Takeaways from the Gilas Pilipinas’ performance at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Photo screen shot from Davey Langit Twitter Account

Photo screen shot from Davey Langit Twitter Account

  • The lineup is designed to dribble-drive and kick as well as to push the ball when the opportunity presents itself. Kamikaze small ball is what I call it. Nevertheless, forcing it inside in a halfcourt situation is a death sentence because of our obvious height mismatch, and that is why slashers like Paul Dalistan and Jayson William are forced to jack up threes.
  • Our style of play and philosophy, which is something that is unique to Filipinos, was apparent throughout the tournament. There are instances when players dribble without any purpose, which causes the offense to stagnate. When we ran out of options, we dump the ball to the best player.

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We came to the FIBA World Cup expecting every game to be like South Korea when it became Chinese Taipei except for one. We went to the tournament with only one play and we ran that play to the ground. It is not even NBA-style one-on-one basketball, rather, it is something that, as I have written in the previous paragraph, only Filipinos can execute.

  • This brings me to my next point. Our style of play is entertaining, and we surprised everybody because of it. We threw our opponents off and we frustrated them. They didn’t know how to guard us. Is our style of play wrong? No. It is something that we are already accustomed to doing, I will not take it against us. But is it a winning style of play? Apparently not.

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If only we reached the Round of 16, maybe our style of play would have changed the landscape of how international basketball will be played. There’s no need to break down the defense through swift ball movement, which is what Argentina did in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Rather, we will discombobulate the opposition with our speed.

The rest of the world would have taken notice, see that what we do provides highlight reels, and it could have changed the way they play because it brings butts to the seats. We could have screamed, “We are Filipinos, we play basketball this way, we showed you how it’s done, and we won doing things our way. Live with it.”

If only.

  • As mentioned above, another tendency that was apparent is that we tend to rely on our main players sometimes to the point of excess. If it is not Andray Blatche, it is Jimmy Alapag. More so Blatche. Our tendency to “asa sa import”, something that we grew accustomed to seeing at the PBA, reared its head.
    Is it wrong? If you ask Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, the answer will be no. Big time players demand the ball in big time situations. The caveat though is that the offense becomes predictable.

Photo courtesy of FIBA.com

Photo courtesy of FIBA.com

  • There is no one to blame for our losses, not even Blatche, who led the tournament in turnovers. We rode on him from beginning to end. Fatigue had to set in eventually, what do you expect?
    Give the guy some slack. He played his heart out. He personified the idea of “puso” just like the rest of the team.
  • Where do we go from here? We have many options. We can continue to be stubborn and play our trademark Pinoy-style basketball and hope that one day we reach far by playing the sport we only know how. Or we can finally try to instill some semblance of discipline only seen when watching European teams.
    Better yet, we can try to develop a hybrid system that takes the best of our bravado and intensity, and couple it with the discipline and precision of Euroball.

After everything has been said and done, I do hope we bring more to the table by the time the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup comes. Especially if we do end up as hosts.

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The Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Kobe Bryant

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kobe bryant smilingOne of the greatest players in NBA history (wiki) is also an athlete who the public doesn’t know much about.

Who are we talking about?

Quite possibly the second best shooting-guard of all-time after Michael Jordan, the Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who is on a quest to win his sixth championship ring and tie his idol Michael Jordan, is currently being pursued by an Italian basketball team to play for them if the NBA season is locked out.

But Bryant’s focus remains on making sure that those who say he’s lost a step, regret it.

Below is a list of the top 10 facts from Kobe Bryant’s wiki that we never knew:

1. Kobe “Beef”

Right before his birth, Kobe Bryant’s parents were at a Philadelphia restaurant named after the high quality beef steak, Kobe, and they decided that would be the name of their son.

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Stanley Pringle lands as first pick of 2014 PBA draft

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Save for some draft day trades, the 2014 PBA rookie draft did not elicit much drama as Stanley Pringle was expectedly taken off the board by GlobalPort as this year’s first overall pick. The Batang Pier followed this up by trading for San Mig Coffee’s first round pick to nab Anthony Semerad.

Pringle was followed by Gilas Cadet players Kevin Alas (Rain or Shine), Ronald Pascual (San Miguel Beer from Barako Bull), and Matthew Rosser (NLEX). ABL campaigner Chris Banchero went fifth after being selected by Alaska.

L-R: Chris Banchero, Matt Rosser, Stanley Pringle, Kevin Alas and Ronald Pascual (Photo by Josh Albelda )

L-R: Chris Banchero, Matt Rosser, Stanley Pringle, Kevin Alas and Ronald Pascual (Photo by Josh Albelda )

Expansion teams Kia Motors and Blackwater Sports made hay as they were given the chance to pick as many players as they can after the second round. The Sorentos tabbed coach Manny Pacquiao and Kyle Pascual in the first two rounds before hauling Manny’s cousin Rene, Kenneth Ighalo, Paolo Taha, Jeremy Bartolo, Anthony Gavieres, Richard Cole, Giorgio Umali, Jonathan Banal, Michael Acuña, Mark Romero, and Francis Bercede.

Blackwater, on the other hand, shored up its roster with Juami Tiongson (first round), Frank Golla (second round), Bryan Heruela, Maclean Sabellina, Juneric Baloria, Raul Soyud, Clark Bautista, and Ford Ruaya (third round).

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Shaquille O’Neal Once Made a 3-Pointer in the NBA

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Shaquille O’Neal has made 11,196 career baskets. Not surprisingly, 11,195 of which have been 2-pointers.

On Feb. 26, 1996, in a game against Milwaukee Bucks, Shaq received the ball well beyond the arc and hurled it towards the hoop. The ball somehow went in off the glass — not that he called it.

O’Neal has taken just 22 3-point attempts over the course of his career — averaging about one per year. His total 3-point percentage is .045, which is even less than one tenth of his .527 career free-throw percentage.


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Keisuke Honda takes one of the worst corners of all time in AC Milan friendly against Valencia

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We never thought we’d see the day, but Wayne Rooney’s corner at the World Cup may have just been eclipsed by AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda.

The Japan playmaker skied his effort so high it even went out of shot for the camera following the action of Milan’s friendly against Valencia.

It seemed to be an embarrassing day all round for the Italians, who saw debutant goalkeeper Diego Lopez spectacularly lobbed from 40 yards by Paco Alcacer.

Still, better to get all this out of the system before the real action begins, eh?

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2014-15 NBA season tips off on October 28

The new NBA season is just less than two and a half months away as the 2014-15 regular season kicks off with three games on October 29, Philippine time.

Photo screenshot from NBA Philippines

Photo screenshot from NBA Philippines

Opening the hostilities are a pair of matches involving the reigning champions San Antonio Spurs going up against Texas rival Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans hosting the Orlando Magic. Then, it will be a tossup between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, marking the return of Kobe Bryant after suffering from two consecutive season-ending injuries.

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Another former MVP seeing action for the first time after a long while is Derrick Rose, who is expected to suit up against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden on October 30. Rose and the rest of the Chicago Bulls then face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at home two days later

Meanwhile, there will be five games featured on Christmas day as the Washington Wizards take on the New York Knicks, followed by the skirmish of the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Next, it will be the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat before the Lakers and the Bulls take on the court. Finally, it will be a West Coast matchup between the LA Clippers and the Golden State Warriors.

Last season’s finalists face for the first time on February 7, while James will take first crack on San Antonio on November 20.

For the full schedule, visit this link: http://ph.global.nba.com/stats/league/leagueSchedule.xhtml?countryCode=PH

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Allen Iverson returns to PHL with “All In” charity event

Former NBA all-star Allen Iverson will return to the Philippines this November 3-5 for the “All In” charity tour. This will be his second trip to the country after his visit back in 1998.

“The Answer” was one of the most prolific scorers at the NBA and is considered by ESPN as the fifth best NBA shooting guard of all time.

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Iverson’s itinerary include a basketball clinic at the Ateneo de Manila University, followed by a visit to a Gawad Kalinga site, as well as meet and greets at SM Megamall and SM North. On the last day, the 2001 NBA MVP will coach Team Ball Up, which is comprised of And1 streetball players and former NBA pros, as it goes up against a selection of UAAP and NCAA cagers as well PBA legends, which will be mentored by Allan Caidic.

Tickets to the event will go on sale on August 15. Proceeds to the charity event will be for the benefit of GK.

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