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Monday, August 3, 2015

Gilas 3.0 Pool and My Final Roster Guess

The Gilas Pilipinas 'working pool', from where the final roster for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships will be selected, has finally been released after a long wait. And instead of 26 names, it has 18 players, 16 of which are from the Philippine Basketball Association. So let's take a look at the pool and my guesses as to who would make the final cut.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Unwillingness To Lend Players To Gilas A Form of Silent Protest Against MVP?

The old ghosts of the past may be haunting Philippine basketball once again. Roughly two months before the FIBA Asia Championships in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, the Gilas Pilipinas team was still trying to get permissions to loan players from PBA ballclubs. It has also been rumored that Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin has had some challenging moments in some of his meetings with PBA team owners. Gossip is ripe that many PBA team owners are unwilling to lend players to the national cause or in some cases, only willing to lend one player per team.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MY PBA 2015 Draft Wish: Troy Rosario to an MVP-controlled Team

It has been rumored that PBA team owners are unwilling to loan several players for Gilas 3.0 specially the ones with expiring contracts. Rumor is spreading that this is because of the attempts of the MVP-affiliated teams to lure the loaned players in the past to their fold. Not unknown to most Gilas fans, Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) is the national team's biggest benefactor.

Is June Mar Fajardo Really Injured?

June Mar Fajardo, the newly-crowned Most Valuable Player of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 40, has indicated that he might skip the invitation to rejoin Gilas owing to plantar fasciitis injuries on both feet. But many Philippine basketball fans cannot help but ask: Is June Mar Fajardo really injured?

MVP National Team Versus SMC National Team

It is no secret that there is some squabbling going on between Philippine Basketball Association team owners Manny V. Pangilinan and Ramon S. Ang. Manny Pangilinan is the team owner of three PBA ballclubs namely the Talk N'Text Tropang Texters, Meralco Bolts, and NLEX Road Warriors. While Ang owns the San Miguel Corporation teams San Miguel Beermen, Star Hotshots, and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. Sometimes, this rivalry affects the formation of Philippine national basketball teams as we are just witnessing anew with Gilas 3.0.

So for the sake of comparison, how could a national team made up of players from the MVP-controlled teams look like against a national team composed of players from all SMC-controlled teams. Let's also take a look at a national team composed of players from teams not officially aligned with the MVP or SMC groups. We only considered players who are eligible to play for the Philippines in official FIBA competitions and did not include the naturalized players.

Friday, July 24, 2015

If Only The Fil-foreigners Can Play as Natural-Born Filipinos for Gilas

The FIBA eligibility rules state that for players born outside the country they wish to represent, they must satisfy two requirements: 1)either parent must still be a citizen of the country they wish to represent at the time of their birth, and 2)must have obtained the passport of the country they wish to represent before they reach the age of 16. 

Filipinos are known to populate various corners of the world and we can almost always find Filipinos of mixed descent in any continent. However not all of these mixed blood Filipinos can represent the Philippine basketball in official FIBA competitions since they do not always satisfy the eligibility rules of FIBA.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PBA Season 40 Validates Player Development Effect of Gilas

Inclusion in the Gilas program has a very solid impact on player development. If it were any indication, statistics for the 40th season of the Philippine Basketball Association validates this.

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June Mar Fajardo
June Mar Fajardo
(photo from Filipinojournal.com)

Worst Case Scenario for Gilas 3.0 Pool

It seems like the release of the 26-man pool for Gilas 3.0 submitted by national team coach Tab Baldwin is taking forever. Speculations are ripe that several PBA teams are reluctant in loaning their players to the national cause. If this is true, then maybe we can take a look at a worst case scenario wherein only the MVP-controlled teams(Meralco, NLEX, Talk N'Text) will be loaning players to the national pool. I will only be considering those who did quite well in the 40th season of the Philippine Basketball Association as well as the former members of the pool during coach Chot Reyes' time as head coach. I will also be considering that Andray Blatche may not make himself available for the team.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What Seems To Be The Trouble With Gilas 3.0

With barely 2 months left before the battle for Asian cage supremacy begins at Changsha, Hunan, China, Gilas Pilipinas have yet to release the names of the players included in it's pool. 

Are PBA Teams Willing to Loan Players?

The perennial problem for the national team has been the reluctance of ballclubs from the Philippine Basketball Association to lend players for international competitions. We have never really truly sent the best national basketball team to international competitions for the longest time. Yet again, this seems to be an issue for Gilas 3.0. Talk has spread that Gilas coach Tab Baldwin even had a heated exchange with a PBA team owner in one of the meetings. This issue also seems to delay the release of the names included in the Gilas 3.0 training pool that Coach Tab has submitted to the PBA a long time ago.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Gilas Watch: Considering Who Did Well in PBA Season 40

Barely 2 months before the 28th Asian Basketball Championship in Changsha, Hunan, China on 23 September to 3 October 2015, Gilas Pilipinas is yet to start practicing. Although Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Badlwin has already submitted his 26-man pool wishlist to the Philippine Basketball Association, no announcements has yet been made as to who will be part of the pool.

28th FIBA Asia Championship
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sinag Pilipinas Almost Ready: 16-man Pool Named

The Sinag Pilipinas men's national basketball team has trimmed down the pool to 16 players, from which the final 12-man roster will be named for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championships in April and the Southeast Asian Games in June. While the Philippines has been a perennial title favorite in the regional meets, newly-installed Philippine national coach Tab Baldwin is not leaving anything to chance.

Named to the pool were Sinag Pilipinas veterans Marcus Douthit, Kiefer Ravena, Mark Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Garvo Lanete, and Rayray Parks. New additions are La Salle's Jeron Teng, Norbert Torres, Almond Vosotros, Prince Rivero, and Arnold Van Opstal, San Beda's Baser Amer, Perpetual's Earl Scottie Thompson, National University's Troy Rosario and Glenn Khobuntin, Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena, and Arellano's Jiovani Jalalon.