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  1. #41
    San Mig coach Cone in no rush to break in Sangalang and Co.

    From: Richard Dy

    November 8, 2013, 01:49 pm

    SAN Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone is not in a hurry to break in the team’s four rookies with almost just a week left before the new season of the PBA formally kicks off.

    Along with deputy Johnny Abarrientos, Cone is taking his time to teach the basics of the Mixers’ trademark triangle offense to new acquisitions Ian Sangalang, Isaac Holstein, Justin Melton, and JR Cawaling (30th).

    And so far, Cone is impressed with the way the four freshmen are picking up the basic points of the team’s system.

    “We’re not worried about looking at their (four rookies) skills. We know what they can do. It’s just a matter of giving them some basic understanding on the triangle so that when the regular players show up on Monday, they won’t be disruptive,” Cone told

    Of the four, only Holstein was acquired by the Mixers via the trade deal. The team dealt 10th pick Justine Chua and veteran small forward Leo Najorda to Globalport in exchange for the 6-foot-7 Holstein on Tuesday.

    Cone is aware expectations are high on his rookie players especially Sangalang, a one-time NCAA Most Valuable Player selected No. 2 overall.

    But the multi-titled mentor isn’t putting any pressure on his rookies to made an immediate impact in the season-opening Philippine Cup.

    “We got an intact team so if our rookies are not ready after a week (of practice), it will just be fine. We’ll try to bring them along,” added Cone, fresh from steering the Mixers to the Governors Cup championship.

    Cone believes intact teams, particularly defending All-Filipino champion Talk ‘N Text and Petron, have the edge this conference due to minor changes they had in their respective rosters.

    “Teams that got to be intact are the teams with the biggest advantage this season and I think, Talk ‘N Text and Petron didn’t make many changes. So they will have a really good start and will have the edge,” he said.

  2. #42
    Drafted players still allowed to suit up in D-League

    From: Reuben Terrado

    November 5, 2013, 07:35 pm

    PLAYERS drafted in the PBA will still be allowed to suit up in the ongoing PBA D-League Aspirants Cup until they are signed by their respective mother ballclubs.

    Tournament director Eric Castro said there’s no rule prohibiting drafted players from seeing action in the D-League with at least two weeks to go before the 39th season of Asia’s maiden pro league gets underway.

    “Wala naman tayong rules na nagbabawal doon,” said Castro.

    Instead of its usual August date, the Annual Draft was deferred to last Sunday to give way to the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship.

    Several of the rookie players drafted noticeably saw action for their respective D-League teams Monday and Tuesday, among them includes Blackwater Sports’ Justin Chua (Globalport) and Robby Celiz (Talk ‘N Text), Café France’s Eloy Poligrates (Talk ‘N Text), Ping Exciminiano (Alaska), Jens Knuttel (Barangay Ginebra), and Mike Parala (Meralco), and Cagayan Valley’s Mark Bringas (Meralco).

    Chua even played a key role in the Elite’s 87-85 victory over Boracay Rum as he scored a team-high 15 points, including a crucial three-pointer late in the game.

    Castro said he is assuming D-League players will only be prevented from suiting up with their respective teams after they have signed a contract since being drafted alone doesn’t guarantee them of slots with their mother ballclubs in the pro league.

    “Hangga’t hindi pa sila nakakapirma sa PBA, puwede pa sila maglaro sa D-League,” Castro said.

  3. #43
    Garcia ripe for the PBA while Romeo needs to blend in, says coach Racela

    From: Reuben Terrado

    October 18, 2013, 05:35 pm

    NASH Racela doesn’t expect a reunion with Far Eastern University players Terrence Romeo or RR Garcia at Talk `N Text after the coming PBA annual draft.

    Racela, the Tamaraws mentor who also serves as deputy of coach Norman Black, doesn’t see either the two still available by the time the Tropang Texters get their chance to pick in the second round of the November 3 draft.

    “Oo, siyempre,” said Racela, when asked if he would be advising Talk 'N Text to pick either of the two if, for some reason, the two UAAP MVPs are still available when Texters' turn to pick comes.

    So confident is Racela of his former stars' worth that he said some teams did not do their homework if either of the two do not get picked in the first round.

    “Pero kung umabot sila sa amin, may problema ‘yung ibang teams. Mawawalan sila ng trabaho,” said the brother of San Mig Coffee assistant coach Olsen Racela.

    This year’s draft just got interesting after Romeo’s last-minute application hours before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. Garcia, his backcourt partner with the Tamaraws, already submitted his application a few days ago.

    Racela believes Romeo and Garcia are certain first-round picks, stressing the two high-scoring guards are now PBA-ready based on their skills.

    “RR has really matured in terms of playmaking skills. Terrence has the skills also pero even though kailangan pa niya ng konting maturity, nakikita ko na rin na he is slowly getting there,” said the FEU coach.

    Racela said Garcia will have no problem adjusting to the PBA due to his experience of playing for the entire five years in the UAAP, and a few more with the national team and the D-League.

    “I don’t think RR will have a hard time because of NLEX and Gilas. So I think RR will be okay,” Racela said.

    The young coach had praised Romeo in the recent UAAP season for showing more willingness to play under a team concept.

    But now that he’ll be playing with the best of the best, Racela said the reigning UAAP MVP will definitely have to share the ball even more.

    “Part of the maturity (process) is to play under a team concept especially now that the PBA has really talented players. Ang importante is maging effective siya kasama nung mga magagaling,” said Racela.

  4. #44
    Rodriguez fails to crack RoS roster

    Cebu Daily News

    8:09 am | Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    WHILE one Cebuano hoop dream came true, another fell by the wayside as former University of the Visayas superstar Jayford Rodriguez failed to crack the final roster of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup.

    This development was known yesterday after the teams bared their respective lineups and only one Rodriguez was penned in by head coach Yeng Guiao’s team – power forward Larry Rodriguez.

    In contrast, Eliud Poligrates impressed head coach Norman Black and Talk N Text officials enough to make it to the team’s official roster, thereby putting a happy ending to a journey that saw the flashy guard from Camotes Island nearly quit basketball after he was banned from the Cesafi back in 2009.

    Poligrates reportedly signed a two-year deal after making a good account of himself during the preseason games, wherein he averaged 14 points in outings against Air21 and GlobalPort.

    For Rodriguez, the odyssey continues even after he was selected 19th overall by Rain or Shine in the recent PBA Draft. Unfortunately, he joined an Elasto Painters team that already had a glut of guards and wingmen, not to mention the selections of highly-touted rookies Alex Nuyles and Jeric Teng and an already-established core of Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Chris Tiu, Ryan Arana, Jireh Ibanes, Paul Lee and Ty Tang.

  5. #45
    Dilemma for Narvasa as he sits on KIA-San Miguel trade proposal amid fury from fans

    From: Jan Ballesteros October 24, 2017, 05:15 pm

    PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said on Tuesday he's still in the process of evaluating a controversial KIA-San Miguel trade proposal that, if approved, would send the top pick in the rookie draft to the Beermen for a bunch of rarely used reserve players.

    Narvasa said he is in communication with officials of the two teams as he decides on whether to approve, veto, or call for a revision of a trade that has come under heavy fire from media and fans alike.

    "I'm talking to (KIA official) Bobby Rosales and (SMC sports director) Alfrancis Chua and we'll see how it goes," said Narvasa.

    The league chieftain said there are a lot of things to take into consideration before making a final decision on the deal that could bring Fil-German prospect Christian Standhardinger to an already loaded SMB team alongside four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.

    In return, the Picanto, in the trade's current form, are supposed to get bench-warmers like Keith Agovida, Rashawn McCarthy, JayR Reyes, or other rarely used veterans.

    Narvasa specifically pointed to the ballclubs' right to chart their own path balanced with the need to maintain parity in the league.

    "People say it?s about parity of the league," the second-year commissioner said. "But people have the same right as anybody else in the team to decide their fate."

    "They should be responsible for whatever comes from it. We have to consider also their position and the effect it has on the league,? he added.

    Narvasa assured that whatever move he makes will only be for the good of the 42-year-old league.

    "At the end of the day, it has to be about what?s good for the PBA, families themselves, and the teams themselves," he said.

    The former Shell and Purefoods coach said a verdict will be made before the rookie draft on Sunday at the Robinsons Place Ermita since a trade will weigh heavily on the selections of the teams involved.

    "I think (we'll come up with the decision) before the draft," he said.

  6. #46
    KIA letting go of no. 1 overall pick for three San Miguel players in pre-draft trade

    From: Gerry Ramos October 21, 2017, 03:05 pm

    San Miguel sent three players to Kia in exchange for the top pick in the upcoming draft, which could be Gilas stalwart Christian Standhardinger

    The Picanto has struck a rather controversial deal with powerhouse San Miguel to trade away the top overall pick in this year's PBA rookie draft in exchange for role players JayR Reyes, Keith Agovida, and rookie Rashawn McCarthy, learned from multiple sources on Saturday.

    Gilas stalwart and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is the consensus top pick for this year's draft set Oct. 29 at the Robinson's Place in Ermita.

    Trade papers had already been submitted to the Commissioner's Office and remains unofficial pending the approval by commissioner Chito Narvasa.

    Sources said trade terms had already been revised after the league vetoed an earlier proposal made by both teams.

    Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy later confirmed the move, which according to him will further tarnish the image of the league if it will be approved.

    "Commissioner Narvasa should do his role to balance the league," he said in a text message. "It?s already obvious KIA can't afford to manage a competitive team in the PBA."

    This is the second time in three years KIA is giving away its first round draft pick.

    In 2015, it traded away the no. 2 overall pick to TnT Katropa for former Gilas member Aldrech Ramos and veteran KG Canaleta. The Katropa used the pick to tab Troy Rosario.

    Ramos and Canaleta's stint with KIA lasted for just a year as they were likewise shipped to other teams prior to this season.

    Other players the four-year franchise has traded in the course of the season include Bradwyn Guinto, Paolo Taha, Karl Dehesa, Alex Mallari, and Mike Digregorio.

    The contract of playing-coach Manny Pacquiao had also expired and the boxing great already decided to part ways with the team.

    It's lineup decimated following the series of trades, the Picanto limped home with a 6-27 (win-loss) record this season including an 0-11 slate in the Governors Cup that assured the franchise of getting this year's top pick.

  7. #47
    Uytengsu says controversial KIA-SMB trade defeats very purpose of PBA rookie draft

    From: Gerry Ramos October 25, 2017, 06:08 pm

    ONE of the most outspoken team owners ever in the PBA has spoken once more.

    Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu expressed concern over what he and fellow team owners perceived as a one-sided trade involving KIA and San Miguel that is seeking approval from the Commissioner's Office.

    Uytengsu, a former league chairman, said the idea of the draft is to strengthen weaker teams, which he said won't be the case if the deal between the Picanto and Beermen is allowed to push through.

    "The purpose of the draft is to strengthen the weaker teams. However, what we have seen lately is these weaker teams end up selling their top draft picks because if you look at who is being traded in return, it clearly doesn't make basketball sense for the weaker teams, unless there is other consideration," said Uytengsu in a statement on Wednesday.

    Under the proposed trade submitted to the Commissioner's Office last week, KIA is dealing the top overall pick in this year's draft for a slew of rarely used San Miguel reserves.

    Initially, the Beermen were set to give away Jay-R Reyes, Keith Agovida, and Rashawn McCarthy. Later, the deal was revised and now involved veterans Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, and Gabby Espinas, as well as McCarthy.

    Big Fil-German and Gilas stalwart Christian Standhardinger is the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

    Narvasa on Tuesday said he's considering a lot of factors and has already talked to the parties concerned ? Alfrancis Chua for SMC and Bobby Rosales for KIA.

    "At the end of the day, it has to be about what's good for the PBA families themselves, and the teams themselves," he said during the final day of the Rookie Draft Combine at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

    But Uytengsu still has his doubts.

    "There is already a lot of doubt about KIA benefiting financially if this trade were to go through, and you have to wonder if they are even making the league minimum salary cap."

    Uytengsu also questioned how both San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra managed to stack up former first-round draft picks without going over the league salary cap.

    He mentioned four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Alex Cabagnot for the Beermen and the likes of Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, and Kevin Ferrer for the Kings, making him wonder if both franchises don?t go over the ceiling as far as players' salaries are concerned.

    "It's difficult to comprehend how a team can fit within the team salary cap, paying those players all at approved maximum PBA salaries, while still maintaining a strong sixth through eighth players. I've done the math and it doesn't work," said Uytengsu.

    According to the Alaska team owner, San Miguel has won five championships in the last three years while Ginebra, TnT Katropa, and Rain or Shine won one each. That made it 6-of-8 for the SMC Group - or a high 75 winning percentage.

    He added San Miguel is expected to get even stronger should it acquire the rights to Standhardinger despite having won two of the three conferences staked this season.

    But the Alaska executive is still giving Narvasa the benefit of the doubt, saying he expects him to eventually make a fair decision on the trade.

    "The commissioner's responsibility is to enforce league rules such as the salary cap (team and individual), as well as ensure that dubious trades are not allowed," he said. "So I'm trusting he will do the right thing for the PBA."

  8. #48
    The 2017 PBA Draft Picks by round, from Spin:

    First round:

    1. Christian Standhardinger - SMB
    2. Kiefer Ravena - NLEX
    3. Raymar Jose - Blackwater
    4. Jason Perkins - Phoenix
    5. Jeron Teng - Alaska
    6. Rob Herndon - GlobalPort
    7. Rey Nambatac - Rain or Shine
    8. Sydney Onwubere - Phoenix
    9. Lervin Flores - Star
    10. Mac Tallo - TNT
    11. Jon Gabriel - TNT
    12. Jett Manuel - Ginebra

    Second round:

    1. John Grospe - NLEX
    2. Joseph Gabayni - Star
    3. Renz Palma - Blackwater
    4. Julian Sargent - Star
    5. Louie Vigil - San Miguel Beer
    6. Davon Potts - Alaska
    7. Jom Sollano - Rain or Shine
    8. Gwyne Capacio - Star
    9. Jayson Grimaldo - Phoenix
    10. Monbert Arong - TNT Katropa
    11. Wilson Baltazar - Phoenix
    12. Andreas Cahilig - GlobalPort

    Third round:

    1. Chris De Chavez - Kia
    2. Gab Dagangon - NLEX
    3. Biboy Enguio - Blackwater
    4. Dan Sara - Phoenix
    5. Zach Nicholls - GlobalPort
    6. Pass - Alaska
    7. Michael Juico - Rain or Shine
    8. Jed Bulawan - Meralco
    9. Thomas Torres - Star
    10. Dave Moralde - TNT Katropa
    11. Jerome Ortega - San Miguel
    12. Elmer Cabahug - Ginebra

    Fourth round:

    1. Arvie Bringas - Kia
    2. Felix Apreku - NLEX
    3. Kyle Neypes - Blackwater
    4. JK Casi?o - Phoenix
    5. Gian Abrigo - GlobalPort
    6. Pass - Alaska
    7. Pass - Rain or Shine
    8. Pass - Meralco
    9. Pass - Star
    10. Pass - TNT
    11. Joseph Nalos - San Miguel
    12. Pass - Ginebra

    Fifth round:

    1. Christian Geronimo - Kia
    2. Pass - NLEX
    3. Jhon Sumido - Blackwater

  9. #49
    San Miguel seals its twin towers

    By: Randolph B. Leongson - Reporter / / 05:07 AM October 30, 2017

    Christian Standhardinger was selected first overall by San Miguel Beer as expected on Sunday afternoon, and after coming up short in completing the franchise?s second Triple Crown sweep in the recently concluded PBA Season, the Beermen have added a blue-chip material to make another go at it.

    The 6-foot-8 Fil-German joins the star-studded team and will form a lethal twin tower combine with reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo as the Beermen added yet another piece in an effort to extend their dynasty while matching up with sister team and newly minted Governors' Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra's frontline.

    And while San Miguel got bigger, NLEX got the best small man in the 43-man pool as the Road Warriors made heady point guard Kiefer Ravena No. 2 overall, with Blackwater tabbing former Far Eastern U bruiser Raymar Jose at third, Phoenix Petroleum making Jason Perkins the fourth overall pick and Alaska getting the talented Jeron Teng at No. 5.

    Standhardinger is expected to join San Miguel early in the Commissioner's Cup as he will have to play out a live contract with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League, and when he arrives, the Beermen can challenge the Gin Kings' combo of 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar underneath.

    There are no other teams which can talk of at least coming close as far as size is concerned.

    GlobalPort went with Fil-Am wingman Robbie Herndon at sixth, with Rey Nambatac, after being selected seventh, getting reunited with former Letran teammate Raymond Almazan and coach Caloy Garcia at Rain or Shine.

    Phoenix tapped hardworking forward Sidney Onwubere eighth overall with Star also adding some ceiling by picking Lervin Flores ninth.

    TNT KaTropa used the 10th and 11th picks to tab Cebuano guard Mac Tallo of SWU and Colegio de San Lorenzo slotman Jon Gabriel, respectively.

    Ginebra claimed UP slasher Jett Manuel as the 12th pick to round out the first round.

    NLEX continued to add youth to its frontline, tapping JRU forward Ervin Grospe to open the second round.

    Star picked slotman Joseph Gabayni next, Blackwater nabbed slasher Emil Palma, forward Julian Sargent went to Star, while Louie Vigil went to San Miguel.

    Davon Potts was selected by Alaska 18th overall, followed by Jom Sollano, who was tabbed by Rain or Shine.

    Gwynne Capacio (Star), Jayson Grimaldo (Phoenix), Monbert Arong (TNT), Wilson Baltazar (Phoenix), and Andreas Cahilig (GlobalPort) round out the second round picks.

  10. #50
    Austria 'willing to wait' for SMB top pick Standhardinger

    By: Randolph B. Leongson - Reporter / @RLeongsonINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 10:09 AM October 30, 2017

    San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said picking Christian Standhardinger first in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will be worth the wait.

    "I think I've said it before that for a talent like Christian, we're willing to wait even for one or two more years. It's still okay for me as long as we'll have him," Austria said.

    Austria and the Beermen have every reason to want Standhardinger, who won't make his PBA debut until midway through the next season due to his commitments with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League, on the team.

    The Fil-German big man quickly became a hot commodity the moment he bursted into the Philippine basketball scene as a member of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Jones Cup, Fiba Asia Cup and Southeast Asian Games.

    Standhardinger forms a fearsome frontline with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and joins an already stacked roster featuring Mythical First Team members Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Arwind Santos.

    But despite the fanfare surrounding Standhardinger's entry to San Miguel, Austria is still putting a premium on team chemistry.

    "We still don't know yet what we could have from him since he's going to Hong Kong, but once he joins us, we're expecting great things from him. The important thing here and what we're after for is to have good chemistry. It took us a long time to have that and now that we do, it's just a matter of blending him in to our team," he said.

    But based on what Austria had seen so far, it looks like chemistry issues won?t be that much of a problem.

    "Based on what we saw, he's a good fit for our team. He's really a hardworker and that's what we like from him. He could give a lot of help for our team because you know, that's what we're always aiming for. We're always looking for excellence."

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