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cub
04-04-2007, 11:56 AM
who do you think will be this year's MVP?

I'd go for Willie Miller. A candidate for the Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup and averages above 20 points a game in the Fiesta Cup. i think Seigle, Caguioa, Taulava and Helterbrand is not included in the race.

cricohermoso
04-04-2007, 12:27 PM
re Willie Miller: unfortunately, Alaska placed 8th last conference.

if hatfield goes back to the BGK club and BGK enters the semis at least this Fiesta Crown, baka sya mag-MVP. Parang nagiging basis kasi, whoever team finishes strong in the first conference of a season, mas malaki chances magMVP ng players ng team na yun.

ex (ewan kung coincidence lang :P)
Year - Club (conference rank) - MVP
1995 - Sunkist won All Filipino (1st conf) - Vergel Meneses
1996 - Alaska won the All Filipino (1st conf) - Johnny Abarrientos
1997 - Purefoods won All filipino (1st conf) - Alvin Patrimonio
1998 - Alaska won All Filipino (1st conf pa rin) - Kenneth Duremdes
1999 - Shell won the All Filipino (1st conf) - Benjie Paras
2001 - SMB won the All Filipino (1st conf) - Danny Ildefonso
2003 - Talk 'n Text won the All Filipino (1st conf pa rin) - Asi Taulava
2004/2005 - Ginebra won the Fiesta Crown and Philippine Cup - Eric Menk
2007 - Ginebra won the Philippine Cup (1st conf) - ?
While Red Bull won the first conference (Fiesta Conference) for the 2006 season, it helped that Purefoods was the runner-up of that conference and became a contender for the Philippine Cup (at naging champion pa)... syempre nanjan na rin yung rising popularity ni James Yap kaya sya nanalo ng MVP.

Medyo magulo lang ngayon, just like last 2002 (when the players got loaned to the National team). So kung gusto magMVP ng mga wala sa National Team (i.e. James Yap, Rudy Hatfield, Kelly Williams, and Willie Miller), they have to step up now. :D

No, I'm not saying this dahil lang BGK diehard ako :P

ESCALERA JR.
04-04-2007, 05:26 PM
who do you think will be this year's MVP?

I'd go for Willie Miller. A candidate for the Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup and averages above 20 points a game in the Fiesta Cup. i think Seigle, Caguioa, Taulava and Helterbrand is not included in the race.


LAST TIME mILLER WON mvp wala yung mga magagaling...nasa Asian Games. Pagkakataon na naman ni Miller mag MVP!!! :D

Sam Miguel
04-04-2007, 06:35 PM
I'm with Escalera on this one.

If Caguioa had a whole season to play I believe he would be named MVP, close behind are Rudy Hatfield and Jayjay Helterbrand. Let's face it: these three guys were the reason Ginebra won the Fiesta Cup, practically beating the shit out of the whole league in the process.

Small wonder they are all original choices to be part of the RP Team.

gameface_one
07-10-2007, 08:43 AM
Miller on course for second MVP
mb.com.ph





FIVE YEARS since first winning a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum, Willie Miller is at it again, leading five other players in hot pursuit for the league’s highest individual honor.


The Alaska Aces guard heads the list of MVP contenders that also includes Talk ’N Text’s Mac Cardona, Sta. Lucia rookie Kelly Williams, the Air 21 pair of Arwind Santos and Gary David, and last year’s winner James Yap of Purefoods.

The new MVP will be crowned just before Game 4 of the Talk N Text-PBA Fiesta Cup Finals between Alaska and Talk ‘N Text when the league holds its Annual Awards Night to honor the best and brightest in the PBA’s 32nd season.

"This is the time of the year when the PBA honors the best players who shone brightest in the season that is coming to an end," said league commissioner Noli Eala.

Miller was named league MVP in 2002 while he was still with Red Bull, the same team that made him the top overall pick in the 2001 Rookie Draft.

In vying for a second MVP trophy, Miller hopes to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, William Adornado, Alberto Guidaben, Benjie Paras and Danny Ildefonso as among the few select players to have won the coveted award twice or more.

The 6-foot guard out of Letran College and Cardona, the rising second-year star who had his breakthrough career this year with the Phone Pals, are actually the top rivals for the Best Player of the Conference plum to be awarded in Game 3 of the Finals.

Miller and Cardona are also showing the way for possible spots in the Mythical Team selection together with Williams, David, Yap, Santos , Wynne Arboleda, Alex Cabagnot, John Arigo, Jeffrey Cariaso, Ali Peek, Jay-R Reyes, Eric Menk, Yancy de Ocampo, Dorian Pena, Jay Washington, Harvey Carey, Mark Telan, Nic Belasco and Ildefonso.

Dark Knight
07-10-2007, 08:56 PM
Its a long shot but i'll go for cardona. I mean, the guy is averaging almost 25 to 30 points a game and lets admit it, TNT would have not reached the finals without Cardona. ;D

gameface_one
07-12-2007, 07:39 AM
IN HUDDLE
PBA: Who will be this year’s season MVP?


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 06:01am (Mla time) 07/12/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The last time I talked to PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon, I remember him telling me that while Phone Pal MacMac Cardona was leading in the Best Player of the Fiesta Conference derby, it doesn’t look like he will be able to compile enough points to make him eligible for this year’s MVP race.

That’s why I was both surprised and impressed to see his name among the finalists, which was released by the PBA the other day. The others are Sta. Lucia Realty’s Kelly Williams, Air21’s Arwind Santos and Gary David, Alaska’s Willie Miller and Purefoods’ James Yap.

* * *

If you’re wondering why -- unlike in the past decades -- players whose teams were eliminated early in the season still managed to make it to the finals list, that’s because the Philippine Basketball Association has changed the format for choosing the Most Valuable Player of the season and the best player of the conference.

For example, the statistical points awarded to each player are now based on averages instead of the accumulated points.

Then too, instead of only one choice for the MVP or the Best Player of the Conference, the voter has to write down his top three choices for each award.

Numbers man Fidel said the first choice gets 60 points for the vote, the second choice, 30 points; and the third, 10.

I didn’t have time to get the rationale behind these changes but Fidel promised to discuss it at length next time.

* * *

Late Wednesday afternoon, word was out that Cardona has emerged as the Best Player of the Fiesta conference which makes him an automatic candidate for season MVP, as long as he has logged in the required number of minutes and games played.

The winners of the best import and best player of the conference awards were scheduled to be announced Wednesday at halftime of Game 3 between Alaska and Talk ‘N Text, while the season awards were set to be presented in Game 4.

I was told that it was going to be a close fight between MacMac, and Miller.

One big thing going for MacMac was that his team garnered third place honors in the Philippine Cup, compared to Alaska which failed to make it to the semis.

Fidel said it would be a good chance to find out if the No. 13 proves lucky for Miller, who is aspiring for his second MVP plum.

Aside from the day of the awards falling on a Friday the 13th, Fidel said July 13 is Miller’s birthday and his jersey number is 13.

* * *

Incidentally, none among the top candidates for Rookie of the Year honors belong to the Fiesta finalists currently competing.

The top 5 are Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia, JR Reyes and JunJun Cabatu of Welcoat, LA Tenorio of San Miguel and Arwind Santos of Air 21.

gameface_one
07-13-2007, 07:06 AM
Miller has edge in MVP race



By YUGEL LOSORATA
mb.com.ph

A BIG Friday the 13th party awaits Alaska’s Willie Miller today – that is if he wins the Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career.


An MVP victory would be a grand consolation the peppery guard who narrowly lost the Fiesta Conference’s Best Player award to Talk ‘N Text’s Marc Cardona two days ago, losing his bid when Cardona piled a massive lead on the strength of media votes.

But things may turn out different this time.

Besides leading in various statistical categories, Miller should get a little lift from wearing jersey number 13, which, if one is to give extra meaning to this coincidence, the Alaska ace should have the inside track to capture the league’s highest individual award.

His hope is that Friday the 13th , which can work both ways, will not bring bad luck.

The awards rites take place at 6 p.m. after the SMC-Pilipinas versus China Team B match and before Game 4 of the ongoing Fiesta Conference championship between Alaska and Talk ’N Text at the Araneta Coliseum.

Miller, who was the 2001 No. 1 pick (he was drafted by Red Bull that year), is ahead of all contenders statistics-wise, getting past Talk ‘N Text’s Mac Cardona, Sta. Lucia rookie Kelly Williams, Air-21’s Gary David, and Purefoods’ James Yap, who won last year’s MVP award.

Both Yap and Williams are likely not going to make history, with the former targeting the first back-to-back MVP since Danny Ildefonso, and the latter trying to duplicate Benjie Paras’ success of winning the MVP Rookie of the Year on the same year.

A victory by Miller, on the other hand, will put him in a rare pedestal as the seventh player to win the MVP more than once.

The other five are Bogs Adornado, Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, and Ildefonso. Apart from that, he will have a certain distinction of having grabbed the league’s MVP trophy twice at a time when the so-called ‘‘cream of the crop’’ cagers are on loan to the National Team.

He did it first in 2002 when most of the premier players participated in the Busan Asiad. This year, he might be earning his second award with those originally vying for the slot like Mark Caguioa and Danny Seigle having cut-short their run to join the RP Team’s quest for Olympic spot.

To some observers, there should be an asterisk to Miller’s MVP victory since he wouldn’t have won it had the top guns were there to compete against him.

But PBA Commissioner Noli Eala shot down that notion, saying Miller deserves to win.

"Miller is one of the best players in the league today and it’s just coincidental that he had won his MVP in 2002 without the bulk of the stars competing for the award. I think he has a legitimate shot to be on the National team, that’s his caliber," he said.

Oddly, the six-foot former Letran guard was not officially named as part of the 2002 and 2007 PBA-backed National squads (unless he’ll be drawn at last minute to don the RP colors to FIBA-Asia).

He was also marked as the PBA MVP awardee with the lowest average on his winning season, while the other years wherein the league sent its finests abroad saw players within the National pool winning the MVP, with Allan Caidic taking it in 1990, Alvin Patrimonio in 1994, and Kenneth Duremdes in 1998.

This quite shows that in 2002, he somewhat stole the spotlight from one of the players who joined the RP five. And he is on his way for a repeat performance this year.

So, does this mean Miller is only the next best thing after the brightest ones?

Alaska’s statistic recorder Tom Urbano believes Miller is wisely taking advantage of the situation, and possessing the skill to pull it through.

"Siya ang naiwan kaya pagkakataon na niya maging MVP. Mabilis ang reflexes niya kahit maliit siya kaya malamang mapili din siya sa RP Team sooner than later."

Miller won the MVP over his teammate Davon Harp. He was surprisingly shipped to Talk ’N Text later before Alaska took him, along with John Ferriols, for Don Allado and a first round draft pick.

He is said to be currently playing his best form as Alaska’s top local player, leading his team all the way to the Finals this conference and a crack at winning the crown.

Howard the Duck
07-14-2007, 12:09 AM
Congrats to Willie "Thriller" Miller

Mel
07-14-2007, 02:08 AM
Hats off to Miller. He didn't seem too happy when he received the award. He just let his game do the talking later.

gameface_one
07-14-2007, 07:54 AM
Miller Time a second time

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Somehow, there’s this feeling of emptiness in Willie Milller who bagged his second Most Valuable Player crown Friday night during the 32nd PBA Leo Awards at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Alaska ace, who won his first MVP plum in 2002, said he couldn’t understand why both his victories came at a time when most of the PBA stars are out playing for the national team.

“Maybe I’m just lucky to win a second MVP award,” said Miller, a flashy lefty who can either shoot from the outside, pass or penetrate. He came in as a rookie in 2001.

“But what I can’t understand is that both my MVP awards came when the other superstars are not playing. This was the same case when I first won it in 2002,” said Miller, who turned 30 on Friday.

Then, the country’s finest were gearing up for the Busan Asian Games. This time, the country’s finest are gearing up for the FIBA Asia Men’s Championship, a qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“That’s why I feel that there’s something lacking,” said Miller, now focused in helping Alaska in its PBA Fiesta Cup final showdown with Talk n Text.

On this glittery night named after former PBA commissioner Leo Prieto, Miller bested Mark Cardona of Talk N Text and Gary David of Air21. Miller won in the statistics race, and votes from the players, PBA and media.

The First Mythical Team is composed of Miller, David, Kelly Williams, Jay Washington and Dorian Pena. The second team is made up up Wynne Arboleda, Cardona, Arwind Santos, Danny Ildefonso and Yancy de Ocampo.

The top rookie plum went to Williams, and the most improved player award to David, who also ran away with the sportsmanship award. The Red Bull energy player awardee is Ronald Tubid.

The all-defensive team is composed of Nelbert Omolon, Santos, Harvey Carey, Arboleda and, again, David.

gameface_one
07-15-2007, 11:24 PM
Another MVP celebration
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Philstar.com



The shoe will be on the other foot in Game 5 of the PBA Fiesta Conference Finals at the Big Dome tonight.

Last Friday, Willie Miller was all pumped up in leading Alaska to a rousing, come-from-behind 86-82 thriller over Talk ’N’ Text to level the best-of-7 series at two wins apiece. It was a fitting celebration of Miller’s 30th birthday and what a way to light up the fireworks.

Before Game 4, Miller was named the league’s MVP. And he proved his worth by putting Alaska on his back to score 29 points, including 10 in the fourth period, in the gutsy victory. A loss would’ve been devastating for the Aces. Not too many teams are able to recover from a 1-3 series deficit. Now, the series is knotted and it’s down to a best-of-3 where winning Game 5 is critical.

If Miller had something to celebrate on Friday the 13th, it’s the Phone Pals turn to toast their MVP today. Yesterday was team owner Manny V. Pangilinan’s birthday and coach Derick Pumaren’s charges are out to give him a big present with a Game 5 win.

Alaska did everything right not to spoil Miller’s party last Friday. The Aces held Talk ’N’ Text to less than 90, shot more free throws, 16-22 to 11-of-18, scored more turnover points, 24-16, on less errors, 15-20, got a big lift from the frontline (Reynel Hugnatan, John Ferriols and Sonny Thoss combined for 30 points compared to only 14 in Game 3) and shut down the Phone Pals’ supporting cast (J. J. Sullinger and MacMac Cardona were the only TNT players in double figure points).

Now, it’s the Phone Pals’ turn to adjust.

Talk ’N’ Text must pick up the tempo and turn Game 5 into a shooting contest. That means pressuring Alaska into turnovers and scoring in transition. To score big numbers, Pumaren must draw firepower not just from Sullinger and Cardona. On defense, the Phone Pals might allow Miller his points from the perimeter but can’t afford to give up high percentage interior baskets. Alaska was 0-of-7 from three-point distance in Game 4 but still shot .461 from the floor and won.

For sure, it’ll be another humdinger in the Finals tonight.

* * *

IBF minimumweight champion Florante Condes, the youngest of six children, lost his father to tuberculosis before he turned pro in 2002. He takes care of his mother Juanita whom manager Aljoe Jaro brought from Romblon to live in a Cainta apartment and stay close to her son.

“All Condes thinks of is his family,” said Jaro. “He doesn’t like to spend on himself because he’d rather keep his money to build a house. He doesn’t even own a cellphone. I text his girlfriend Diana, who works in the Cainta municipal hall, for him. Now that he’s a world champion, he hasn’t changed. He commutes from Binangonan and Cainta to visit his mother. He’s very hard-working. Once, I saw him working out in the gym at midnight because he couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to waste the time. He can lift 190 pounds, that’s why he’s so strong.”

Condes had a brief amateur career and was brought by boxing referee Rudy Dalisay to Jaro who took a chance on the hard-hitting slugger. Jaro never regretted taking Condes in.

Condes and Bernabe Concepcion are Jaro’s prized protégés. The fighters live in Jaro’s home in Binangonan. Concepcion, 19, is unbeaten in two US bouts so far and will meet Gabriel Elizondo for the vacant North American Boxing Federation superbantamweight title in the Erik Morales-David Diaz undercard in Chicago on Aug. 4.

* * *

Last year, Lebanon played two tune-up games against the Philippine team here before leaving for Saitama to compete at the World Basketball Championships. With coach Paul Coughter at the helm, Lebanon lost both contests, 94-75 and 105-100.

Guard Rony Fahed said the two losses were foremost in his mind when Lebanon played the Philippines at the recent Jones Cup in Taipei. Revenge was his motivation as he banked in the triple that lifted Lebanon to a 65-62 squeaker at the buzzer.

Lebanon finished second in the Jones Cup with a 6-3 record, losing only to Jordan (72-68), the US (81-70) and Chinese-Taipei (78-77 in OT). The Philippines wound up third by virtue of a superior quotient over Iran, South Korea, the US and Chinese-Taipei whose records were identical 5-4. In eighth spot was Qatar (3-6). Kazakhstan (2-7) finished ninth and Japan (2-7), last.

gameface_one
07-17-2007, 09:32 AM
There’s nothing MVP about Miller



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph



FROM BRILLIANT to mediocre.


That’s how swift the transformation of Willie Miller’s performance during Games 4 and 5 of the title series between Alaska Milk and Talk ’N Text in the PBA Fiesta Cup.

Two days after he celebrated his 30th birthday which he highlighted by winning his second MVP award and leading Alaska to a thrilling 86-82, Miller was a pathetic sight on the floor Sunday.

He was but a shadow of his self in Game 4 where he knocked in 29 points, including 10 in the fourth that fueled their comeback.

In a game many thought would be the turning point of the series, Miller scored six points and the Aces thus absorbed a 104-107 defeat.

The 5-foot-10 Miller played 33 minutes, but his presence on the court failed to create an impact. It was a forgettable one – except for one undergoal shot that reminded everyone of his talent.

But it wasn’t a case of miserable shooting. He shot 2-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. Rather, it was more of not wanting to shoot the ball and take over, which was a total turnaround from his previous performance.

Even Alaska coach Tim Cone had a hard time dissecting what went wrong with their game, particularly in Miller’s performance.

"We didn’t get a whole lot from Willie," said Cone.

"He’s got to be careful that he doesn’t get satisfied with that MVP award. Being an MVP means showing up every night. He (Miller) had a hard time getting his game together," he added.

Coming in to the Game 5, Miller was averaging 24 points per game. It was the first time that he failed to score in double digit in the series.

Talk ‘N Text’s flamboyant guard Mark Cardona, the Best Player of the Conference and Miller former apprentice when they were still Pals teammates last season, is consistently scoring 20.8 per night.

For the Aces to send the series into a winner-take-all Game 7, Miller must step up big.

If not, Cone and the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned franchise would be kissing goodbye to their title bid.

Cone hopes that a two-day rest will be enough for Miller to recover his deadly touch.

The Aces desperately need it.

gameface_one
07-24-2007, 09:28 AM
PBA MVP: Valuable, valueless?


By Recah Trinidad
Inquirer
Last updated 08:50am (Mla time) 07/23/2007


ONLY a few victory balloons trickled tired from the roof area, but PBA commissioner Noli Eala could not conceal his glee.

He flashed a sweet holiday smile, a kid who woke up with his dream Christmas package at bedside.

Eala wasted no time to congratulate and thank everybody.

He had every reason to feel incredibly great, a lot gladder than Alaska coach Tim Cone and team owner Wilfred Uytengsu combined.

* * *

In the first place, how could a conference bereft of the league's biggest superstars culminate into one of the most memorable tournaments in PBA history?

Spectators who normally headed for the exits after the final buzzer stayed behind for the awards to savor some of basketball's sweetest moments.

For the Alaska Aces, mainly a group of discards woven painstakingly into a championship outfit, the decade-long wait to land another championship was worth the long wait.

The 2007 Fiesta Conference felt as grand as their first PBA silverware.
For coach Cone, everything again felt brand new 20 pounds later after his first PBA title victory.

* * *

Enough of these words from the sponsors.

Repeat: It was more than Eala could ask for after the great sacrifices in forming the RP national team that will now gun for an Olympic berth.

The final moments of the Fiesta Finals, in short, were beyond the commissioner's expectations.

Of course, there were other serious intangibles and hidden plays that Eala, together with league managers, should start tackling. For one, was the MVP trophy big enough for Willie Miller, who was mainly responsible for pushing the best-of-seven title series to the limit? You see, the value of Miller in helping Alaska win the Finals series with his brilliant plays could easily be measured through statistics. * * * But it's also worth asking how Alaska could've lost Game 5 of the championship playoffs if Miller was not totally valueless and did not play an opposite role in that very crucial game.

From 29 points in Game 4 down to a silly 6 points in Game 5, then back with 36 points in the succeeding game, before going full throttle in the title-clinching match.

Indeed in Game 5, Miller appeared as though he had shown up with the wrong pair of shoes--both left side--or someone coming off from an hernia operation.

He was very willing to go the wrong way, in the direction of his guard. For the record, coach Tim Cone would later make public his disdain, while knowledgeable fans clucked their tongues again. * * * Well, you are free to call those inadequacies committed by Miller in Game 5 honest mistakes. But it's also worth noting that it was not the first time this talented guard had figured in that stinking on-game mess. Yes, why was he discarded by his first pro club? There ought to be an answer behind these mysteries.

Did Miller play his best in the last PBA championship series? For the record, Miller was a real gem in Game 7 last Friday when he slashed the middle for a decisive twinner, then swiped the ball off the riveting Mac Cardona before setting up Rosell Ellis for an easy basket in the breathless homestretch.

Willie Boy, our neighbor here in Mandaluyong, indeed deserved all the accolades and the bonus for those great heroics.

* * *

But then, how could they thank Miller enough after he played hooky in Game 5 to help produce one of the most memorable basketball theaters in the land? Do they call in the grizzled son of a tycoon who's openly rumored to have a gangster grip on some buyable PBA stars? OK, Miller is only human. He can't be expected to play super 365 days a year.

But when one reliable superstar also proves to be the Most Valueless Player in a crucial game, shouldn't he also be given a distinct tag? Maybe a lifestyle check could go a long way in solving the growing mess.

They ought to clear Miller of the dirty suspicions because the PBA, in the first place, is not run by the Comelec.

It's Noli Eala, not Ben Abalos of Mandaluyong, who's in charge in the pro league.

cricohermoso
07-24-2007, 05:36 PM
PBA MVP: Valuable, valueless?
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But then, how could they thank Miller enough after he played hooky in Game 5 to help produce one of the most memorable basketball theaters in the land? Do they call in the grizzled son of a tycoon who's openly rumored to have a gangster grip on some buyable PBA stars? OK, Miller is only human. He can't be expected to play super 365 days a year.

But when one reliable superstar also proves to be the Most Valueless Player in a crucial game, shouldn't he also be given a distinct tag? Maybe a lifestyle check could go a long way in solving the growing mess.

They ought to clear Miller of the dirty suspicions because the PBA, in the first place, is not run by the Comelec.

It's Noli Eala, not Ben Abalos of Mandaluyong, who's in charge in the pro league.


I don't know how to go with this "allegation" by Recah Trinidad. Basta ang alam ko kaya pinakawalan ni Yeng Guiao si Miller eh benta daw si Miller (does that go with Tugade and Villanueva too?). I might be wrong though.

Mahirap rin that if you're a goat in a game, people might accuse you of selling the game. Mahirap din. Remember Villanueva of that Ateneo-La Salle game 3 in 2001? He only scored 5 points then.

Still, kudos to Miller for making up for his game 5 boo-boo. :)

Howard the Duck
07-24-2007, 08:59 PM
the fact na talo ang alaska noong game 5 na walang ginawa si miller means siya ang MVP ng finals ;)