As for me, my basketball New Yearâ€™s resolution…
- Get Solar Sports’ Basketball TV, by hoop, er, by hook or by crook.
- Stay away from watching NBA games covered by Chinese NBA carriers.
- Post at Hoops.Blink.Ph more and not be lazy.
- I vow not to use my Converse All-Star as my basketball shoes.
- Shoot hoops myself. Be it the gym, plaza, village court, court at Intel gilids, or even using my makeshift goal I installed at my loft.
- Watch PBA games that matter.
- Get to know more about Philippine amateur basketball circuit.
- Ignore annoying Philippine basketball politics.
- As much as possible write entries objectively. That is, write without bias to my favored teams and players. (Ginebra, Lakers, Kobe Etc.)
…Continued from here.
Here below are the resolutions and wishes of/for the PBA personalities.
Yeng Guiao – Coach vows not to stand-up again while coaching to delight of crowd behind the Red Bull bench. Now they can watch with no obstruction.
Frankie Lim – He promises to still protect his million-peso center, Asi Taulava, against the aggression of lowly center Sharma but will no longer engage Yeng Guiao in a Mano-Y-Mano.
Ryan Gregorio – Vows not to look at coliseum big screens once he’s on it. Read more
This is my year-end report.
Hmmmâ€¦ what to sayâ€¦
Here are the questions and my answers. Now you answer the things that you want to add.
Time to play the game!
1) The Philippine Team. Here are my picks for the Philippine selection.
WE NEED HEIGHT AND BRAWN!
1) Asi Taulava 2) Dorian Pena 3) Eric Menk 4) Romel Adducul
WE NEED PLAYMAKERS!
5) Jimmy Alapag 6) Jayjay Helterbrand
7) Renren Ritualo 8) Dondon Hontiveros
9) Danny Seigle 10) Kelly Williams
THEY MIGHT NOT FIT THE SYSTEM BUT THEY CAN PROVIDE THINGS
11) Mark Caguioa 12) Yancy de Ocampo
I still think that Romel Adducul is one of the best in terms of international play as testament to the previous encounters of the SMC-Philippine Team. And if one of does guys gets injured I must say that Rudy Hatfield, James Yap, Dennis Miranda, Sonny Thoss and Nic Belasco could prove as great alternates. Read more
If these two were actually people, we can say that they have some kind of secret romance.
Sure yeah, we have four teams trading players, management, and letâ€™s not hopeâ€¦ ballboys, but we know that they are sister teams.
So why is Air21 and TNT sharing their players like they are required by law or something?
Days after the PBA Board has approved trade restrictions, Yancy de Ocampo and Leo Avenido were traded to TNT for seldom-used rookies Abby Santos, Mark Andaya, and two picks in the next draft. For Santos, this is his fourth team since being tagged by Welcoat in this seasonâ€™s draft. After a falling out with the Dragons, he went to PBLâ€™s Cebuana Lhuiller at the start of the PBA season. He was then taken by TNT before the trade. Read more
A la Steve Kerr, let me do the PBA New Year’s resolutions and wishes.
Because I am well-entrenched in the inner circles of the PBA, I got texted, phoned, faxed, VoIP’ed, YM’ed, emailed, pmâ€™ed and whatnot by these PBA personalities and team representatives. They want their resolutions and wishes be known to mankind.
I am doing them I favor in getting these published.
Welcoat Dragons – In the coming year, aged one year older, the Dragons vow to use this tender maturity in building up their confidence so they could pull victories in close games. They dropped a couple of games because of inexperience.
Alaska Milk â€“ The whole team wishes a quick recovery for The Quick Cat, Mike Cortez.
Brgy. Ginebra Kings – After Hatfieldâ€™s pronouncement of “they’ll not settle for anything less than the championship” (likely, echoed in by his teammates), they now vow to demolish their semi-final protagonist and close out the finals the soonest. Read more
The actual Christmas day is almost over (exactly 3 hours to go as I start this entry) and I have decided to end my day with a basketball BANG!
Some hoops thoughts…
First of, since yesterday, I have been playing PS2 – NBA Live 2007. My fingers are hurting bad right now. Playing the Lakers the whole time with mainly Houston Rockets as my opponent. Where, the Rockets have a healthy Yao Ming and Tracy Mc Grady hooping and hopping. Very unlike in real life where the two are out of it as we speak. (More on this below…)
The highlight of my PlayingStation2 was when I created a 5-foot player dynamo, tagged it as center/power forward and supercharged its skills (shooting, intellect, dunking, defense, etc.) almost to perfection. The whole room got a whole lot of laughin when my player matched Yao Ming pound for pound. Or should I say, inch for inch. Try this, and enjoy as we did. By the way, I lazily named my player S.O. and inserted it to the Lakers.
Speaking of Lakers… Read more
One-sided trades, or those than seem hard to fathom, may now be a thing of the past in the PBA.
The PBA Board of Governors recently approved the passing of the Restricted Trading List or the so-called RTL in which teams can only trade their best players for each other.
Under the rule proposed by Commissioner Noli Eala, two marquee players from the 10 competing teams, based on their skills (statistical points), salaries, longevity (years of experience) and marketability, shall be listed under the RTL, which shall not include first-year players.
The RTL takes effect beginning January of 2007, but in the transition period that covers the remainder of the 2006-07 PBA Season, only one player per team will be named to the RTL. This will be increased to two per team when the Commissionerâ€™s Office comes out with the list for the 2007-08 Season a week after the 2007 PBA Annual Awards. Read More…
Note that, in case Ginebra wins this one, it will also give its sister team, San Miguel, an outright entry to the semis. How about that for an added motivation? Beating long time rival Red Bull PLUS a free ride for your sister.
Salvacion does one thing, that is, to shoot. Two three-point shots in 3 minutes.
Then, Sunday drove for a two. He says to me, eat that!
Caguioa averaging a career high 5 assists per game, feeds his teammate for a two. Me thinks, Caguioa is shooting for the league MVP in not shooting more. Read more
I was actually to answer SYDMAN 3-question primer via his post-reply then I started to make a long answer. And so, a separate entry was made. Thanks to SYDMAN for bringing this matter up. I’ll soon get to your 2 questions and leave some questions too for you and others to ponder.
To the story we go…
Not minding the squabble in the Philippine basketball politics, I made this entry. Itâ€™s futile but what the heck, let’s give it up.
I donâ€™t even read FIBA, PSC, PBA, POC, SBP, JE-COO (more popularly known as Jinggoy Estrada Committee Of One) news anymore. Itâ€™s just useless. Ubos na alphabet sa dami ng sports (non)governing bodies. Just look what they brought us. No Basketball in the ASIAD. No basketball for the Philippines for the first time since 1950. Thank you politicos. Just million thanks. You all deserve to go to basketball hell. Read more
Despite the absence of Yao Ming, who was allowed to stay in the United States with the Houston Rockets, China had the best of a lively encounter and their relentless attacks and tight defensive play proved too much for the Qataris.
China’s coach Jonas Kazlauskas praised his entire team but singled out Wang for his “unimaginable” talent.
“The final was a really good level of basketball, and how we beat our opponents was a really big success,” he told a news conference,
“We controlled the situation all the time, we played good defence, we made this win. I think this team can be stronger and better in the future.”…FULL STORY