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  1. Old-timers game at the sm moa arena

    Here are the player profiles of the PBA and NBA squads in the Old-timers Game to be held on July 18 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

    PHILIPPINE ALL-STARS (PBA LEGENDS)

    PLAYERS

    ISABELO LASTIMOSA … A high-leaping 6-foot guard-forward … This native of Cagayan de Oro City won the PBA Rookie of the Year award with the Purefoods Hotdog in 1988 … He played an integral role in Alaska’s Gram Slam finish in 1996 and was a three-time member of the PBA’s Mythical First Team and Mythical Second Team … The seventh all-time leading scorer in PBA history, he is one of only 16 players ever to score 10,000 or more points during a distinguished 15-year career with Purefoods, Alaska, Pop Cola and Coca-Cola … A member of the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team that captured the bronze medal during the Bangkok Asian Games … One of the 25 greatest players in PBA history, Isabelo “Jojo” Lastimosa.

    JERRY CODINERA … A boyish-looking 6-foot-5 center out of the University of the East who was known for his shot-blocking ability during his heyday … This 17-year PBA veteran played with Purefoods, Mobiline, Talk ‘N Text and FedEx from 1988 to 2005 … A member of the exclusive 10,000-point career list who was named to the All-Defensive Team a league-high nine times … He also is the third all-time leading rebounder and top offensive rebounder in PBA history … One of the 25 greatest players in PBA history, the Defense Minister, Jerry Codiñera.

    KENNETH DUREMDES … A sharp-shooting 6-foot-3 guard-forward from Koronadal, South Cotabato who is a product of Adamson University … This 13-year PBA veteran saw action with Sunkist, Pop Cola, Alaska, Sta. Lucia and Coca-Cola from 1995 to 2008 and earned league Most Valuable Player honors in 1998 with Alaska … A member of the Philippine national team to the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games … Another member of the elite list of the 25 greatest players in PBA history, “Captain Marbel” Kenneth Duremdes.

    LUIS MANUEL LOCSIN … A native of Bacolod City who starred at De La Salle University in college … This heavily-built but quick-moving 6-3 power forward saw action with seven clubs (Tondeña, Ginebra, Gordon’s Gin, Pop Cola, Tanduay, Red Bull, Talk ‘N Text, Sta. Lucia and Alaska) from 1994 to 2005 … Dubbed as “The Tank” for his unstoppable bulldozing drives to the basket, Luis Manuel “Noli” Locsin.

    RENE HAWKINS JR. … A muscle-bound 6-foot-4 power forward with sleek post-up moves and deadly perimeter shooting … This product of Perpetual Help-Rizal played 14 seasons in the PBA with Tivoli, Presto, Sta. Lucia, Alaska, Tanduay and Coca-Cola from 1991 to 2006 … A member of Alaska’s Grand Slam team in 1996 who was named to PBA Mythical First Team twice, Rene “Bong” Hawkins Jr.

    VINCE HIZON … A 6-foot-2 forward-guard who traces his Filipino roots to Davao City … This popular cager saw action with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 1993 before trying his luck in the PBA the following year … Known for his impeccable three-point shooting, this Fil-American played seven seasons in the PBA with Purefoods, Ginebra and Red Bull until 2003 … “The Prince” Vincent “Vince” Hizon.

    MARLO AQUINO … A hulking 6-foot-9 center who played college ball at Adamson University … This Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan native was selected by Ginebra San Miguel with the No. 1 choice in the entire 1996 PBA draft … He was named 1996 PBA Rookie of the Rookie Year after leading the league in rebounding and blocked shots and ranking third in scoring … A member of the Philippine national team in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games, this defensive specialist played 15 seasons in the PBA until his retirement with Meralco in 2011 as the league’s fifth all-time leading shot-blocker … “The Skyscrapper” Marlou Aquino.

    E.J. FEIHL … A giant of a center at 7-foot-1 … This Cainta, Rizal native attended the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University, and was chosen by Ginebra San Miguel with the second pick in the 1995 PBA draft … He played 12 seasons in the PBA from 1995 to 2007 with five clubs and was a member of the Philippine national squad to the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games … Edward Joseph “E.J.” Feihl.

    BAL DAVID … A speedy guard with a steady touch from the perimeter … This 5-foot-9 guard saw action with the multi-champion University of Santo Tomas during his collegiate days … As a pro, he is among the few to have played his entire PBA career with one franchise, suiting up for Ginebra San Miguel for nine seasons from 1996 to 2005 … “The Flash” Bal David Jr..

    NELSON ASAYTONO … A hefty 6-foot-3 power forward from Oriental Mindoro whose strong leap and brute force made him almost unstoppable once he got the ball inside the paint … This University of Manila product played 17 ...
  2. Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self

    Don Allado - who is as far removed from being an Ateneo Blue Eagle as you could possibly get :-p but I'm going to write about him, anyway - has landed himself in some very hot water following a couple of Tweets about what I understand to be an alleged policy of game-rigging in the PBA. It seems that he cooled down since he made those posts, because he has since deleted them, retracted his statements, and publicly apologized to the league. Unfortunately, the damage has been done, and Mr. Allado has as of this writing been meted a fine of P0.5 million and a conference-long suspension.

    I'm not at all qualified to comment on whether or not he was telling the truth. Whether or not there really is something rotten in the state of the PBA - and it would be very serious business indeed if there were - is not the focus of this post. This post is all about why you should be careful what you do or say online or in public, because your big mouth just might come back to bite you on the patootie.

    Almost every day, I come across articles online about this or that public figure (and professional athletes figure very prominently in the mix) drawing flak for some ill-advised remark that would then require damage control. Or about how that naughty photo on Facebook just might cause you, the ordinary job-seeker, a job offer. And, of course, years of posting and modding on blogs and online fora have also taught me - from my own mistakes as well as from other people's - how important it is to watch what you say and how you say it.

    It's clear from all of those things I mentioned that social networking is still a new thing, even after all these years, and we still need to figure out how to use it properly. The Internet makes it very easy for anyone to gain an audience, so it is clearly very useful for people who are very upset and want to vent to any like-minded individuals who might be out there (as I imagine Mr. Allado was, and intended to do, when he posted those Tweets). Unfortunately, the Internet also makes it easy for this convenient audience to know when someone makes a mistake, and virtually impossible to 100% take back anything that might have been said wrong and/or misinterpreted. Therefore, so long as the Internet exists, there will always be a risk that someone out there will come across that Tweet/photo/post/whatever, and think you are stupid/ugly/racist/homophobic/whatever even if you are probably a decent person in real life. Even if you hide behind a username, as I do, you are accountable for everything you post online (and allow to be posted in connection to you).

    Add to this the fact that Mr. Allado is a public figure, which makes his audience much bigger and therefore places him under closer scrutiny than your average dude on the street. Furthermore, he is a prominent professional athlete and thus represents a team, a community, a league, and all the people connected to these entities (who now have to start everything they say with a disclaimer that Mr. Allado's sentiments do not necessarily reflect their own, or that of their organization*).

    (The situations are not the same, but this incident reminds me of the 2010 brouhaha when Rabeh Al-Hussaini publicly voiced his disappointment about not being drafted first by the PBA. I'm not saying he didn't have any right to be disappointed, but the incident did not make him look good and could have been a liability, especially so early in his pro career. That really affected me, because I was job-hunting at the time - and is also why I read all those articles about how poor Netiquette can hurt your job prospects. I'm also reminded of Jai Reyes Tweeting about game-fixing in the ABL, which he also retracted and apologized for. And chances are I'll still find articles about these things somewhere, if I wasn't too lazy to do so.)

    You take a big risk whenever you publicly mouth off about your employer - and being a celebrity is just like any other job. If you have a legitimate concern, then act in a manner that will get you taken seriously - and it's probably in your best interests to be discreet. Otherwise, you're going to have to find more constructive ways of venting your frustrations. (I hear Bejeweled is great for relieving stress.)

    Someone once described the Internet - or maybe just the forum where this statement was posted - as a place where you could just kick back and fling crap around. (That's not a direct quote, but I clearly remember the "crap" part.) Ideally, the Internet is indeed a place where people are welcome to learn and have fun, but crap-flinging is for less evolved creatures.

    And just in case anyone is thinking about accusing me of flinging crap around, let me clarify that I am not comparing Mr. Allado to a less evolved creature. I've tried my best to see things from his side, and I like to believe that his public expressions of regret ...

    Updated 07-06-2012 at 07:48 AM by 5FootCarrot

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  3. UAAP SEASON 75: *"CALL ME MAYBE" EVEN BEFORE IT STARTS ON JULY 14

    For four minutes of thrill or fame, anyone can post his/her own “Call Me Maybe” video on Youtube.

    “Call Me Maybe” is the hit song of 2012 with lyrics so simple yet catchy that has quickly propelled Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to the top of the international music charts.

    To produce your own crazy video with Jepsen’s music in the background can be nice and fun for the young generation. *Often enough, their creative juices know no boundaries. *Bless them all for making a video of themselves as they really just “wanna have fun.” *Just like Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, gusto ko rin happy sila.

    There are some videos that can be very irritating and “corny,” though. *For one, self-made “Call Me Maybe” videos by local artists/entertainers of the KSP (Kulang Sa Pansin) variety turn me off instantly.

    My favorite “Call Me Maybe” video is the one that ABS-CBN Sports has produced for the star athletes of UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) Season 75, which commences action on Saturday, July 14, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    The Shoemart Group of Companies owns the MOA. *And National University, the host of this year’s UAAP competitions, is also owned by one of the sons of the venerable SM patriach Henry Sy.

    The Call Me Maybe” UAAP video is quite amusing, cool, and entertaining. **If there existed a list of the Philippines’ funniest video, this one should rate highly.

    The four-minute UAAP video showed the “lighter” side of the young, athletic gentlemen, some of whom are actually still in their teens (age 18 years or less) and look awfully shy with the bright camera lights so close to them.

    The video featured selected players from the eight member schools – “five-peat” title-seeking Ateneo de Manila University, National University, Far Eastern University, University of the East, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Adamson University and the University of the Philippines.

    It was fun to see three former high school standouts from my alma mater Xavier School – Jeric Teng (US), Jett Manuel (UP) and college rookie Jeron Teng (DLSU) – showing a bit of their fancy footwork (on the dance floor) and clowning prowess.

    I am pretty sure the “Call Me Maybe” UAAP video would have reached one million hits or more by the time this column comes out.

    Is the video one of ABS-CBN Sports’ promotional campaigns for the 2012 UAAP wars?

    If, indeed, it is, I doff my hats to them. **For once, it got my family and relatives reunited.

    Finally, my Kapuso (loved ones) and Kapatid (brothers and sisters) have agreed to come together and attend the Kapamilya party that is the upcoming UAAP festivities (on Studio 23 TV).

    This early, my choices for the UAAP Final Four are: *1-Ateneo de Manila University, 2-National University, 3-Far Eastern University, and 4- a toss-up among the University of the East, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University. *

    With due respect to the Oblation, I have the University of the Philippines pegged at eighth and last.
  4. Rp hoops: After 40 years, olympic dream remains unfulfilled

    I still cannot get over the fact that it has been forty years since the Philippines last qualified for the men’s basketball tournament in the Summer Olympics.

    The Filipino cagers last suited up in the Olympics during the 1972 Munich Games.

    Admittedly, the establishment of a local professional basketball league – the Philippine Basketball Association – in 1975 prevented the country from sending its best players to any FIBA (International Basketball Association)-sanctioned competition such as the Olympics and World Cup of Basketball (formerly called the World Basketball Championship) for nearly two decades because of the games’ amateur status.

    Then again, the FIBA’s “open basketball” policy, which no longer distinguishes an amateur from a pro, has been in existence since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

    The truth of the matter is that international basketball has advanced by leaps and bounds through the years while Philippine hoops – despite the acquisition of Filipino-foreigners – has not progressed as fast as its high-profile Asian counterparts, let alone emerging contenders from outside the continent.

    If it’s any consolation, the Pinoys remain the basketball kingpins at the South East Asian level until now.

    * * *

    The Philippines has earned a berth in Olympic men’s basketball on seven occasions.

    These came in Berlin in 1936 (fifth place, 4-1 record); London in 1948 (12th, 4-4); Helsinki in 1952 (tied for ninth to 16th, 3-2); Melbourne in 1956 (seventh, 4-4 – where all-time Filipino cage great Carlos Loyzaga once faced American Bill Russell, who later was to become the winningest player in National Basketball Association history with 11 championships in 12 Finals trips during his 13-year NBA career), during in the tournament); Rome in 1960 (11th, 4-4); Mexico in 1968 (13th, 3-6); and Munich in 1972 (13th, 3-6).

    There were no Olympic Games in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II. It resumed in 1948 in London, which will be hosting the multi-sport quadrennial competitions once again late this month.

    During the inaugural 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Filipinos, who were captained by Ambrosio Padilla (who later became a Senator), settled for fifth place among the 21 participating teams even though they lost only once in five appearances.

    The Philippines drew a bye in the first round. It edged Mexico, 32-30, in the second round and blasted Estonia, 39-22, in the round of 14.

    In the knockout quarterfinals, the United States sent the Filipinos out of medal contention with an emphatic 56-23 decision (28-20 at halftime).

    In their first assignment during the classification phase, our boys crushed Italy, 32-14, to advance to the 5th-6th-place game where the Philippines defeated Uruguay, 33-23.

    The Philippines’ fifth-place performance remains the highest finish ever by an Asian country in Olympic men’s basketball history.

    United States whipped Canada, 19-8, in the gold-medal game while Mexico (which the Philippines beat in the second round) knocked off Poland, 26-12, for the bronze.

    Aside from Padilla, who later won a seat in the Philippine Senate, the members of the 1936 contingent were Charles Borck, Jacinto Ciria Cruz, Franco Marquicias, Primitivo Martinez, Jesus Marzan, Amador Obordo, Bibiano Ouano, John Worrell and Fortunato Yambao.

    Head coach of the team was Dionisio (Chito) Calvo.
  5. Hoopster 742

    Three wildcard berths to the men’s basketball tournament in the upcoming London Olympics are at stake in the 12-team FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas,Venezuela from July 2-8.

    This is the first time that Venezuela is hosting a major international basketball tournament, having beaten Angola,Macedonia and Lithuania for the hosting rights.

    The twelve participating countries have been divided into four groups of three each.

    In Group A are Greece, Puerto Rico and Jordan. In Group B are Nigeria, Lithuania and Venezuela.

    In Group C are Russia, the Dominican Republic and South Korea. In Group D are Macedonia, New Zealand and Angola.

    The preliminary phase will have a round-robin format.

    The top two teams from each group will advance to the single-game knockout quarterfinals. The matchups for the quarterfinals will be A1 vs. B2, B1 vs. A2, C1 vs. D2 and D1 vs. C2.

    The semifinal pairings will be A1/B2 vs. C1/D2 and B1/A2 vs. D1/C2. The semifinal winners will earn spots in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament that will be held in London for the first time since 1948.

    The semifinal losers will play each other for the third and last Olympic qualifying berth. No championship game will be held.

    In opening-day games, the two Asian representatives were clobbered by their opponents. Greece blasted Jordan, 107-63, and Russia whitewashed South Korea, 91-56.

    So far, nine countries have punched tickets to the 12-team Olympic men’s basketball competitions from July 28-August 12.

    A draw had earlier held to determine the members of each of the two groupings.

    In Group A are Argentina, France, Tunisia, the United States, OQT (Olympic Qualifying Tournament) 1 and OQ 2. In Group B are Australia, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, host Great Britain, Spain and OQT 3.

    Argentina (Americas), Tunisia (Africa), Australia (Oceania),Spain EuroBasket) and People’s Republic of China (Asia)topped the FIBA qualifying tournaments in their respective zones to earn slots in the London Olympiad.

    The United States, which will be employing NBA stars for the sixth consecutive Olympics since the Barcelona Games in 1992(that featured the original Dream Team), is an automatic qualifier because of their status as the reigning World champion (and not as the defending Olympic gold medalist).

    Despite not qualifying from the European zone, Great Britain has been allowed to compete by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) due to its status as host of the quadrennial multi-sports spectacle.

    France and Brazil also secured Olympic berths following their runner-up finishes in the EuroBasket and Tournament of the Americas, respectively.

    The Philippines narrowly missed a trip to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela following a 70-68 loss to South Korea in the battle for third place during the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.
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