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  • In the memory of one of the most beloved PBA player in history & one of my most favorite PBA player of all time:

    SAMBOY LIM MGA HULING SANDALI BAGO PUMANAW | SAMBOY LIM PUMANAW NA | CAUSE OF DEATH | RIPDecember 24 2023#samboylim #samboylimpumanawna #samboylimcauseofdeat...


    Paalam Samboy. Thanks for the memories
    "A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power, when you stand before God, you cannot say, 'But I was told by others to do thus,' or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice." - King Baldwin IV

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    • Originally posted by IPC View Post
      Here's an article on Philippine basketball in 2023:

      https://www.rappler.com/sports/gilas...uld-be-played/
      And here's the part on the PBA. Spoiler: It's not positive.

      "The PBA remains the sick league in Asia

      Everyone knows it. Everyone says so. Everyone, except the PBA, which in 2023 continued to live off its past glory even as it could not even muster the crowd attendance that other local and even regional leagues are able to attract on a regular basis.

      The PBA draws a sizable crowd during Manila Clasico games, but how much can the league really milk a Barangay Ginebra-Magnolia matchup? The only other times the PBA experienced sell-out crowds was when Ginebra played the Bay Area Dragons in the Commissioner’s Cup finals earlier this year.

      That the PBA needs a guest team to gain fan interest already is telling.

      The league has long been left behind by more progressive professional leagues in Asia like the Japan B. League and the Korean Basketball League. The list of Filipinos who have decided to take their talents to Japan and Korea reads like a veritable who’s who. The quality of players who have joined the exodus to these foreign leagues is enough to form a really strong Gilas Pilipinas national team. Not only do they get paid more, but they also get to play in higher level leagues whose integrity has not yet been tarnished.

      Still, the PBA refuses to admit there is something wrong and holds on to the illusion that it is still the gold standard of professional basketball. Not even Gilas’ gold-medal title conquest in the Asian Games can negate the fact that the PBA has fallen behind primarily due to its lack of imagination and stubborn refusal to mend its old ways.

      And so the league continues to be ruled by teams belonging to major blocs, while the rest of the field make do with the few marquee players who have not yet been snagged by richer teams. The PBA still turns a blind eye on lopsided trades and deals between sister teams which involve conduits, something an ordinary fan could see right through yet somehow miraculously are undetected by league officials. And the PBA remains the only league which imposes a height limit on imports. All laughable, yet the PBA still does not want to acknowledge how its actions, and inaction, have turned the league into one big fat joke."​

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      • snow badua is floating rumors that troy rosario and robert bolick are tnt bound

        well its a open secret anyway

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        • Originally posted by CoJ View Post
          snow badua is floating rumors that troy rosario and robert bolick are tnt bound

          well its a open secret anyway
          So TNT want Oftana to be a fulltime 3 whole Troy will be at the 4.
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          • Originally posted by CoJ View Post
            yep Ramon Ang is just a CEO in SMC and answers to the dictates of the board. Im actually surprised that the SMC board still opted to continue financing the 3 teams given the economic woes after the pandemic.

            MPIC on the other hand has been struggling with cash, seems like the Indonesians/Salims are cost cutting (case of point, the hosting of the World Cup)
            Originally posted by paolylo View Post
            Think Alaska. Uytengsu couldn't convince his Dutch shareholders that spending minimum $900K/year on a glorified company basketball team is in FrieslandCampina's best interests and they actually profited off the sale to Converge. If one's understanding of how teams operate came from shit like the PBA Motoclub, I'm sorry but maybe they didn't learn anything in school.
            Originally posted by Sikatrix View Post
            Alaska's budget wasn't even compatible with winning. Especially now that they have to compete with foreign teams for players. TBH what the PBA needs most are owners with SMC level budgets. Only then do you achieve parity and the ability to keep top talent in house.
            The PBA needs to up its revenue generation also. I may not have training in business finance, but I think reaching a record of ₱400M last year for the whole league as opposed to costing ₱1B annually for SMC teams ain't it.

            And with bigger budgets should come a bigger salary cap and max contract cap, just to pay our top players (who very well earned it).

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            • In the Rappler article it emphasized that the PBA was able to sell out a venue and increase gate attendance due to a guest team in the Bay Area Dragons. I think if the PBA was ran by competent people they would run with this idea and plan out a format for guest teams if they cant get any expansion teams. The reality is the farm teams (Northport, NLEX, Blackwater and Terrafirma) are franchises that could be bought if a serious company wanted to enter the league. The rumors of the MVP group looking to cut costs and sell NLEX made the rounds a year ago while there were some reports Northport (before SMC intervention) and Phoenix having financial struggles in running their teams.

              Delta already expressed interests in fielding his Pampanga team as a guest team but I guess the board would be reluctant to try that because it would look bad if a team from an inferior league would manage to defeat one of their farm teams like Terrafirma and Blackwater.
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              • Macmac and Ogie also went a bit on the PBA if yall want to talk about it

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                • OT: Dwight Howard will play for Strong Group in the upcoming Dubai International Basketball Tournament

                  Dwight Howard and Andray Blatche are set to lead the Strong Group cast in the 33rd Dubai International Basketball Championship, aiming for redemption following their quarterfinals exit last year. Owned by Frank Lao, the team sees Howard, 38, and Blatche, 37, as key reinforcements. Shams Charania from The Athletics reports that Howard is focused on […]

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                  • Originally posted by hmbopbaduwap View Post
                    OT: Dwight Howard will play for Strong Group in the upcoming Dubai International Basketball Tournament

                    https://tiebreakertimes.com.ph/tbt/d...n-dubai/292290
                    From Twitter

                    Homer Sayson

                    BREAKING NEWS: Brian Goorjan will be the head coach of the Strong Group Athletics (SGA) basketball team that will compete in the Dubai International Championship from Jan. 19 to 28.

                    Currently the coach of the Australian national team, Goorjan was also the bench boss of the defunct Bay Area Dragons of the EASL.

                    Goorjan will lead a Dream Team in Dubai with eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard plus other big names in the roster.
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                    • Blatche also expected to join the Strong Group, I hope he’s in shape now and still be serviceable for future gilas windows (just in case)

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                      • from twitter/fb

                        Breaking News:

                        Bay Area Dragon Head Coach, Brian Goorjian will coach the Strong Group Philippines in the upcoming 2024 Dubai International.

                        Strong group will feature NBA Veterans such as Dwight Howard, Andre Roberson.

                        Team is also looking to include PBA Star, Mikey Williams to the roster.


                        National team member, Andray Blatche and UAAP MVP/Champ Kevin Quiambao are also potential players.



                        deep inside i expect Joseph Yeo or Jeric Teng to be part of the team
                        Last edited by CoJ; 01-03-2024, 04:36 AM.

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                        • Originally posted by CoJ View Post
                          from twitter/fb

                          Breaking News:

                          Bay Area Dragon Head Coach, Brian Goorjian will coach the Strong Group Philippines in the upcoming 2024 Dubai International.

                          Strong group will feature NBA Veterans such as Dwight Howard, Andre Roberson.

                          Team is also looking to include PBA Star, Mikey Williams to the roster.


                          National team member, Andray Blatche and UAAP MVP/Champ Kevin Quiambao are also potential players.



                          deep inside i expect Joseph Yeo or Jeric Teng to be part of the team
                          I hope they include locals who are eligible and fit for international competition. This is a good test for KQ. His previous stints were generally not good.

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                          • Justine Baltazar, Mike Philips and the Lane brothers if there's a chance..as much as I want Sedric to be included as well, I think he is still fully comitted to his club team in CTE.

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                              • Originally posted by CoJ View Post
                                from twitter/fb

                                Breaking News:

                                Bay Area Dragon Head Coach, Brian Goorjian will coach the Strong Group Philippines in the upcoming 2024 Dubai International.

                                Strong group will feature NBA Veterans such as Dwight Howard, Andre Roberson.

                                Team is also looking to include PBA Star, Mikey Williams to the roster.


                                National team member, Andray Blatche and UAAP MVP/Champ Kevin Quiambao are also potential players.



                                deep inside i expect Joseph Yeo or Jeric Teng to be part of the team
                                Goorjan to ph basketball soon?

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