Everyone is busy preparing for Christmas. But Air21 and Red Bull were all business as usual.I disagree with the author's note regarding the congestion on the 2-guard position. Looking at Air21's line-up, only Gary David is the legit and effective shooting guard. Cyrus Baguio can definitely share the position with David. Celino Cruz meanwhile, will help Arboleda orchestrating the offense and he's another defensive guard like Arboleda.
The Express and the Barakos agreed on a four-player swap on Christmas Eve in one of the many exciting things to happen before the deadline of player elapses tomorrow.
The Express grabbed from the deal high-leaping swingman Cyrus Baguio and cerebral guard Celino Cruz in exchange for two first-round future picks.
"We have already addressed our problem on the center spot by getting JR Quiñahan earlier, and Don Allado lately. Now, we have secured the services of talented guards in Baguio and Cruz, making the guard spots more complicated," said Alvarez.
There were reports that Arwind Santos, Air21's franchise player, is reportedly being wooed by Talk N Text, but Alvarez said they are not keen on giving up their leading Most Valuable Player candidate last season.
The Express recently agreed to trade Ranidel de Ocampo for Allado and the Tropang Texters' first-round pick.
"People might think it would be easy for Talk N Text to get Arwind, but he's our franchise player," said Alvarez.
By getting the services of Baguio, the Express' wing rotation has become more congested with Gary David, Arwind Santos, KG Canaleta and JC Intal playing the no. 2 and no. 3 spots. Rey Joble - Manila Standard Today
Baguio heads for Air21, TnT?
Updated December 24, 2008 12:00 AM
Cyrus Baguio is reportedly also on the way out of Red Bull and is heading for either Air21 or Talk n Text.
According to reports, the Red Bull management has committed Baguio plus point guard Celino Cruz in a trade deal to be formalized before the league trading deadline on the last play date of the elimination round either tomorrow or Sunday.
“I would be very happy if that report is true. I will not deny that I have approached Red Bull, looking to acquire Baguio, Cruz and Larry Rodriguez,” said Air21 governor and team manager Lito Alvarez.
Red Bull governor Tony Chua denied knowledge of the trade.
However, league sources confirmed the deal, including those from the teams which had tried to work out a deal for Baguio.
The former UST mainstay soared to stardom following the departure of several prominent players from Red Bull including Rico Villanueva, Willie Miller, Lordy Tugade, Mick Pennisi, Larry Fonacier, Junthy Valenzuela and Rich Alvarez. – Nelson Beltransource
It's almost the end of eliminations but teams are still determined in reshaping their rosters in preparation for a tight battle for the all Filipino Cup finals. Talk n Text, a team that certainly needs a reliable inside operator lets go with Don Carlos Allado for Ranidel de Ocampo. Ranidel will be reunited with his brother Yancy. TnT also gave their first-round pick in 2012 to the Express. Don Allado originally drafted by Alaska is now with Air21.
Here are their conference stats:
36.94 mpg | 13.94 ppg, 9.94 rpg | 3.94 apg and 36.0708OPE
23.94 mpg | 5.25ppg | 6.12rpg | 19.6648OPE
This move is definitely in favor of Talk n Text, which makes me wonder why the Express agreed to such one-sided deal. Pound for pound, Ranidel is way better than Don Allado in all aspect of the game. What's more mind buggling is that Air21 actually lacks big players to man the 4 and 5 spots. They only have JR Quinahan and Homer Se. Let's see how this trade works out for both teams.
I was able to watch the Final 4 games and also the Finals of the prestigious 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship(PCC). The final 4 matches were both nail-biting games. ADMU escaped the relentless Knights by a single point while the San Beda failed to keep the lead against scrappy DLSU.
I would have preferred a finals showdown between San Beda and Ateneo in the finals because I wanted to see the Ekwe-Al Hussaini match-up. Anyways, the finals featured a rematch of the this year's UAAP finals, DLSU versus ADMU. The Blue Eagles played without ace guard Cris Tiu (entire PCC) and rookie sensation Ryan Buenafe (finals match).
The Eagles struggled with the pressure defense of DLSU. The team committed a lot of turnovers which translated to tons of turnover points. ADMU's main man Rabeh Al-Hussaini also played a poor game. He picked up two early fouls in the 1st quarter and never got back on track since then.
De La Salle University bounced back from its disappointing loss in the UAAP by defeating Ateneo de Manila University, 71-62, to capture the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship at the Araneta Coliseum.Congratulations to the winners. KUDOS de La Salle.
JV Casio sizzled for 17 of his 20 points in the second half while adding six rebounds, six assists and three steals to be named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
It was a fitting end to Casio’s collegiate career, two months after the Archers got swept aside by the Blue Eagles in the UAAP finals.
And for head coach Franz Pumaren, he was glad to steered the Taft-based squad to the national championship.
“Well at least we won a big one,” said Pumaren. “I thought we would be zero this ‘08 but at least based on this tournament, we are the number one collegiate team in the country.”
Trailing 29-28 entering the second half, the Archers erected a telling 17-4 capped off by a teardrop shot by Casio at the 5:19 mark for a 45-33 advantage.
From there, it was all La Salle as Ateneo’s closest threat came at 51-46 at the end of the third before Casio uncorked 10 points in the pivotal period that sealed the title.
DLSU also received the Manny V. Pangilinan Perpetual Trophy and 1,000,000 pesos cash prize, half of it going to the winning squad. They will also represent the country in the 2009 Universiade in Serbia.
“Probably wanting to redeem themselves and wanting to be the top team in the country was their motivation,” said Pumaren. “That’s why it is so satisfying for us because everybody wanted to participate and they were really serious about this tournament.”
Peejay Barua was the other double-digit scorer with 10 points while Bader Malabes and Ferdinand added eight and seven, respectively.
Jai Reyes led all scorers with 22 points and shot 6-of-12 threes in the game while Rabeh Al-Hussaini added 10 points and four boards but shot a poor 2-of-10 clip from the field. The Blue Eagles claimed 500,000 pesos for their bridesmaid finish.
Despite the height disadvantage, the Archers managed to dominate the Eagles, 53-39, in the rebounding department while allowing Ateneo to shot just 25 percent from the floor.
Ateneo played minus UAAP rookie of the year Ryan Buenafe, who was sick, Jobe Nkemakolam and Chris Tiu, who watched Manny Pacquiao‘s victory over Oscar dela Hoya in Las Vegas.
“This is not the same team that played in the UAAP so what can we do,” said Black. “But congratulations to La Salle, they deserved the win.”
Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran managed to beat NCAA champion San Beda, 75-67, to take home third place plus 200,000 pesos.
The Knights leaned on RJ Jazul’s 17 points and six rebounds and Dino Daa’s 16 points and nine rebounds as they pull away from the Red Lions in the final canto.
Sam Ekwe, playing his last match as a Red Lion, scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots in a losing cause. JR Tecson and Ogie Menor added 11 and 10 markers each.
Casio, Al-Hussaini, Jazul, Nonoy Baclao and Rico Maierhofer were all named to the tournament’s Mythical Five selection.
LETRAN 75 - Jazul 17, Daa 16, Guevarra 9, Melegrito 9, Ranises 8, Cabonce 6, Belencion 5, Cortes 2, Gutilban 2, Del Rosario 1, Dangcal 0.
SAN BEDA 68 - Ekwe 21, Tecson 11, Menor 10, Pascual 7, Taganas 6, Villanueva 4, Gamalinda 4, Marcelo 2, Lanete 2, Taupa 0, Soliman 0, Tirona 0.
Quarters: 15-15; 35-32; 50-53; 75-67
LA SALLE 71 - Casio 20, Barua 10, Malabes 8, Ferdinand 7, Mangahas 5, Bagatsing 5, Maierhofer 5, Webb 5, Mendoza 2, Lee 0.
ATENEO 62 - Reyes 22, Al-Hussaini 10, Gonzaga 6, Salva 5, Baclao 4, Baldos 4, Salamat 2, Escueta 2, Long 2, Sumalinog 0.
Quarters: 9-13; 28-29; 51-46; 71-62.
Written by jonas_terrado
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 1:45:00 AM
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Features James Yap of the Purefoods TJ Giants.
A bitter Air21 Express just got their hearts crushed even more as SMB demolished the Express, 98-78. Air21 had a lot of words coming into the game, saying it would be their redemption game and they have something to settle with San Miguel Beermen. It all started SMB stole the win during their first meeting because of a faulty call by the referee. Ranidel de Ocampo's three-point shot was called as a two pointer pushing the game to overtime and SMB eventually triumphed.
Air21's headcoach Bo Perasol and the team managament have pleaded their case and made the necessary appeal with still no success. Now, it has been reported that the bitter team will bring their case to the Games and Amusements Board.
Air21 lost its appeal to the PBA board by a vote Wednesday and said it will take its case to the Games and Amusement Board, marking, if ever, the first time that the government agency will be made a part in making a crucial league decision.
I've seen that game of Air21 and SMB and it was definitely a faulty call since de Ocampo's shot was really a 3-pointer. My point is, it seems that the team has gone too far. They have established their point. But with the denials of their appeals, I guess it's only proper to let go of the case. It was just a single game and wouldn't spell their status at the end of the All-Filipino Cup. They should be professional enough to take blows.
Also, the league didn't deny the error of the referees but with the current rules the call and result of the game sticks.
Move on Air21.
Not really an interesting trade to me. It's not one of those wtf trades.hehehe Clearly the Knicks get the best of this deal. Despite losing Jamal and Zach, they've acquired reliable veterans who are more of role players which I think what Mike D'Antoni favors. Moreover, this makes their salary cap in better shape especially come 2010. It's no secret that New York is eager to get Lebron James as his contract expires by 2010.
I wonder what Don Nelson, headcoach of the Warriors is up to. With the departure of Al Harrington, he only has Brandon Wright and Rony Turiaf to rely on at the power forward position. The two are more of off-the-bench type of players at least this season. Getting Jamal Crawford who demands and I would say deserves playing time would certainly tighten their guard rotation especially when Monta Ellis gets back from suspension. At my count, I think they have 8 guards(PG/SG).
On the next trade update, I hope having Cleveland mentioned. *wink
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Coach Yeng Guiao announced today his RP selection. I was able to listen to his live phone patch interview at NBN Sports this afternoon. It's surprising that Dondon Hontiveros is not included in the line-up.
RP basketball team for World qualifiers namedComparing to my RP roster, I missed Ryan Reyes, Cyrus Baguio and Jared Dillinger. This ain't the final roster yet. In fact West Kentucky center Japeth Aguilar could most likely be inserted in the roster by May next year.
MANILA, Philippines - Another all-star team has been assembled. This time, the country hopes the result will be different.
RP basketball head coach Yeng Guiao announced on Thursday the roster of the national team that will compete in the Fiba-Asia men's championship next year, the qualifying tournament for the World Championship.
Among Guiao's choices include four players who have combined to win five of the last six MVP awards, led by two-time Philippine Basketball Association MVP Willie Miller and reigning MVP Kelly Williams.
Besides Miller and Williams, RP coach Yeng Guiao also tabbed Ranidel de Ocampo, JayJay Helterbrand, Gabe Norwood, Mick Pennisi, Kerby Raymundo, and former MVPs James Yap and Asi Taulava.
All players mentioned except for Miller were on the squad that appeared in the Olympic qualifiers for Asia held last year in Japan.
Guiao also picked out Cyrus Baguio, Jared Dilinger, Arwind Santos, Ryan Reyes, and Sonny Thoss.
The Fiba-Asia tournament will be held September 1 to 9, 2009 in Guangzhou, China. The World Championship will be from August 23 to September 12 in Istanbul, Turkey.
"We plan to start practicing on Monday [at The Arena in San Juan] and invite all players to the line up for orientation dinner," Guiao said during the team presentation held at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.
"We'll talk about the philosophy of the team, set the objective and bond together for the first time."
The average height of the team is six feet and four inches, a ceiling Guiao called "not bad enough".
"This is not as big as I want it to be. We even wanted to have a naturalized player, but Mick and Asi are here. At least they can provide size to a certain degree," Guiao said, adding that the team's speed and perimeter shooting will try to offset the lack of the height.
Guiao did not discount the possibility of adding two more players, one of who could be Japeth Aguilar.
Guiao stressed that the composition of the team was "really a product of the coaching advisory group," referring to the council of former national coaches including Robert Jaworski, Norman Black, Tim Cone, Jong Uichico and Chot Reyes. - GMANews.TV
Jimmy "The Mighty Mouse" Alapag is recently reported to be in the trading block of Talk n Text Tropang Texters. Despite his decent play, Talk n Text has yet to string wins in the KFC All Filipino Cup of the PBA. Alapag has less playing time with the entry of spitfire point guard Jason Castro. Castro was picked third by TnT at the expense of forward Jay Washington. Turning 31 this 30th of December, Jimmy is still one of the premeire point guards in the league. In fact, his name is dragged on to the candidates for the RP roster under coach Yeng Guiao. I'm pretty sure he's still a juicy trade bait and other teams will certainly look to snatch him.
Where could Jimmy possibly go to?
Coca-Cola Tigers - Why? Simple. Coke is also a struggling team. Main reason why they would want to land Jimmy is to reunite him with center Asi Taulava. The two played sweet music together over at Talk n Text.
San Miguel Beermen - With Mike Cortez's ACL injury which sidelines him for about 6 months, SMB must be cooking something to get Jimmy. Among the teams also, roster wise, SMB has players to give out.
Purefoods TJ Giants - Just like SMB, Purefoods is in need of a point guard. Despite Topex Robinson's decent play, with the uncertaintly of Roger Yap's condition, PF might just find a little Giant in Jimmy. The problem is who will they give out.
Ow well, let's just wait and see. According to the news, Alapag will be a package deal meaning other TnT players will be involved. A 3-way trade (3 teams) is a big possibility.
Good thing Jose Calderon responded to Garnett. That's how you earn respect.
It was a relatively quiet off-season for most of the big teams in the NBA. But, just a week after the season opened, the Pistons and Nuggets agree to make some noise. Detroit traded three players in Chauncey Billups, Antonio Mcdyess, and Cheikh Samb for all-star Allen Iverson of Denver.
AI's contract is expiring, and I heard in the news just 2 weeks ago that he wouldn't want to be traded anymore. He'd rather sacrifice cutting his salary just to stay in Denver. In three games with the Nuggets this season, Allen is averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 assists. The departure of AI will certainly give JR Smith more playing time. He'll (JR) be the primary shooting guard of the Denver. Billups will be bringing his point guard smarts to a team that has no reliable point guard. Before the trade, Denver relies on Chucky Atkins, Anthony Carter and AI to man the point. As pointed out in the article from nba.com, Mcdyess doesn't want to be in Denver and he might just opt to retire or go for a contract buyout. If this happens, Denver must search for a reliable forward to help out Kenyon Martin and Nene.
On the flip-side, Detroit gets an exciting offensive player in AI. Iverson has been a crowd favorite all through out his career. He will not be able to take the role of Billups but he'll provide the offensive firepower that Pistons might just be lacking to get back to the finals. With the impressive play of Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell last season, the two will fill the holes vacated by key players' Billups and Mcdyess.
*With the trade, Denver and Detroit give away their respective Team Captains
Purefoods get another Barako in the person of Rich Alvarez. The 2004 number one draft pick is now with Purefoods in exchange for the Giants' 1st round pick in 2011.
The Giants holding a 2-4 win-loss card this season lacks a legitimate small forward and Rich might just be perfect to fill the position. I think Rich is an active defender. He has the height and speed to keep up with speedy forwards in league. Rich reunites with former Barako-mates Topex Robinson, Enrico Villanueva, and Paolo Bugia. This reunion is a hidden advantage. This four players can inject something new to Purefoods.
I expect Purefoods to start string some wins from here on. Rich might just be the missing puzzle.
My shot: This is definitely a positive move on the part of Purefoods. Rich can provide defensive intensity and energy just like what Pingris used to provide for Purefoods. I just hope he can stay healthy and improve on his offense. I think he's worth Purefoods' 2011 1st round draft pick. On the Red Bull side, I just don't know what the management is up to. I guess they're cooking something big for next year.
*With the addition of Rich Alvarez, Purefoods also acquire a new celebrity fan in singer Kyla, Rich's girlfriend. hehehehe
2k Sports is out to show EA how it's done. I've tried and tested (ok, piracy!) this one. It's certainly worth the download.
1. Unrar files.
2. Unrar rld-nbk9.
3. Burn or mount iso file.
4. Run exe file, install.
5. Game time!
I have a lot to say about this game but I'd save it for future posts. One thing that I'll mention now is that this game cannot be played via LAN. *sigh.
I was lucky enough to watch the three opening games of the new season of the NBA. Good news is, Basketball TV or bTV is back over SkyCable channel 33.
Cleveland vs Boston : 85-90
This game was definitely a treat especially the fans of Celtics. It seems like every Celtic is in high spirits and overflowing confidence coming from last season's championship run. Kevin Garnett was not in his usual form, shooting wise while Paul Pierce was on target right from the tip-off. Tony Allen and Leon Powe provided energy and scoring from the bench. The two scored at least 10 points. It was an ugly game for King James fanatics because Lebron failed to play the hero's role at crunch time. He muffed crucial free throws. If I remember it right, he only made a single field goal in the fourth. I was impressed with Mo Williams. He provides the Cavs with speed and clutch shooting from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee vs Chicago : 95-108
Looks like Chicago's trade deals last season and rookie draft acquisitions will pay-off this season. The team had a very good debut against Milwaukee. First overall draft pick, Derick Rose showed he can play the starting point and alongside Kirk Hinrich. The rookie sensation was one assist shy of a double-double performance finishing with 11 points and 9 assists. He's not the flashy type of a player but he gets the job done as a point guard. Chicago's backcourt is now more reliable and it seems that the players have adjusted with the rotations. Before, playing time was an issue with Ben Gordon. Milwaukee on the other hand didn't have the spunk to compete against Chicago. They played flat. Michael Redd had 30 points while new recruit, Richard Jefferson finished with 15.
Portland vs Los Angeles (LAL) : 76 -96
After today's game, a lot of Portland fans are perhaps in dismay with center Greg Oden. Oden limped early in the first quarter. Looking at him, I think he really lacks the legs for his body and size. The game was an all LA show. Bright spot for Portland is Spaniard Rudy Fernandez. Just like what he did in the Olympics, Rudy displayed his beautiful touch from the outside and his basketball smarts.
The new season of the NBA is just few hours away. Opening day features three worth-watching games:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics | 8:00PM (ET)
Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls | 8:30PM (ET)
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers | 10:30PM (ET)
Hope I could watch the Cavs-Celtics game. I would love to see how Mo Williams play alongside Lebron James. The Lakers-Blazers match is also a good offering.
Coach Yeng Guiao, appointed head coach of the RP basketball squad will be announcing a 15 man roster in two weeks time. This is perhaps one of the most difficult task to do because this is where real work begins.
I'd like to formulate my own 15 man line-up and see if I can match Guiao's selection.
1. Dondon Hontiveros - SG
2. Asi Taulava - C
3. Kerby Raymundo - PF
4. Ranidel de Ocampo -PF
5. Gabe Norwood - SG/SF
6. Mark Caguioa -SG
7. Willi Miller - SG
8. Kelly Williams - SF
9. Arwind Santos -SF
10. Jimmy Alapag - PG
11. Jayjay Helterbrand - PG
12. Anthony Washington - SF/PF
13. Mick Pennisi - C
14. Dennis Miranda -PG
15. Sonny Thoss - C
My list is only composed of PBA players. We can anticipate Fil-Am recruits because they can definitely help the team in terms of size just like what the RP team got in Gabe Norwood this year. A notable recruit also is ex-Blue Eagle, Japeth Aguilar. Japeth, now listed at 6'10" is currently in the US NCAA Division 1 team, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. It would be very exciting to see this young, pure-blooded Filipino to play for our country.
Nintendo Wii is one of the enjoyable ways to get slim and fit. Now, I wonder how playing NBA live in Wii feels like.
I bumped in the 09 release of NBA Live for Wii. Here's some words from EA regarding the game - "Step onto the court and into the fun with a unique basketball experience designed exclusively for the Wii. NBA Live 09 All-Play offers more action, more often, with an over-the-top basketball experience designed with everyone in mind. Improved responsiveness and more control options make this game easier and more fun to play than ever before."
Wish I could shop for one. By the way, Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo. A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Another distinctive feature of the console is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode.
Kinda of topic but I'd like to mention that I am currently downloading files for NBA Live 2k9, PC version. Yep Yep.
I was planning to watch the delayed telecast of the out of town game featuring Rain or Shine against Purefoods. Two teams on a slump. However, upon hearing that Purefoods once again failed to snatch a win, I've changed my plans.
Here's the news update from www.gmanews.tv:
Rain or Shine overcame a slow start behind a strong finishing kick as it edged out Purefoods in overtime, 88-84, to snap its losing skid in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup Thursday night at the Olivarez College gym in Paranaque.
Back-up guard Don Dulay drained a big three-pointer with 76 seconds left in the extra period to break the game’s final deadlock and put the Elasto Painters on top for good, 86-83.
Kerby Raymundo split his free throws to make it a two-point game, but the Giants bungled two potential-game winning plays as Chico Lanete and James Yap missed successive three-point shots, allowing Rain or Shine to escape with the hard-earned win.
Jay-R Reyes had 23 points to pace the Elasto Painters, whose two-game losing streak came to an end and improved to 3-2.
Gabe Norwood added 18, Sol Mercado 17 while Dulay 11, including the two free throws that sealed the game in the final five seconds.
Peter June Simon topscored with 23 markers in another losing cause for the Giants, who suffered their fourth straight setback to join the Coca-Cola Tigers down the cellar with a 1-4 card.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Purefoods which opened up the game with a big 15-0 run following a blazing start that caught Rain or Shine by surprise.
But Reyes and Mercado led a big Elasto Painters comeback in the second half. A pressure-packed three-pointer by the Rain or Shine rookie with 34 seconds to go in regulation put the team in front, 79-77.
James Yap sank two free throws with 25 seconds to tie the game at 79.
The Giants had a chance to win it in regulation after Wainwright bungled the Elasto Painters’ final play by committing a traveling violation.
But without a timeout left, Purefoods failed to convert, paving the way for the overtime. – GMANews.TV
Purefoods fans we'll even be more dismayed. Movements to oust coach Ryan Gregorio will certainly be louder.
"Not once but twice!" Cool-cat Mike Cortez is once again sidelined because of no less than ACL injury on his right knee. He'll be out for six months. Recall that he suffered the same injury on his left knee while with Alaska Milk back in 2006.
I saw it when Cortez went down to the floor holding his knee. I thought it wasn't that bad since he was able to stand-up and walk. This is really a bad news for the fans of Mike Cortez. His being injury-prone was a big issue when he was shipped to SMB.
ACL or anterior cruciate ligament injury is extreme stretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. A tear may be partial or complete.
ACL may occur from coming to a quick stop with a directional change while running, pivoting, landing, or overextending the joint in either direction
The future certainly looks shiny for Rain or Shine. They may not instantly be a title contender this season, some more additions in their roster plus experience, they'll surely get there.
For the Purefoods fans, here's a list of their games for the KFC All Filipino Cup!
PUREFOODS' SCHEDULE of GAMES (for the year 2008)
Oct 8 – Wednesday ARANETA COLISEUM
5:00 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Red Bull Barakos
7:30 p.m. Barangay Ginebra Kings vs. Sta. Lucia Realtors
Oct 10 – Friday CUNETA ASTRODOME
5:00 p.m. Red Bull Barakos vs.Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
7:30 p.m.San Miguel Beermen vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Oct 15 – Wednesday ARANETA COLISEUM
5:00 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Coca-Cola Tigers
7:30 p.m. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs. San Miguel Beermen
Oct 18 – Saturday PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte
5:00 p.m. Sta. Lucia Realtors vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Oct 23 – Thursday OLIVAREZ COLLEGE GYM
3:00 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Oct 26 – Sunday ARANETA COLISEUM
4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs. Coca-Cola Tigers
6:30 p.m. Barangay Ginebra Kings vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Oct 31 – Friday ARANETA COLISEUM
5:00 p.m. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters vs. Rain or Shine Elasto
7:30 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Air21 Express
Nov 07 – Friday CUNETA ASTRODOME
5:00 p.m. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
7:30 p.m. Alaska Aces vs. Sta. Lucia Realtors
Nov 09 – Sunday ARANETA COLISEUM
4:00 p.m. Sta. Lucia Realtors vs. Red Bull Barakos
6:30 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Alaska Aces
Nov 13 – Thursday YNARES SPORTS ARENA (Pasig)
3:00 p.m. Red Bull Barakos vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Nov 16 – Sunday CUNETA ASTRODOME
4:00 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Barangay Ginebra Kings
6:30 p.m. Air21 Express vs. Red Bull Barakos
Nov 22 – Saturday SAN JUAN ARENA
2:30 p.m. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
5:00 P.M. Air21 Express vs. Coca-Cola Tigers
Nov 26 – Wednesday CUNETA ASTRODOME
5:00 p.m. Red Bull Barakos vs. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
7:30 p.m. San Miguel Beermen vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Nov 29 – Saturday TACLOBAN CITY
5:00 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Air21 Express
Dec 05 – Friday YNARES CENTER
5:00 p.m. Air21 Express vs. Barangay Ginebra Kings
7:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Tigers vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Dec 12 – Friday YNARES CENTER
5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
Dec 17 – Wednesday ARANETA COLISEUM
5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs. Barangay Ginebra Kings
7:30 p.m. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS vs. Sta. Lucia Realtors
Dec 19 – Friday YNARES CENTER
5:00 p.m. Alaska Aces vs. PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS
7:30 p.m. Air21 Express vs. Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
I was able to watch the pre-season game of the Phoenix Suns playing against Denver Nuggets. Hoping to see impressive rookies, 7 footer Robin Lopez caught my attention. The 15th overall pick takes the role as the back-up center for the aging Shaquille O'neal.
A product of Stanford University, Robin Lopez is not as athletic and skilled as his twin brother Brooke Lopez. Nevertheless, Robin has the potentials to make a name in the big league. I was impress with his timing on going up for blocks. He definitely has the wing span to block or at least intimidate shots down low. He is a good post defender. He's not a scoring machine but he makes a living on put backs, drop passes, and from garbage plays. The big guy can also run up and down the court, something that O'neal has passed up already.
Denver playing without Melo and AI won the game, 77-72. Robin Lopez had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 7 blocks. The young center still has a lot to improve. But definitely he's an asset to Phoenix. He'll get better as the season progresses.
Wednesday, 15th of October, undefeated Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will collide with the San Miguel Beermen. After two impressive wins by Rain or Shine, the team has certainly earned respect and attention of the media, fans, and the PBA community.
Gabe Norwood and Solomon Mercado have proven their worth in the PBA after leading their team to consecutive wins against Red Bull and Air21 Express. San Miguel meanwhile has bounced back from a sour loss to Sta. Lucia beating Purefoods in their second outing. SMB, despite giving up 3rd pick Jason Castro to TnT seems to found a gem in 8th pick, Bonbon Custodio. The 6 foot guard from the University of the East showed brilliance in the team's first two games.
Norwood-Seigle match-up is certainly something to look forward to. Norwood maybe too skinny for Danny Seigle but he can certainly sky with Seigle. Solomon Mercado's offense will also be put to test against the pesky guards of Beermen like Dondon Hontiveros.
Catch the game live at the Araneta Coliseum or watch on you TV sets via Solar Sports on CS9.
|Seat Location|| |
(Wed & Fri)
( Sun )
|Patron B/Lower Box A||400||430|
|Lower Box B||350||365|
|Patron C/Lower Box C||300||330|
|Upper Box A||90||100|
|Upper Box B||25||30|
These are the ticket rates for watching the PBA live at the Araneta Coliseum. If you noticed, ticket price is higher during Sunday games just like the NFL Sunday Ticket. I would love to watch PBA games live. If I'd be in Manila, I will surely spend some penny to watch in the Big Dome. With sensational rookies like Sol Mercado, Gabe Norwood, Jared Dillinger, Jason Castro and many more, the PBA has become more appealing to the basketball fanatics.
I think it would be good to look at the possibilty of establishing a PBA TV. A channel that would air only PBA games, current and classic games and include PBA-related programs. It would be like Basketball TV and NFL TV. Flexible packages must be offered in order to make it attractive to the viewers. I've learned that NFL TV Package offers a wide variation of rates for the subscribers to choose from.
Meanwhile, I have to mention that Solar Sports over CS9 is doing a good job in covering the PBA games. True to what they promised, they gave the PBA a new look and feel in terms of the coverage. However, in some PBA forums, there are negative reactions to the commentators for being to strict in speaking english.
Looks like that's how it's going to be...
Earlier this year, EA Sports announced that it will not be producing a PC version for the much awaited NBA Live 2009. *sigh! Now as the official release date for the Xbox360 is near, there's still no signs of good news for NBA Live fanatics (PC) like me.
"IGN: Will there be any further EA Sports games on the PC?
Peter Moore: We're doing two this year – we're doing FIFA and we're doing NHL. For business reasons they're very viable. FIFA in particular, because it's a strong business – and console penetration where soccer is powerful – which of course, is everywhere – is weak sometimes, and people have PCs. I can go to my dev team and I can look at the numbers and say it's worth investing millions of dollars to create the PC version of FIFA. Same with NHL, particularly if you're pushing into Eastern Europe and into Russia where we're doing a lot of investment with our hockey franchise. But there are others where we're just losing money. And I reserve the right not to lose money. And my team – as you know, in any job if you do well you get more compensation. It's a difficult conversation to have – am I going to go develop for the PC where, by the way, we're going to lose money and not make a bonus. How do you think about that? It's not fair to these guys. And piracy's an issue – there's not enough sales to justify it, and we do just about every other platform. If you want console, you want your DS, your Wii experience – which takes a team now because you need a brand new Wii experience – eventually you run out of resources and you say we're just not selling enough on the PC and you make a very hard business decision. And then you have this very unique conversation going on now on the blog. I'm trying to think if this has ever happened in our industry where I state my case. It's entertaining and people want me dead, or hung, drawn and quartered."
5th overall draft pick, Solomon Mercado outshined this year's 1st overall pick Gabe Norwood in their debut in the pro league against Air21 Express. Mercado sizzled for 29 points, converting 5/10 from the rainbow country. Norwood managed just 6 markers going 2/8 from the field. Nevertheless, the Elasto Painters crushed the Express, 120-102
The bulky guard who was originally drafted by Alaska landed on Rain or Shine via the Joe Devance trade showed speed and range in his first game. He can play the 1 and 2 positions. Plus, I thought his defense was superb. But the most notable about his game is his ability to slash into the paint and finish strong. He's an effective one-on-one player. He uses his lightning quick crossover to leave his defender and uses his upper body strength to surpass incoming defenders. He also has the energy on and off the court that seems to channel to his teammates. That makes him more valuable. Definitely the Elasto Painters got a bright color in this rookie.
|Birthdate :|| ||Position :||Shooting Guard|
|Birthplace :|| ||College :||Biola University|
|Height :||6-1||Weight :||200|
|Team :||Rain or Shine||Drafted :||2008: 5th overall by Alaska|
I'm hoping Rain or Shine can manage to add a big men to its current roster. Perhaps they can look up for trade options with San Miguel Beermen.
Meanwhile, other rookies who were impressive scoring wise in their debut were Jarred Dillinger of Talk n Text who scored 15 points on a win against Coca-Cola and Bonbon Custodio who had 14 points for San Miguel losing to Alaska.
Note: Mercado's 29 points is the highest debut output by a rookie since Asi Taulava had 32 for Talk 'N Text in 1999 against Tanduay.
Men's Seniors Basketball
San Beda College - Champion
Jose Rizal University - 1st runner-up
Men's Juniors Basketball
San Sebastian - Champion
Colegio de San Juan de Letran - 1st runner-up
Men's Seniors Basketball
Ateneo de Manila University - Champion
De La Salle University- 1st runner-up
Men's Juniors Basketball
Ateneao de Manila University - Champion
Far Eastern University - 1st runner-up
For PBA fanatics, I tried out this very entertaining mode for NBA Live 2008 - the PBA Live 2008. With a working NBA Live 2008 installed, just add a patch and you'll be able to play the game PBA-style.
If you wanna give it a try, click here
Behind 23,000 ++ souls in Araneta Coliseum, the Ateneo Blue Eagles proved that they are the number one team in the UAAP today, beating De La Salle University 69-61.
To sum it up, gamestory would simply be dominance for the Eagles and sour shooting for the Archers. Rabeh Al Hussaini played tight in the early going but went on a rampage in the second half. Rookie Ryan Buenafe lead the Eagles in the first half with Cris Tiu playing only 8 minutes due to two personal fouls in the first quarter. Jai Reyes also played well ending the first half with a three-point shot stretching the lead to six. The Eagles never looked back since then.
La Salle missed wide-open looks, actually went 3-18 from the rainbow country. They could not control Rabeh's scoring inside-out. Jayvee Casio had decent numbers but didn't really had much fireworks.
Everything could come to an end this Thursday, Sept. 25. I expect DLSU to bounce back come game 2 but I wouldn't be surprised if Ateneo will get the crown by then.
The UAAP seniors men's basketball will surely close-out with a bang as the stage is set for the Finals showdown between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. The best of three finals will start this Sunday, 21st of September.
DLSU eliminated the Tamaraws while last year's runner-up UE Red Warriors was smashed by ADMU. The Archers are very much eager to get back on the Blue Eagles as they have yet to beat the Eagles in two meetings this season.
The Aces boosted its frontline by acquiring Ervin Sotto who was released by Air21 Express. Sotto a 6'5" center is expected to aid Sonny Thoss in the slot. Another bigman snatched by the Aces is last year's overall top pick, Joe Calvin Devance. Devance landed to the Aces in exchange for Alaska's 5th overall pick in this year's draft, Solomon Mercado. Eddie Laure and Welcoat's 2nd round pick next year seals the deal.
New players: Ervin Sotto(from AE), Kelvin dela Pena(R)
The biggest buzz in the Air21 camp is regarding the comeback of Big J, Sonny Jaworski. The management expressed their will on tapping the legendary "Jawo" to coach the team. Coach Bo Perasol meanwhile, is on leave even if the team has started its regular trainings for the up coming season. This is to allow negotiations to push through. The Express released Ervin Sotto and traded Gaby Espinas to the Red Bull Barakos. Their drafted rookies took the slots of the two.
New players: Mark Borboran (R), Cholo Villanueva (R)
Barangay Ginebra Kings
The Fiesta Cup champions is one of the two teams with no draft picks this year (together with Coca Cola). The Gin Kings is keeping its cluster tight. The team claims that it has been trying to reach Rudy Hatfield who filed a leave of absence several years ago.
New players: None
Magnolia Beverage Masters
The team surprised everyone during the 2008 Annual Draft at Market Market Taguig. The team traded its 3rd overall draft pick to Talk and Text for forward Jay Washington. The management decided in the bold move because Danny Ildefonso is on the injured list. He is expected to miss half or the entire All Filipino Cup. Rumors speak that the team is cooking several trades to release some of their wingmen. But before that, the team makes a bang by acquiring center Mick Pennisi from the Barakos in exchange for future draft picks. How about that?! (referring to Red Bull trading the last piece the team's core). Pennisi will fill in the slot of Samigue Eman who is reported to be in the injured list. If there's one team in the world who never wants a weak spot in all positions, it's gotta be Magnolia!
New players: Bonbon Custodio (R), Jay Washington (from TnT) Mick Pennisi (from RB)
Purefoods TJ Giants
The Giants is expected to regain their All Filipino Cup supremacy behind the guns of former MVP James Yap, 6th man awardee Peter June Simon and team captain Kerby Raymundo. To boost its chances, the Giants has five new faces on its roster- rookies Beau Belga, Jonathan Fernandez and rookie free agent Chad Alonzo. They also got former Alaska wingman Aaron Aban, and Red Bull's point guard Topex Robinson.
New players: Beau Belga (R), Jonathan Fernandez (R), Chad Alonzo (R/FA), Aaron Aban (FA)
This ends the first part of my PBA Teams: Player Movement. Part two coming very soon.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters is the first to make noise after Draft Day. Sophamore and 2007-2008 no. 1 draft pick Joe Calvin Devance was dealt to Alaska for rookie guard Solomon Mercado and veteran Eddie Laure. The Aces also grabs the 2009 2nd round draft rights of the Elasto Painters. The 5th overall pick in this year's draft, Solomon Mercado strengthens the backcourt of Rain or Shine. However, with the exit of Devance, the team has a very slim frontline. Eddie Laure tries to play big throughout his career but he's a thin 6'3" forward.
Obviously Rain or Shine wanted backcourt stability with this trade and the acquisition of spitfire guard TY Tang and of course 1st overall pick, Gabe Norwood. I expect the team to get 2-3 players in the free agency market. They certainly need an added body to help Jay-R Reyes in the middle.
My shot: I was surprised upon knowing this trade or make that upon knowing that Rain or Shine got Mercado and veteran Laure. I expected Devance to be in the block this off-season simply because he failed to gel with the Welcoat squad. Yes, he provides points but it was very obvious that he was not in the thick of things with the team. He seemed like a stranger to the team, so to speak. Lastly, he is the only bait Rain or Shine has. However, I thought the team could have fished for bigger names than Mercado and Laure. Well, this trade can only be spelled when the season begins. If Mercado is as good as advertised and Laure is able to play quality minutes, then this is Rain or Shine's first clever trade.
Here's the dumb trade: This trade brings back my dismay to the Belasco-Isip trade. Welcoat shipped reliable veteran Nic Belasco despite his exceptional performance (led Welcoat and the league in rebounding) for young, soft forward Marc Isip. All for the reason of wanting to surround Jay-R Reyes with young blood. And now, they're happy with Eddie Laure-
On the flip-side, nothing much to say for Alaska. It's all gain for them. With Tenorio and rookie dela Pena, they didn't really need Mercado. Tim Cone however admits that it was an agonizing decision because he believes in Mercado saying he'll be a great player down the line. Laure on the other hand is a bench mob. With the entry of Joe Devance, they have a reliable offensive weapon in the forward positions (3-4). Plus, Joe can run. I'm sure he's a fit in Tim Cone's triangle offense because he has the shooting hands. 6'9" Eric Canlas is also reported to suit up for Alaska this season. The Aces are all business in boosting it's frontline.
Tenorio-Miller-Dela Cruz-Devance-Thoss looks good to me. *wink!
Live blog on the PBA 2008 Rookie Draft Live at Market Market Taguig.
1. Gabe Norwood (Welcoat)
2. Jared Dillinger (TNT)
3. Jason Castro (TNT - Rights given by MBM)
4. Rob Reyes (TNT)
5. Solomon Mercado (Alaska)
6. Mark Borboran (Air21)
7. Beau Belga (Purefoods)
8. Bonbon Custudio (Magnolia)
9. Larry Rodriguez (Red Bull)
10. Kelvin Gregorio (Sta. Lucia)
11. Pong Escobal (TNT)
12. Ty Tang (Rain or Shine)
13. Cholo Villanueva (Air21)
14. Chito Jaime (Sta. Lucia)
15. Kelvin dela Pena(Alaska)
16. Jonathan Fernandez (Purefoods)
17. Jeff Chan (Red Bull)
18. Mark Cuevas (Red Bull)
19. -- passed**(Red Bull)
20. Christian Cabatu(Sta. Lucia)
END OF DRAFT
1. ABAD, Juan Luis G - College of St. Benilde
2. BELGA, Beau C 6-5 Philippine Christian University
3. BONUS, Lawrence C 6-7 University of Manila
4. BORBORAN, Mark G 6-3 University of the East
5. CABAHUG, Patrick G 6-2 Adamson University
6. CABATU, Christian C 6-5 College of St. Benilde
7. CASTRO, Jason G 5-10 Philippine Christian University
8. CATIGAN, Andrew G 5-11 Langara College
9. CHAN, Jeffrey G 6-2 Far Eastern University
10. COCHING, Jan Anthony G 6-1 College of St. Benilde
11. CONCHA, Dennis F 6-3 -
12. CRUZ, Nathaniel F 6-5 Mapua Institute of Technology
13. CUEVAS, Mark Anthony C 6-6 Los Angeles County College
14. CUNANAN, Rene G 6-0 Jose Rizal University
15. CUSTODIO, Bonifacio G 5-11 University of the East
16. DALAFU, Kevin G 6-1 Vanguard University
17. DAVID, Nestor F 6-3 University of the Philippines
18. DELA PENA, Kelvin Charles G 6-0 Mapua Institute of Technology
19. DILLINGER, Jared G 6-5 University of Hawaii
20. DIZON, Michael F 6-4 Florida College
21. ESCOBAL, John Paul G 6-0 San Beda College
22. ESPIRITU, Anthony F 6-4 Univeristy of Santo Tomas
23. FERNANDEZ, Jonathan G 6-2 National University
24. GONZALES, Michael G 5-9 San Sebastian College
25. GREGORIO, Kelvin F 6-4 University of the East
26. JAIME, Chito F 6-2 AMA Computer University
27. JUNIO, Ismael G 6-0 Letran College
28. KIRAM, Nizar F 6-5 St. Francis of Assisi
29. MELOCOTON, Ferdinand G 6-1 Emilio Aguinaldo College
30. MERCADO, Solomon G 6-0 Biola University
31. NAILON, Franklyn F 6-5 University of Cebu
32. NATIVIDAD, Ricky C 6-5 Philippine School of Bus. Admin.
33. NAVARRO, Lei Mar F 6-3 Philippine Christian Univesity
34. NORWOOD, Gabriel Daniel G 6-5 George Mason University
35. RAYMUNDO, Angelus C 6-5 San Beda College
36. REGALADO, Ryan G 5-10 University of Manila
37. REYES, Robert F 6-6 Flagler College
38. REYES, Unik Christian F 6-3 College of Saint Benilde
39. RODRIGUEZ, Larry F 6-4 Philippine Maritime Institute
40. SAGUINDEL, Earn G 5-8 University of the East
41. SALDUA, Eder John G 6-3 U. of Mindanao / Far Eastern U.
42. TANG, Tyrone G 5-8 De La Salle University
43. VILLANUEVA, Pocholo G 6-0 De La Salle University
44. YEE, Mark F 6-3 San Sebastian - Cavite
45. YU, Eian G 5-7 University of California – L.A
After a stellar performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Hamed Haddadi will finally make it to the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies signed the 7-2 Iranian center. Haddadi is the only player to average double-double (points and rebounds) during the summer games. He also played well during the stint of the Iranian national team in the US just before the olympics.
“We are pleased to sign Hamed,” said Chris Wallace, the Grizzles GM. “He is a young center who was very productive as a rebounder, shotblocker and scorer at the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2008 Olympics and the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in Nanjing, China prior to the Olympics. Our coaching staff is eager to begin working with Hamed.”
My shot: I have seen Haddadi play and I think he deserves to play in the NBA. He is not as athletic as Yao Ming but he has a soft touch. Aside from being exceptional at the basicsWhat's good about him is he is a team player. His down side would be his speed and agility. At 7-2, 254-pound and 23 years of age, this kid is full of potential. I hope the Grizzlies will provide a good training and development core for Haddadi. Looks like he'll get the ample playing time with Memphis. The team does not have dominating center (only Marc Gasol, Darko Milicic) and so this Iranian will surely have a chance to shine.
Perhaps one of the hardest fought gold medal fight in the history of men's basketball in the Olympics, USA takes the gold medal and supremacy with a 118-107. Spain didn't hand over the game without a fight, a good fight at that. The game was close all the way although the Americans stayed ahead most of the game.
Lebron James and crowd favorite Kobe Bryant had quick two fouls in the first quarter making way for the early entry of Deron Williams and revitalized Dwyane Wade. Wade errupted for 21 points in the first half. Kobe Bryant proved once again that he plays even bigger when the game is on the line. He poured 13 his 20 points and had two crucial assists in the fourth.
Congrats to team USA. Spain and defending champion Argentina settled for silver and bronze medal respectively.
The 2008 USA Men's Basketball Roster
Dwight Howard* (C)
Carlos Bosh (C)
Carlos Boozer (F)
Carmelo Anthony* (F)
Tayshaun Prince (F)
Lebron James* (F)
Kobe Bryant* (G/F)
Michael Redd (G)
Dwyane Wade (G/F)
Deron Williams (G)
Chris Paul (G)
Jason Kidd* (G)
Head Coach- Mike Krzyzewski
The 2008 PBA Rookie Draft will be held on Aug. 31 at the Market! Market! Activity Center in Taguig City. The new home of the PBA, Solar Sports will air the said event at 7pm at CS-RPN channel.
1st ROUND DRAFT ORDER
1. Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat Paints)
2. Talk N Text
4. Talk N Text
9. Barangay Ginebra
10. Sta. Lucia Realty
A total of 48 hopefuls will be begging for their names to be called. This year's draft class is headed by RP guard Gabe Norwood, University of Hawaii standout Jared Dillinger, guards Sol Mercado and Kevin Dalafu, and 6 foot 5 Rob Reyes.
My shot: Looking at the draft class, it's definitely not that deep especially in terms of big men. I believe only a few from this batch will be drafted. Teams might even pass out already come 2nd round.
This is perhaps one of the effective ways to stop Lebron James from getting a lay-up or worse a dunk. This strong, athletic, skilled, and determined guard-forward-center is just unbelievable. He gets to the basket at will. If he vastly improves his outside shooting, he'll definitely be better than MJ.
Nike has once again proven its supremacy in terms of athletic wear globally. The current 2008 Beijing Olympics is a testament to how huge Nike has been. Their Hyperdunk Olympic series scheme was definitely a hit. Now every baller longs to have a pair of Hyperdunk of his own. Looking at the shoe itself, it's very simple in terms of looks and design. Not as flashy as other models. What I like most about this is its weight. It's so light for the feet.
In fact it is considered as the worlds lightest and strongest basketball shoe. The Nike Hyperdunk weighs in at only 13.0 ounces. That is 18% lighter than the average Nike basketball shoe.
Here are some of my favorites:
Costs around $135-140.00 (USD), or around 6,000.00 pesos, it's worth it! Wish I could have one. Any sponsors? :D
NBA.com: First off, what were you impressions of the game against Greece this morning? Obviously, a different outcome from two years ago…
Chuck Daly: Well I think, as stated by some of the players, this game has been on their calendar. They knew that this is the team that had defeated USA in the previous World Championships, and I think they were ready for the challenge, to say the least.
NBA.com: What were some of the things that kind of jumped out to you watching the game this morning?
Chuck Daly: Well, the No. 1 thing is their defense, they are ferocious defensively. They do a lot more trapping. And secondly, you’re going to have a hard time getting shots off inside. I know that a lot of people were concerned about the lack of size. But there’s size there, you can bring in [Chris] Bosh and guys like LeBron James playing 6’7” height-wise, but they probably play closer to 6’10” or 6’11”. Getting a shot off inside is extremely difficult, so consequently they get a lot of blocked shots and run-outs, they get a lot of steals – run-outs. And a team to really challenge is going to have to have tremendous ball-handlers and great patience.
NBA.com: When you look at this team what strikes you as the real strength of this team?
Chuck Daly: Their overall athleticism and their attitude.
NBA.com: Where are they vulnerable in the international game?
Chuck Daly: I don’t think they are. I know that everybody keeps preaching it, I hear it on TV that, “Well wait ’til, wait ’til we reach so-and-so, wait ’til we reach so-and-so.”
I don’t think this team is vulnerable because they’ve been set up differently by
NBA.com: Three-point shooting doesn’t concern you, especially with the shorter three-point line?
Chuck Daly: That comes and goes with anybody.
NBA.com: Who has stood out in your mind? Dwyane Wade is speaking volumes with his play off the bench …
Chuck Daly: Well, he’s not a bench player, I mean, he’s one of our premier players, certainly. He’s coming off injuries, but you know, I mean he pretty much carried Miami to a championship several years ago, scoring well into the 30s and 40s. He’s a brilliant player, and we have a lot of them: Carmelo (Anthony), LeBron, Chris Paul, everybody kind of steps up a little bit differently depending on what the game is. And what’s happened is, because Mike [Krzyzewski] has been together with these people for so long, he now understands their games. When you put together in a short period of time, you don’t understand much about what their game is, so he can plug them in accordingly.
NBA.com: From someone whose been on the hot seat coaching NBA players in the Olympics, what is Coack K going through in terms of his goal of delivering on the enormous expectations?
Chuck Daly: Well I think down deep he’s very confident. But there’s always the apprehension. And you can see it, there’s a small spot on his left cheek that gets very red during the game, and that indicates to me he’s feeling some kind of anticipation, apprehension, whatever you want to call it. Because, you know, you’re not supposed to lose in this position. And I told our players in ’92, “There’s two islands off the coast there of Barcelona,” I said, “One is a swinging place, the other has a lot of caves, high wind, high suicide rate. If we don’t win this thing, we won’t be able to go Majorca, we’ll go to Minorca, and we won’t be able to return to the United States, I can tell you that.”
NBA.com: When people stop you on the street and want to talk about the Dream Team, what’s the one thing people like to ask you about?
Chuck Daly: The mystique of it. To bring all of those superstars in our profession together would be like taking about five rock groups, the Beatles, et cetera, and traveling with them, in the basketball world, and the sports world. Six thousand journalists were there, it was, you know, it was an unusual situation and that’s what they talk about. And the way the players handled themselves. They handled themselves so well during those Olympics. They went to other venues; they mingled with the other athletes. We didn’t necessarily stay at the village, but it really was impossible with the size of the people we had – and security.
NBA.com: You never called a timeout in the ’92 Games. Is that even possible in the international game right now for the U.S.?
Chuck Daly: No, I wouldn’t think that that would be the case. In my own mind, we played at 10:30 every night, every other night, and I wanted to make sure we got back to get something to eat before they closed down the kitchen. I don’t know, they probably kept it open (laughs), but, I just kind of made an off-hand thought to myself, “Why are we calling timeouts?”
And I didn’t. I was only tempted one time against Croatia, and didn’t do it, and got through it without one, but I don’t think that should be, or is the case today. I know one thing, I lost a lot of exposure and a lot of money, and I’m still pretty upset about that.
NBA.com: How so?
Chuck Daly: Well you get that television exposure; you get a lot more ads. Krzyzewski, with these timeouts, is going to get a lot of new ads. Some pennies in his pocket.
NBA.com: What is the biggest difference from ’92 to 2008 in terms of the over all international game?
Chuck Daly: Well there’s several things. One, shortly after the ’92 Games, I did a book, a diary, and I kind of predicted what was going to happen. When the Dream Team was shown to 180 countries I knew it would enhance basketball everywhere, and it has. I mean 300 million people playing basketball in China? Come on! Who would ever believe that? So the sport has this glamour that goes around the world. The difference is that, the teams at that time, in ’92, we might have had one or two foreign players in the league. Now we have anywhere from 75 to 90 on a given year. And it’s lost its mystique for them, it’s mystery. They play in our league; they know these guys, so they don’t have any fear, so to speak, of our teams.
Secondly, all of our coaches, from, you know the Massimino’s, the Dalys and the Van Gundys and the Fratellos and all these people traveled around the world giving clinics and you know explaining it, and teaching basketball. And the Europeans have their own take on it. Theirs is a drive-and-kick game, which is now a big part of our game in this country. And so, there are no mysteries, and it’s just a case of them developing their skills and their fundamentals.
NBA.com: Look ahead to Saturday’s U.S. game against Spain, which features seven NBA players, the most outside of the U.S. team. …
Chuck Daly: Well this should be THE game, unless they meet again later on, which they very well might. I think our guys will be very focused, and I think Spain will have to depend on their ball handling, and their ball handling has to be very precise in order to overcome the pressure. I think that everyone is looking to it, and see if they’re the team with the most experience, the most talent, and see what our forces can do against them.
NBA.com: Is there a difference in elation in winning an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal?
Chuck Daly: Yeah, there’s a different elation. In a lot of instances we’re expected to do that sort of thing with the type of personnel we’re presented with in the Olympics. The other’s a long, hard process. Sometimes, it takes years to develop and when you take a group and go four, five, six years and finally win a title, that’s pretty special.Source: http://www.nba.com/features/chuck_daly_oly_20080814.html
Scores in 8 games:
USA vs. Angola- 116-48 : USA vs. Croatia- 103-70 : USA vs. Germany- 11-68 :
USA vs. Brazil- 127-83 : USA vs. Spain- 122-81 : USA vs. Puerto Rico- 115-77
USA vs. Lithuania- 127-76 : USA vs. Croatia- 117-85
Shaquille O'neal coined him as "The Flash" but such name failed to marked on the minds of Wade's fans, and perhaps even to Dwyane. Smothered with injuries resulting to a miserable NBA season, Wade is back big time.
Among the players in the current TEAM USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Dwyane Wade has been the most impressive. I think everyone is just glad to see the 6-4 spitfire guard playing to his potential. His quickness is quicker, elevation is higher, shooting is sweeter, defense is tighter, just a better Dwyane Wade coming off the bench for the so called Redeem Team. Despite playing off the bench, he is the team's leading scorer after two games. With thunderous-acrobatic jams, lightning quick drives, active defense, and all net jump-shots, D. Wade is playing in full gear.
Dwyane Wade is one of my personal favorites in the NBA today. What he showed in Miami's championship series against Dallas was simply remarkable. Now, with a healthier and much improved Wade, Miami can definitely flip their fortunes from last season. Wade will certainly carry the team on his stronger shoulders. I just hope no more injuries for this very tremendous player.
9:00 a.m. Russia - Iran
11:15 a.m. Germany - Angola
2:30 p.m. Spain - Greece
4:45 p.m. Lithuania - Argentina
8:00 p.m. Australia - Croatia
10:15 p.m. USA - China
9:00 a.m. Iran - Lithuania
11:15 a.m. Croatia - Russia
2:30 p.m. Greece - Germany
4:45 p.m. China - Spain
8:00 p.m. Angola - USA
10:15 p.m. Argentina - Australia
9:00 a.m. Germany - Spain
11:15 a.m. Australia - Iran
2:30 p.m. Angola - China
4:45 p.m. Lithuania - Russia
8:00 p.m. USA - Greece
10:15 p.m. Argentina - Croatia
9:00 a.m. Greece - Angola
11:15 a.m. Russia - Australia
2:30 p.m. Croatia - Lithuania
4:45 p.m. Iran - Argentina
8:00 p.m. China - Germany
10:15 p.m. Spain - USA
9:00 a.m. Iran - Croatia
11:15 a.m. Australia - Lithuania
2:30 p.m. Greece - China
4:45 p.m. Angola - Spain
8:00 p.m. USA - Germany
10:15 p.m. Argentina - Russia
The quarterfinals will be held on the 20th of August. Semis at 22nd and the Finals at:
12:00 p.m Bronze Medal Game
2:30 p.m. Gold Medal Game
Good luck to all teams! May the best and most deserving team win!
Despite a flawless standing during their tune-up games in China, the "Redeem Team" is still unable to win the trust and confidence of critics with regards to the team's capability to snatch the Olympic gold and world supremacy in basketball.
Looking at their games, team USA has an extremely talented lineup especially in the backcourt. This is a deadly team when it can runs at will. It was very evident in their game against Australia and Russia that slowing them down is a vital key to beat this power house.
Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and the comebacking Dwayne Wade will surely lead this team. Their first official game will be against host China on August 10.
After a rough start, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings took game 1 of the Smart PBA Fiesta Conference, 105-96. The Finals debut of Air21 had a stellar straight, able to erect a 10-0 lead to start off the game. But right after coach Jong called for a full time-out, the Kings went on a roll erasing the 10 point defecit and even snatching the lead. The Gin Kings never looked back since.
Ginebra played extremely tight defense translating to Air 21's sour shooting from the field. Gary David was tightly guarded. As coach Bo said, his team's defense is fueled by their offense. In game 1, when they loss their shooting touch their defense also struggled. Cris Alexander outplayed his counterpart, Steve Thomas. The Express settled for stugnant 1 on 1 plays mostly on Thomas posting Alexander.