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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.