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