, superteam that is the San Miguel Beermen with Christian Standhardinger.   The Gin Kings might as well own the Philippine Arena. Ginebra is setting attendance records left and right at the massive INC facility. More importantly, they keep on winning there. The barangay is 5-1 in Bulacan including one Game 7 win for another championship.   James Yap used to be the face of the Purefoods franchise and Marc Pingris was the team's heart and soul. Now, Ping is all of that and then some.   Taken just moments before the Beermen completed a Philippine Cup hat trick to capture the Perpetual trophy. This San Miguel team is a special group.   Chito Narvasa's highly-controversial term as PBA Commissioner ended this year. However, perhaps his most controversial move was approving the much-maligned Kia-San Miguel trade for the no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft. This was from the press conference that triggered the PBA Board impasse. Overall just not a good look. It was impactful, but not good.   He might be slowing down a little bit but Jayson Castro is still a force to be reckoned with. The Blur might just get to a new gear in 2018. Watch out.   He finally beat his inner demons and Mac Cardona found his way back in the PBA this year. Welcome back, Captain Hook.   Kiefer Ravena was ready for the PBA two years ago. Two games into his first pro season, the Phenom is already proving his worth. This was his first PBA dunk. There should be more to come.   Nash Racela is one brave soul. He spent the entire season trying to beat San Miguel teams in order to win a title for TNT. The KaTropa didn't end up winning anything but coach Nash sure got into the skin of the SMC teams. Here he is trying to plead for a foul because officials are supposedly favoring Ginebra. While that's not proven, if 2017 was any indication, 2018 should be even more fun for coach Nash and the San Miguel teams.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Status quo for PBA in 2018

PBA Season 43 is readopting the exciting calendar in the past season that culminated with the Governors Cup finale played before record crowds at the Philippine Arena. The local pro league is also reimplementing the same exciting formats used last season where San Miguel Beer emerged as the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup champ while Barangay Ginebra came through with a successful title defense in the Governors Cup. This measure was resolved in the last PBA regular board meeting in Manila. The same height limits for imports are set – 6-foot-10 in the Commissioner’s Cup and 6-foot-5 in the Governors Cup. This paves the way for the likely return of topnotch imports Justin Brownlee, Charles Rhodes, Ricardo Ratliffe and Allen Durham in PBA Season 43 set to start Dec. 17. All three tourneys feature a single-round-robin elimination phase, with the best eight teams advancing to the playoffs. Thus each team will be playing a minimum of 33 games in the season. In the all-Filipino and in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Top Two gain a twice-to-beat advantage versus the bottom two in the quarters. The four middle teams, meanwhile, figure in a pair of best-of-three quarterfinals showdowns. In the Governors Cup, the Top Four will all enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals versus the next four. It’s No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 opposite No. 7, No.3 against No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5. The Gin Kings are likely to play Brownlee in both the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup like they did last season. Meanwhile, San Miguel and Star are likely to bring back Rhodes and Ratliffe in the second conference while Meralco could lean on Durham again in the Governors Cup. Rhodes and Durham emerged as the Best Imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors Cup, respectively, in PBA Season 42......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Commissioner Narvasa: Let s be a league of rules, not of men

Things in the PBA just got a bit more complicated. Just hours after Rickie Santos was appointed as the league's officer-in-charge, it appears that Chito Narvasa will still end up as Commissioner for the time being. And in a separate press conference Thursday afternoon, Narvasa maintains his position and will not resign from his post. "I'm willing to resign, wala namang problema. But if it's for principle, then I must stay," the Commissioner said. Narvasa says that as long as he's in position, he will fight for the PBA and the Commissioner's office, noting that the Commissioner will not be bullied into submission by those who have power. "I was talking to some of my advisers also, a close friend of mine said I should stay," Narvasa said Monday at the PBA office in Libis. "Why? Tama na to, I can always leave, I'll be okay. Ayaw ko may kaaway, ayaw ko makipagaway. Gusto ko masaya ang tao sa PBA," Narvasa answered. "Sabi nila 'Chito that's not it.' If they can bully the a Commissioner, force him to resign at something they do not like, then the office of the Commissioner will weaken and will always be subject to whoever is most powerful among the team owners. "Yun lang ang pakiusap ko. I hope the people will understand. I hope they understand the principle behind it, I'm fighting for the Office of the Commissioner. Nobody, no matter how powerful, should be able to frighten it, scare it, or threaten it," Narvasa added. After what has been a rather stressful day for the league, status quo remains in the fact that Narvasa is still Commissioner. However, clear battle lines have been drawn with regards to the PBA board. On one side, seven teams have made it known that they want Narvasa out, with their board of representatives filing a resolution not to extend Narvasa's term as Commissioner. Those teams include TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Blackwater and Phoenix. On the other side, there's the five teams that urged Narvasa to stay put. The teams are San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Globalport, and Kia. In order for Narvasa's term to not be extended, the PBA Board needs 2/3 of the majority to vote for it. That accounts for eight teams. Ultimately, Narvasa says that he will accept his fate at the hands of the PBA Board. However, he just hopes that the proper procedure will be followed before arriving at such decision. "I'm just doing a job here. I know who my bosses are, if 8 of the 12 tell me to leave, then I will leave. No problem, I will follow eh. But who will I follow?" Narvasa said. "Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let's be a league of rules and not of men," the Commissioner added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

PBA Drama 2017 edition: Saan ka? Kampihan na!

With regards to Chito Narvasa's tenure as PBA Commissioner, it all depends on the PBA Board now. Following a sudden press conference Thursday, Narvasa maintains that he will continue to serve the PBA as long as he's the actual league Commissioner and he will willingly step down if the majority says so. However, he will only do so if the proper procedure is followed. The most basic explanation is that eight teams should vote for the removal of Narvasa as the PBA's top offical. There lies the main problem in this sudden PBA drama. As it stands, seven teams are against extending Narvasa's term as Commissioner. Led by incoming chairman Mon Fernandez of NLEX, the majority bloc has filed a resolution to not support Narvasa's extension. Aside from NLEX, team's in the majority block include Meralco, Blackwater, Phoenix, Rain or Shine, Alaska, and TNT. "Lumapit sakin si Mon Fernandez, sabi 'Comm the majority wants to give you a message, we have lost confidence in yo [and] that we will not re-appoint you for this year as Commissioner,'" Narvasa said Thursday, recalling the first time he was told about the development. Per Narvasa, this meeting transpired Monday, Oct. 30, one day after the 2017 PBA Draft. On the other side of this is the group that encouraged Narvasa not to resign immediately. This side is made up of teams from the San Miguel group (San Miguel, Ginebra, Star) together with Globalport and Kia. The minority of the PBA board, together with Narvasa essentially, is arguing that proper procedure should be followed. After all, there should be eight votes before the PBA can even think about finding its new Commissioner. It's pretty clear that the majority bloc never got to eight votes. At least not yet. "That's what I'm fighting for and the five teams are fighting for. Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let's be a league of rules and not of men," Narvasa said. Ultimately, it looks like the PBA Board will have a lot to talk about during its annual planning next week. The Board will leave for the United States on November 10 to discuss the future for the league. "They told me that I'm still the Commissioner. I will not abandon the PBA also, we have a long time before the opening so we will see how everything will work out," Narvasa said. "These are all grown men so I'm sure they'll [PBA Board] be able to find a resolution among themselves," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Gin Kings, Elite to bring back Brownlee, Walker

Barangay Ginebra and Blackwater are bringing back their old tested imports after the PBA All-Star break as they try to salvage their respective campaigns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and at the same make an early preparation for the next conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater

Help is on the way for Barangay Ginebra. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings have finally decided to bring back Justin Brownlee and replace Chuck Garcia. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who handles Brownlee, announced the return of the two-time PBA champion on her Twitter account. Mga ka barangay it's official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra's import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx --- Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Interestingly, Brownlee's return will be against fierce rival Meralco on June 1 at Mall of Asia Arena. Ginebra and Meralco have faced each other in the last two Governo...Keep on reading: Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Cone says struggling Ginebra will rise

Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone remains unfazed amid the Gin Kings' early struggles in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Ginebra slid t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Hard-luck Blackwater the latest to change import, taps Henry Walker

MANILA, Philippines – Hungry to notch their first win in the Commissioner's Cup, the Blackwater Elite tapped the services of former import Henry Walker. The former NBA player, who led the Elite to a quarterfinals apperance in the Governors' Cup last season, will replace Jarrid Famous. Walker's agent and representative in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018