Saturday, August 29, 2015

#JonesCup2015 Roundup: Day One

The 2015 Jones Cup started last night in Taipei, and, well, let’s just say it was an exciting opening day. The main takeaways? An uncharacteristically sloppy Korean team got blasted by Asian champs Iran, and Taiwan Blue was able to pull the rug from under Japan in overtime!


Lin Chih-Chieh lived up to his moniker of "The Beast" as he led Taiwan Blue to victory.
(image from Yahoo! Taiwan)


Here are the complete results from Day One!
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Nitpicking the Top Twelve 2015 #PBADraft Picks Part 2

The 2015 PBA draft is in the books. 

Sunday’s much-anticipated event began as expected, with the Gilas 3.0 duo of Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario predictably going 1 and 2 to Talk N Text and Mahindra respectively. It didn’t take long, however, before the surprises started to take shape. The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters shocked everyone by taking Fil-American Maverick Ahanmisi with the No. 3 overall pick, setting the tone for a pretty eventful night. Chris Newsome went to a Meralco team that already has a few strong athletes, Earl Scottie Thompson was taken  by the Gin Kings to round out the top five. 

(image from PBA-Online.net)

In my previous post, we looked at and analyzed the top six picks of the draft. This time around, we will look at picks 7 to 12:
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Friday, August 28, 2015

#FIBAAsia2015 Pre-Tournament Rankings 2.0

In every week leading up to the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, tipping off on September 23, your resident Asian basketball addict will be ranking the 16 teams bound for Changsha, China, based on their respective player compositions and preparations for the biennial tournament.

Though these rankings are entirely the opinion of one man and have no mathematical or theoretical grounding, keep in mind that player injuries, eligibility issues, training camp reports, and pre-tournament game results will all have considerable impact.




Let's look at this second edition of the rankings.
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Nitpicking the Top Twelve 2015 #PBADraft Picks Part 1

The 2015 PBA Draft is in the books. 

Sunday’s much-anticipated event began as expected, with the Gilas 3.0 duo of Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario predictably going 1 and 2 to Talk N Text and Mahindra respectively. It didn’t take long, however, before the surprises started to take shape. The Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters shocked everyone by taking Fil-American Maverick Ahanmisi with the No. 3 overall pick, setting the tone for a pretty eventful night. Chris Newsome went to a Meralco team that already has a few strong athletes, Earl Scottie Thompson was taken  by the Gin Kings to round out the top five. 


Earl Scottie Thompson was a big hit in the draft. Will he be a big hit in Ginebra?
(image from Sports5.ph)
So how about the rest of the first twelve? Here are my thoughts on all first-rounders this year:
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

#FIBAAsia2015 Contender Preview: Iran

Amidst all the controversy surrounding Gilas Pilipinas’s neutered roster and compressed preparations, the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, Hunan, China will commence in about a month’s time. 

While our boys struggle to find their form and improve their chemistry, many of our regional rivals are already neck-deep in their training. China and Japan recently wrapped up their European camps, while Iran and Lebanon are on the same continent playing tune-up games. Korea just concluded a series of games opposite Taiwan, and the two are set to butt heads again in the 2015 Jones Cup, which starts in about a week. 

Without a doubt, FIBA Asia is top-of-mind for many people now, and the intensity is only bound to increase as we inch closer to the opening of the competition. With just one outright slot to the 2016 Rio Olympics up for grabs, all sixteen nations participating are sure to pull out all the stops. 

Well, except maybe for our team, which, despite the fact they will play with as much #Puso as they possibly can, will probably reel from having a thin pool of talent and the shortest training time among all teams involved.

Still, in spite of these bumps on the road, the games will go on, and so must we. 

In this series of posts, I will look at each of the ten countries identified as contenders for the 2015 FIBA Asia title. 

In my previous post, I looked at a team that is hell-bent on reclaiming its place among the continent’s top teams, Japan. This time, I will focus on a perennial powerhouse and, perhaps, the consensus team-to-beat, Iran.




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#FIBAAsia2015 Contender Preview: Japan

Amidst all the controversy surrounding Gilas Pilipinas’s neutered roster and compressed preparations, the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, Hunan, China will commence in about a month’s time. 

While our boys struggle to find their form and improve their chemistry, many of our regional rivals are already neck-deep in their training. China and Japan recently wrapped up their European camps, while Iran and Lebanon are on the same continent playing tune-up games. Korea just concluded a series of games opposite Taiwan, and the two are set to butt heads again in the 2015 Jones Cup, which starts in about a week. 

Without a doubt, FIBA Asia is top-of-mind for many people now, and the intensity is only bound to increase as we inch closer to the opening of the competition. With just one outright slot to the 2016 Rio Olympics up for grabs, all sixteen nations participating are sure to pull out all the stops. 

Well, except maybe for our team, which, despite the fact they will play with as much #Puso as they possibly can, will probably reel from having a thin pool of talent and the shortest training time among all teams involved.

Still, in spite of these bumps on the road, the games will go on, and so must we. 

In this series of posts, I will look at each of the ten countries identified as contenders for the 2015 FIBA Asia title. 

In my previous post, I looked at a perpetual thorn in out necks, Taiwan. In this post, I will focus on a team that is hell-bent on reclaiming its place among the continent’s top teams, Japan.


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#FIBAAsia2015 Contender Preview: Taiwan

Amidst all the controversy surrounding Gilas Pilipinas’s neutered roster and compressed preparations, the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, Hunan, China will commence in about a month’s time. 

While our boys struggle to find their form and improve their chemistry, many of our regional rivals are already neck-deep in their training. China and Japan recently wrapped up their European camps, while Iran and Lebanon are on the same continent playing tune-up games. Korea just concluded a series of games opposite Taiwan, and the two are set to butt heads again in the 2015 Jones Cup, which starts in about a week. 

Without a doubt, FIBA Asia is top-of-mind for many people now, and the intensity is only bound to increase as we inch closer to the opening of the competition. With just one outright slot to the 2016 Rio Olympics up for grabs, all sixteen nations participating are sure to pull out all the stops.  

Well, except maybe for our team, which, despite the fact they will play with as much #Puso as they possibly can, will probably reel from having a thin pool of talent and the shortest training time among all teams involved.

Still, in spite of these bumps on the road, the games will go on, and so must we. 

In this series of posts, I will look at each of the ten countries identified as contenders for the 2015 FIBA Asia title. 

In my previous post, I looked at our perennial nemesis, South Korea. For this post, I will look at a team that has been a perpetual thorn in our necks, Taiwan.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

#FIBAAsia2015 Contender Preview: South Korea

Amidst all the controversy surrounding Gilas Pilipinas’s neutered roster and compressed preparations, the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, Hunan, China will commence in about a month’s time. 

While our boys struggle to find their form and improve their chemistry, many of our regional rivals are already neck-deep in their training. China and Japan recently wrapped up their European camps, while Iran and Lebanon are on the same continent playing tune-up games. Korea just concluded a series of games opposite Taiwan, and the two are set to butt heads again in the 2015 Jones Cup, which starts in about a week. 

Without a doubt, FIBA Asia is top-of-mind for many people now, and the intensity is only bound to increase as we inch closer to the opening of the competition. With just one outright slot to the 2016 Rio Olympics up for grabs, all sixteen nations participating are sure to pull out all the stops. 

Well, except maybe for our team, which, despite the fact they will play with as much #Puso as they possibly can, will probably reel from having a thin pool of talent and the shortest training time among all teams involved.

Still, in spite of these bumps on the road, the games will go on, and so must we. 

In this series of posts, I will look at each of the ten countries identified as contenders for the 2015 FIBA Asia title. 

In my previous post, I looked at the lone team from Central Asia, Kazakhstan. For this post, I will look at a team that has been our nemesis for much of our international basketball history — South Korea.




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Saturday, August 22, 2015

#TakeOnManila Trial Run of Crazy Light Boost 2015


Mandaluyong City, Philippines - I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Trial Run of the Crazy Light Boost 2015 at the Gatorade Hoops Center last August 22, 2015. To make things even better, adidas PH selected me (I'm not sure how hehe) to play in an exhibition game with celebrities (Rico Blanco, Charles Tiu), college (Kevin Ferrer, Gio Jalalon, Aljon Mariano) & pro (Jericho Cruz) players and other media personnel (Anton Roxas, Andrei Felix). Plus, to top things off, I was handed a fresh pair of the Crazy Light Boost 2015 for me to test run.


Excellent fit. Very comfortable and light

To the best of my knowledge, the Crazy Light Boost 2015 is one of the priciest basketball shoes (SRP: Php 7995) made by adidas due to its PrimeKnit technology and adiPrene+ cushioning.
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Photos of LeBron James and his #NikeRise Tour in Manila

Mandaluyong City, Philippines (August 20, 2015)
Press Conference at Nike House of Rise 


LeBron James 12 Low MNL
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