• The KIA Carnival with coach Manny Pacquiao in ther locker room after defeating Talk 'N Text. on 25 February 2015. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)The KIA Carnival with coach Manny Pacquiao in ther locker room after defeating Talk 'N Text. on 25 February 2015. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

    When PBA expansion teams Blackwater Elite and KIA Sorento joined the league to start its 40th season, pretty much everyone said that both teams would struggle to get wins, considering their shallow lineups and lack of experience. True enough, in their maiden conference, the Philippine Cup, Blackwater did not win a game, while KIA only won its matchup against Blackwater, which actually surprised many who thought Blackwater had the better lineup. Because of their dismal Philippine Cup performances, no one expected anything different from the two teams in the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.

    For Blackwater, the second conference has been a struggle, to put it mildly. Its original import, Chris Charles, got injured before their first game, so they had to play without one and lost. Then, they recruited naturalized Filipino Marcus Douthit who has not shot the ball well (34.5%) in six games. Some local players have played well in spurts, like outside-sniping big man Bryan Faundo and powerful guard

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  • Call it “championship hangover” or whatever other name you want, but four games into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the “less-than-a-month-ago-crowned Philippine Cup champion” San Miguel Beermen find themselves mired in a winless run of four games. Losing to lowly expansion team Kia in its maiden Second Conference outing was “acceptable” to some, to a certain extent, because of the “hangover” excuse.

    Others, however, said that SMB or any other team not named Blackwater (which was the only team that had lost to Kia before) should not have lost to the Carnival (Kia’s team name). [Note: As of this writing, Kia has also beaten Purefoods, so maybe the Carnival are legit. Who knows?] Losing to Ginebra in its second game was tolerable, since Ginebra is a good team when the collective heads of its players are in the game and, in the fourth quarter of the game versus San Miguel, they definitely were.

    une Mar Fajardo now fights against much bigger opposition for rebounds. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)une Mar Fajardo now fights against much bigger opposition for rebounds. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)


    But then, when there were supposed to be no more excuses, and the perfect opportunity to break

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  • Filipino-American basketball player Taylor Statham of the University of California San Bernardino. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Statham)Filipino-American basketball player Taylor Statham of the University of California San Bernardino. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Statham)

    Back in July 2014, we featured a Filipino-American playing Division II NCAA basketball in the US, Taylor Statham of the University of California at San Bernardino (CSUSB).

    Thirteen games into the NCAA season, and with his team 6-7 overall as of this writing, but 6-4 in California College Athletic Association (CCAA) conference play, we had the chance to correspond once again with Taylor to check on how he prepared for the season, his assessment of the season so far, and what he expects for its remainder, looking towards the future.

    In July 2014, Taylor was busy rehabbing his body for the coming season, working through aches and pains. He did lifting and conditioning, using the school facilities at CSUSB. He and his younger brother, Hunter, began to train with professional trainer Keith Howard, who works with several pro players, including Darren Collision of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Because of this, he had the opportunity to train and play with and against pros practically every day,

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  • The Alaska Aces' Dondon Hontiveros and Calvin Abueva during Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on 11 January 2015. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)The Alaska Aces' Dondon Hontiveros and Calvin Abueva during Game 3 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on 11 January 2015. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

    No matter what happens in the current PBA Philippine Cup Finals, whether the Alaska Aces or San Miguel Beermen claim yet another championship in both their franchises’ storied history, fans will be talking about Game 3 of the best-of-seven series for some time.

    Before Game 1, when asked, I said the series would be close, and that it would go at least six games. I highly appreciated what both teams accomplished throughout the Philippine Cup, the way they both played, how many players on each team stepped up at different times in each game, and how the coaches made adjustments from game to game, or even in-game on the fly.  In particular, I repeatedly praised and commended both coaches, Leo Austria of SMB, and Alex Compton of Alaska, for having clearly instilled a new attitude in their respective teams prior to the start of the conference. Both tacticians had clearly introduced a new mindset, a fresh perspective, and their players were responding. Yes, there were other teams that

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  • Real basketball fans appreciate good basketball. It should not matter who is playing. If plays are ran to perfection, ball movement is crisp, a team functions as one unit, regardless of which players are on the court, then that team is worth watching, and learning from.

    Time and again, it has been said, individual talent can take teams far, but a total team effort can always overcome the tremendous skills of a few. In the NBA landscape, there has not been a consistently better team in the past fifteen years than the San Antonio Spurs. Winning championships spread out through the past decade and a half, always competing for the Western Conference crown, sending players to the All-Star game every February, recruiting at times not the most talented but the most “willing-to-play-in-a-team-concept-and-smart-enough-to-understand-how” players, has allowed the Spurs to stay in the upper echelon of the greatest hoops league on earth for an extended period of time.



    Yes, the talent is obvious. The

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  • Samboy Lim during one of his basketball camps. (Facebook)Samboy Lim during one of his basketball camps. (Facebook)

    No, the man they call “The Skywalker” has not yet left this earth. As of this writing, we were informed that he is still fighting, battling, in what is undoubtedly his toughest struggle ever. That says a lot after struggling through a seemingly endless road of injuries throughout an otherwise spectacular basketball career. He never completed a full season in the PBA because of his many aches and pains, breaks and strains. It if wasn’t one joint, it might have been a bone or a muscle, that kept him out of action for extended periods of time. Every time, though, he would come back and thrill the crowd, at least until the next ailment or injury arrived.

    Thinking about it, maybe that’s why Samboy was still able to draw crowds whenever he played in the “legends” games, where he and some of his contemporaries would continue to perform.  While most of the other players would be several steps slow, with less hair and more girth, Samboy seemed to be the most physically fit of them all. He never

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  • Former NBA center Darryl Dawkins with executives from NBA Asia, Solar Sports, and ABS-CBN. (Phoyo by Charlie Cuna)Former NBA center Darryl Dawkins with executives from NBA Asia, Solar Sports, and ABS-CBN. (Phoyo by Charlie Cuna)

    The National Basketball Association has announced its new deal with its Philippine partners, Solar Sports (BTV) and ABS-CBN, for the broadcast of NBA games in the Philippines for the upcoming NBA season.

    Filipino fans can expect to see more than thirty NBA games a week on television (Solar, ABS on Channels 2 and Sports + Action, on NBA Premium in Hi-Definition and online). Games on channel 2 are scheduled on Saturday mornings, while Sports + Action will air games on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.

    Speaking at a press conference held Friday at the NBA Café in SM Aura, Scott Levy, NBA Asia Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, said NBA ratings have grown in Asia and the Philippines, beginning with the dream Finals matchup of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010.

    Meanwhile, William Tieng of Solar described the day as “a new milestone” in the NBA experience of Filipinos.  He described the agreed multi-year partnership among the three entities as “a big win for Filipinos”

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  • Gilas Pilipinas fans along with Yahoo blogger Charlie Cuna wait at the Incheon Airport for the arrival of the team. (Photo by Charlie Cuna)Gilas Pilipinas fans along with Yahoo blogger Charlie Cuna wait at the Incheon Airport for the arrival of the team. (Photo by Charlie Cuna)

    INCHEON, KOREA - Gilas Pilipinas is ready to go to battle at the Asian Games, and the fans here are all pumped up.

    On Saturday evening we proceeded to the Incheon Airport to welcome Coach Chot Reyes and the team. When we reached the arrival area, there were about forty Filipinos, many of whom were clad in Gilas Pilipinas t-shirts, holding little Filipino flags, just waiting to see their basketball idols.  We spoke to several of them and learned that they are overseas workers who work in Incheon or other Korean cities, with others coming from as far as Busan, which is about five hours away from here. They just wanted to show their support for the team and have a chance to meet the players in person. They told us that they were not just Gilas fans, but also PBA fans and that they were looking forward to the upcoming fortieth season of the pro league.

    When Coach Chot finally emerged from inside the baggage claim area, our “kababayans” started chanting “Puso” and “Laban Pilipinas”, as they

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  • It's on in Incheon!

    I am privileged to be one of the members of the coverage team for the Sports 5 network that is now in Incheon, South Korea to report and cover the 17th Asian Games.  I, together with my colleagues, Patricia Bermudez-Hizon, Dennis Principe, and Chiqui Roa-Puno, with a small team of directors, producers, writers, editors, and cameramen arrived in Korea in the evening of 17 September to familiarize ourselves for the Games, which run from 19 September to 04 October 2014.

    All in all, there are 45 countries participating in the quadrennial Asiad, with more than 14,000 athletes competing in 36 sports, vying for the 439 gold medals. Filipino athletes, 150 in total, will be competing in 26 of the sports.

    The organizing committee employed about seventy-thousand operating personnel to man forty-nine stadiums in and around Incheon.  There are twenty media outfits from all across Asia stationed at the International Broadcast Center (IBC), which will practically serve as the Sports 5 team’s home away

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  • Manila, Philippines-Former NBA coach Avery Johnson and Portland Trailblazers center Robin Lopez supervise a drill at the Gatorade NBA Training Center in Mandaluyong, east of Manila on 11 September 2014. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)Manila, Philippines-Former NBA coach Avery Johnson and Portland Trailblazers center Robin Lopez supervise a drill at the Gatorade NBA Training Center in Mandaluyong, east of Manila on 11 September 2014. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

    In recent years, the NBA has sent representatives to the Philippines on a regular basis in line with its various activities primarily meant to promote the game of basketball (3X3, Junior NBA) and to help in its global social responsibility program, NBA Cares. 

    This time, the league sent former NBA player with the San Antonio Spurs and former NBA Head Coach with the Dallas Mavericks and NJ/Brooklyn Nets, “The Little General” Avery Johnson, and current Portland Trailblazers center Robin Lopez and guard/forward Wesley Matthews. 

    The three gentlemen are in town to conduct a basketball clinic on September 11 and to do some community work in Northern Cebu on September 12, hand in hand with World Vision Philippines, for the benefit of our countrymen affected there by Typhoon Yolanda several months back. There will also be some activities at the Glorietta in Makati City on 13 and 14 September to announce the opening of the first NBA Store in the Philippines.

    Johnson, Lopez and Matthews met

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  • Charlie Cuna

    Charlie Cuna is an avid sports fan who has been covering Philippine college basketball online, and commentating for the Philippine Basketball Association either on radio or television, since 2004. He also commentated for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and the 2008 Olympics, and has been invited as a resource person on several shows on TV or radio to give analysis on local basketball, as well as the NBA. He is a lawyer by profession, but his passion for basketball and local and international sports competitions is what keeps him sane.

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