Note: I will be starting a new purely basketball site soon. 

Probably at 4 24 20? 

Thanks! 

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Rabeh Al-Hussaini is one reason why the whole PBA trades and transaction process is flawed.

According to Yeng Guiao, the reason why he chose Nonoy Baclao as the top pick of the 2010 PBA Draft is to check this guy’s attitude. Now I don’t have first-hand information on how his mind works, but there was a time when he averaged at least 15 points and 8 rebounds in one conference. This is during his rookie year and seeing the Al-Hussaini and Baclao combo in Air21 is kind of like an Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codinera combo throwback.

As of February 27, 2020, Rabeh Al-Hussaini has played for the Air21 Express, San Miguel Beermen (then called Petron), Powerade Tigers and GlobalPort Batang Pier, Talk N Text Tropang Texters, Meralco Bolts (two stints), NLEX Road Warriors, and Blackwater Elite.

As of February 28, 2020, Rabeh has returned to NLEX as part of the JP Erram deal.


DEAL NUMBER 1

BLACKWATER
NLEX
JP ERRAM
ANTHONY SEMERAD
RABEH AL-HUSSAINI
BLACKWATER’S 2020 FIRST-ROUND PICK
BLACKWATER’S 2021 SECOND-ROUND PICK
 
DEAL NUMBER 2

TNT
BLACKWATER
JP ERRAM
ED DAQUIOAG
MARION MAGAT
YOUSEF TAHA
TNT’S FUTURE FIRST-ROUND PICK
TNT’S FUTURE FIRST-ROUND PICK
 

It must be driving Al-Hussaini nuts to see all the fuzz for JP Erram. NLEX gave him up and gained a bench mob and two assets and then Blackwater gained three players and two first-rounders when they flipped him to TNT. When Rabeh was traded to Blackwater, he was a one-for-one for Dave Marcelo. In terms of development, Marcelo never stood a chance in the PBA in terms of scoring capabilities because he took a backseat to the San Beda foreign exchange students. Meanwhile, Al-Hussaini had the chance to snub the original Smart-Gilas squad so he can prioritize in making his pro game great. This may be an unpopular choice but seeing how the system ruined the careers of Jason Ballesteros, Mac Baracael, Dylan Ababou, Rey Guevarra, and JR Cawaling, it made sense.

But again, the process is the problem.

Air21 positioned itself as the official conduit of the San Miguel Corporation. Rabeh would have been in the level of Arwind Santos and Ranidel de Ocampo in terms of awesomeness if he stuck with the squad for at least three more seasons. He barely made one… so yeah, way to crush the hopes of this guy. And then he became trade bait. When San Miguel moved him to Powerade, they did it so they can obtain the services of Marcio Lassiter.

Nearly a decade later, he can’t stay in a team for more than two seasons.

I guess it’s hard for a coach to give a damn on him if he can’t give a damn on himself.   

But what can he do?

He has tried hissy-fitting and moving to the Middle East to play for his father’s country. He has tried his best to stay away from trouble and he just became a stale character. For so long, he has been a shadow of his old self and frankly, I think he needs to thank Yeng Guiao for picking him second because he could have become the worst top pick the league has ever seen.

Sonny Cabatu and Rey Cuenco played in a time when established centers like Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Philip Cezar, and Manny Victorino were still lording the court. In some ways, I am choosing Alex Araneta because Alaska needed him to play well but he just languished in their second unit. It may be a copout but Apet Jao had Allan Caidic and later Vergel Meneses munching his minutes while Araneta could have taken it with Dong Polistico and Dickie Bachmann as his threats to succeed.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini could have had an elite career if he played in the 90s… regardless of attitude.  

Like I said, it’s the way the player contracts are structured. I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE I LEARNED HOW TO BLOG! A player can’t have a Hall of Fame career if he bounces from team to team and gets flanked by at least eight starter-worthy teammates! A player like Rabeh can ask for a trade to the small pond teams and at best, have the career of what Manny Paner, Lim Eng Beng, Jimmy Manansala, Paul Alvarez, Vic Pablo, and Mark Telan had. Heck, add Asi Taulava and Ali Peek on this list! Jun Limpot is a fringe Greatest Player candidate even if he only had one championship because he also had consistent double-digit numbers.

Just imagine if Rabeh and even Rich Alvarez for that matter, stayed in one team?

Game over. 






As of this writing, the PBA has yet to finish its 2019 season.

But for some insane reason, the league is already thinking of the next season.

I still think this sucks.

And so should you.

But what can we do, right? Because of the FIBA sked, the PBA season suffers. In order for the country to send its best players, the league has made its schedule kind of helter-skelter. 

Breaks between elimination rounds... breaks between post-elimination rounds, a blur between the current season and the previous season…

Arrgh!

If this is the case, again I propose two conferences with a long stretch so players or teams can participate in pocket tourneys, prepare for qualifiers, and give their top stars a time to relax and unwind. Jayson Castro is still the best point guard option for the country and yet he has turned down consecutive offers in lieu of personal goals. Tim Cone did a masterful job coaching the ego-less Gilas SEA Games squad and yet, he doesn’t see himself manning the turf long-term because of the pressure. From Rajko Toroman to Cone, Gilas Pilipinas mentors have been widely criticized for their coaching flaws. Sure, we all hate Yeng Guiao now but after the Australia brawl, we were praising him for leading a makeshift squad to a respectable Asian Games finish.

I get that the Columbian Dyip must be in cloud nine now with the acquisition of “special round” top pick Isaac Go and “regular round” top pick Roosevelt Adams.

Yey.

But why are they signing rookies when the current season is still going on? I know both teams have been eliminated but will it even matter if Columbian and Magnolia delayed the Aldrech Ramos and Jackson Corpuz trade to I don't know... after this conference? 

And yeah... 

Isn’t it insane that the SEA Games break and the PBA Draft event had outshined the fact that the NLEX Road Warriors became the first team to mess up a top seed distinction, June Mar Fajardo could be a six-time PBA MVP, the rookie battle between CJ Perez and Robert Bolick, San Miguel’s second consecutive botched grand slam, and the possible semifinal matchups that could lead to another Justin Brownlee versus Allen Durham showdown?

Yes Microsoft Word, I just did a long-ass sentence.

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photo credit | PBA WEBSITE



So here’s the thing.

Like in my predictions post, I believe that the special draft isn’t that special and in actuality, is just a way to make the outcome of the 2019 PBA Draft confusing. I would rather have the PBA give five special spots to the worst five teams than having a "special" round. 

For crying out loud, there are teams in need of talent but there are also players in need of a career. 

Do you think Rain or Shine will give a load of playing time for their special round pick and their THREE first-round picks? Phoenix could use players! Northport and Meralco as well! 

Hell, give all of the special round players to Blackwater so they can improve their "winning" ways! 

With that said, here’s how the draft went.


FIRST ROUND

1 | COLUMBIAN | ISAAC GO – ATENEO
2 | BLACKWATER | REY SUERTE – UE
3 | NLEX | MATT NIETO – ATENEO
4 | ALASKA | ALLYN BULANADI – SAN SEBASTIAN
5 | RAIN OR SHINE | MIKE NIETO – ATENEO

6 | COLUMBIAN | ROOSEVELT ADAMS – IDAHO
7 | BLACKWATER | MAURICE SHAW – HUTCHINSON
8 | NLEX | MIKE AYONAYON – PCU
9 | ALASKA | BARKLEY EBONA – FEU  
10 | RAIN OR SHINE | ADRIAN WONG – ATENEO
11 | RAIN OR SHINE | CLINT DOLIGUEZ – SAN BEDA
12 | RAIN OR SHINE | PRINCE RIVERO – DLSU
13 | NORTHPORT | SEAN MANGANTI – ADAMSON
14 | MAGNOLIA | ARIS DIONISIO – ST. CLARE
15 | GINEBRA | ARVIN TOLENTINO – FEU
16 | TNT | KIB MONTALBO – DLSU
17 | COLUMBIAN | CHRISTIAN BALAGASAY – LETRAN

SECOND ROUND

18 | GINEBRA | JERRICK BALANZA – LETRAN
19 | BLACKWATER | RICHARD ESCOTO – FEU
20 | NLEX | WILL MCALONEY – EMILIO AGUINALDO
21 | ALASKA | REY PUBLICO – LETRAN
22 | ALASKA | JAYCEE MARCELINO – LYCEUM
23 | MERALCO | AARON BLACK – ATENEO
24 | RAIN OR SHINE | VINCE TOLENTINO – ATENEO
25 | NLEX | AC SOBERANO – SAN BEDA
26 | MAGNOLIA | YANKIE HARUNA – ST. BENILDE
27 | GINEBRA | KENT SALADO – ARELLANO
28 | RAIN OR SHINE | WENDELL COMBOY – FEU
29 | NORTHPORT | RENZO SUBIDO – UST

THIRD ROUND

30 | COLUMBIAN | BONBON BATILLER – LETRAN
31 | BLACKWATER | CHRIS BITOON – MLQU
32 | NLEX | GELO VITO – UP
33 | PHOENIX | TOCI TANSINGCO – LYCEUM
34 | MERALCO | MICHAEL CANETE – ARELLANO
35 | RAIN OR SHINE | LUKE PARCERO – AMA
36 | NORTHPORT | CRIS DUMAPIG – CEU
37 | MAGNOLIA | ALVIN CAPOBRES – SAN SEBASTIAN
38 | GINEBRA | FRAN ASUNCION – AMA
39 | TNT | SIMON CAMACHO – ADAMSON
40 | SAN MIGUEL | TRAVIS THOMPSON – ALASKA

FOURTH ROUND

41 | COLUMBIAN | MARCO BALAGTAS – JOSE RIZAL
42 | BLACKWATER | HUBERT CANI – FEU
43 | NLEX | JAYVEE MARCELINO – LYCEUM
44 | PHOENIX | SPENCER PRETTA – LYCEUM
45 | NORTHPORT | DEXTER ZAMORA – LYCEUM
46 | TNT | VAL CHAUCA – ADAMSON
47 | SAN MIGUEL | DANIEL DE GUZMAN – LYCEUM

FIFTH ROUND

48 | NLEX | JERAMER CABANAG – SAN BEDA
49 | PHOENIX | JEFF SANTOS – LYCEUM
50 | SAN MIGUEL | VON TAMBELING – PCU

UNDRAFTED PLAYERS

1 | JUSTINE ALANO – UPHR
2 | EARVIN ALVAREZ – SAN SEBASTIAN
3 | BOYD EUGENE ANDERSON
4 | MARIO BONLEON – UST
5 | EDGAR CHARCOS – UPHR
6 | REYNALDO DE MESA – TIP
7 | JESS DIPUTADO – NU
8 | JOHN JOSE DOMINGO – ST. BENILDE
9 | ANDREW ESTRELLA – MAPUA
10 | HESED GABO – MAPUA
11 | JUNJIE HALLARE – ST. CLARE
12 | MARVIN LEE – UST
13 | YVAN LUDOVICE – SAN BEDA
14 | REINHARDT MENDOZA
15 | ARGEL MENDOZA – EMILIO AGUINALDO
16 | JOSE MARI PRESBITERO – SAN BEDA
17 | JAMES REGALADO – USJ-R
18 | JASON RILEY
19 | DARYL SINGONTIKO – UPHR
20 | AMIEL SOBERANO – SAN BEDA
21 | MARK TAYLOR


Which teams won the 2019 PBA Draft?

Check out the blog for more updates.

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I have not been blogging about the 2019 PBA Draft.

I detached a bit on the whole PBA blogging this 2019.

I made a mock PBA Draft last September and that blog aged poorly with Thirdy Ravena, Joshua Munzon, Jason Brickman, Franky Johnson, Santi Santillan, Larry Muyang, Alvin Pasaol, Owen Graham, Jeremiah Grey, Kobe Paras, and others taking their talents elsewhere. In addition, I really, really hate that the first major project of the next season is right smack in the middle of the 2018-19 PBA season.

Can I even say "2018-19 PBA season" when the season started in January?

Okay… the special draft.

I do not know what to think of this. As far as I can remember, the Gilas prospects of 2016 rarely played for the national squad. Worse, some of the players rarely played for their PBA teams. Except for one tourney and a couple of PBA all-star matches, I do not think I remember either Russel Escoto, Arnold Van Opstal or Fonzo Gotladera donning the national colors. Moreover, as far as prospects are unless the names are RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and Mac Belo, I do not think the other Gilas cadets of that class deserve a return stint to the nationals with how their careers turned out.

Anyway, here is my prediction blog!


SPECIAL DRAFT

1 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | ISAAC GO

Regular draft or special draft, it is superbly insane to snub this former Blue Eagle as the top pick. Sure, he is pretty much Ian Sangalang Lite at this stage of his career. With that said, he is the only worthy big man to be taken this high… and Columbian is in desperate need of adding some height on their roster.

2 | BLACKWATER ELITE | REY SUERTE

Of all the teams that should have vetoed this last-minute draft addition, it should have been this team! They just missed out on Roosevelt Adams! With that said, I am going to go with the former CESAFI MVP over Matt Nieto because Suerte has more experience as a top option unlike Nieto who racked team gold after team gold but never really became Ateneo’s go-to-guy.

3 | NLEX ROAD WARRIORS | MATT NIETO

This is an easy narrative. He is an efficient scorer that played for many Ateneo title squads. Now I do not know how he will adjust in the PBA as a combo guard but he needs to – especially since NLEX has Kiefer Ravena, Jericho Cruz, and Kevin Alas.

4 | ALASKA ACES | ALLYN BULANADI

I have to admit – I had the last two picks of the special draft in the second round of the draft. I guess I thought teams could easily fill the SG and SF spots than the PF and C positions. The Aces are in dire need of a scorer though – especially with a new coach and a team in search to re-live their past glory.

5 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | MIKE NIETO

As mentioned, I had the last two picks in the second round… so having Mike Nieto this high is a good thing. It will go downhill right after though – as this pick’s inclusion just gave Rain or Shine virtually four first-round picks. The thing about Mike Nieto is that he was featured less as compared to the other Ateneans on this list… hence his rank. I hope that Rain or Shine trades their other picks because he might end up feuding with J-Jay Alejandro for bench seats.


REGULAR DRAFT

FIRST ROUND

6 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | ROOSEVELT ADAMS

With this revised format, the PBA gave Columbian the best players of the draft – which is pretty much Go and Roosevelt Adams. All of a sudden, Columbian has an impressive starting core with Go and Adams teaming up with CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy. I guess Adams could be a more explosive version of Jerramy King.

7 | BLACKWATER ELITE | MAURICE SHAW

Columbian could get this person… but at 34, his age might be a liability in the future. Sure, he is a former Harlem Globetrotter with a built that screams import… but Columbian is a team that should pack youth and Shaw is far from it. Not Blackwater though. Shaw will most definitely help the underachieving squad to a semblance of a playoff run. In addition, he is a nice free agent just in case Blackwater dissolves because, with the way they are decimating their lineup, the idea of disbandment is not a farfetched thought.  

8 | NLEX ROAD WARRIORS | ARVIN TOLENTINO

As mentioned, the draft is stacked with shooting guards and small forwards, which is why I had Yeng Guiao getting a combo forward. Tolentino had a tumultuous UAAP career in which he went to FEU then to Ateneo and then to FEU again but has made waves in the semi-pro leagues. In addition, this DLSU mentor is not going to make his team overly populated with Ateneans. 

9 | ALASKA ACES | AARON BLACK

Son of legendary playing import coach Norman Black, it was nice for Aaron to step away from the UAAP to get his bearing in other venues like his stint with the MPBL’s Quezon City Capitals. I hope Jeff Cariaso could see his potential because Black could have the potential of becoming the next Jet.

10 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | SEAN MANGANTI

I have heard many things about this former Adamson Soaring Falcon and vloggers have listed him high on their mock drafts. With that said, teams with no first-round picks must trade for this pick from Rain or Shine because the Elasto Painters already have three picks… and I have yet to find a non-expansion squad thriving with four rookies leading the way.

11 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | BONBON BATILLER

Edison Batiller did awesome ball back in UE but circumstances forced him to play college ball elsewhere. From UAAP cellar-dwellers, Batiller claimed a title with Letran. So with Letran alum Caloy Garcia as the coach, former Letran ace Rey Nambatac as running buddy, and former king UE Warrior James Yap as his mentor, Bonbon is probably going to do well in Rain or Shine.

12 | RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS | RICHARD ESCOTO

Rain or Shine is probably going to get a big man and pair him up with a small player. Or players… since they have a platoon of draft picks. Enter former FEU combo forward Richard Escoto. Dude did well in FEU as well as in the MPBL and was once perceived as a potential Gilas cadet. So there.

13 | NORTHPORT BATANG PIER | JERRICK BALANZA

The former Letran Knight raised his draft stock when he helped his team against the otherwise-dominant San Beda Red Lions. He also came back from a career-threatening ailment to surprise all odds. He is a walking success story and Pido Jarencio and Bonnie Tan will go insane when they select their former player.

14 | MAGNOLIA HOTSHOTS | PRINCE RIVERO

He does not have the size of Rafi Reavis and over the years, we have had our share of Marc Pingris wannabes and successors to the throne. Prince Rivero could be a player in that range… and that is a good thing for the Hotshots. Rivero, a former DLSU Green Archer and Alab Pilipinas standout, is going to a helpful cog in their future championship aspirations.

15 | BARANGAY GINEBRA KINGS | MIKE AYON-AYON

Many people say that the MPBL is the “barangay” version of the PBA. Well, the statement might be a good thing for this former PCU standout. I know Ginebra is littered with small forwards and shooting guards now but I mean how can you pass up on a never say die dude with attitude in the mold of Earl Scottie Thompson?  

16 | TNT KATROPA | VINCE TOLENTINO

Former Ateneo combo forward Vince Tolentino is my bet to hit first round glory. I thought he should have made his PBA debut this season but then he fine-tuned his craft with the MPBL’s Bataan Risers. TNT could use some hustle and flow off their bench and I think Tolentino could be a good alternative for Anthony Semerad.

17 | COLUMBIAN DYIP | KENT SALADO

With Columbian getting two awesome choices, I think they need a brilliant mind who could possibly help Columbian get out of cellar hell. There was a time when Kent Salado is perceived as point guard elite and he can be a good find this late in the draft.

So there you have it, I hope my predictions come true… although I really want Rain or Shine to trade at least two of their picks.

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Five weeks in the current NBA season, here are the top players.

While I could do this as a weekly thing… my penchant for procrastination says otherwise.

Game starts now!

1 | LUKA DONCIC | DALLAS MAVERICKS
2 | GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO | MILWAUKEE BUCKS
3 | JAMES HARDEN | HOUSTON ROCKETS
4 | LEBRON JAMES | LOS ANGELES LAKERS
5 | ANDRE DRUMMOND | DETROIT PISTONS
6 | KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS | MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
7 | ANTHONY DAVIS | LOS ANGELES LAKERS
8 | DAMIAN LILLARD | PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
9 | BRANDON INGRAM | NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
10 | TRAE YOUNG | ATLANTA HAWKS
11 | KYRIE IRVING | BROOKLYN NETS
12 | BRADLEY BEAL | WASHINGTON WIZARDS
13 | RUSSELL WESTBROOK | HOUSTON ROCKETS
14 | NIKOLA JOKIC | DENVER NUGGETS
15 | JIMMY BUTLER | MIAMI HEAT
16 | MONTREZL HARRELL | LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
17 | CLINT CAPELA | HOUSTON ROCKETS
18 | DONOVAN MITCHELL | UTAH JAZZ
19 | DEVIN BOOKER | PHOENIX SUNS
20 | DEMAR DEROZAN | SAN ANTONIO SPURS
21 | PAUL GEORGE | LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
22 | JABARI PARKER | ATLANTA HAWKS
23 | PASCAL SIAKAM | TORONTO RAPTORS
24 | MALCOLM BROGDON | INDIANA PACERS
25 | BAM ADEBAYO | MIAMI HEAT
26 | RUDY GOBERT | UTAH JAZZ
27 | LOU WILLIAMS | LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
28 | LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE | SAN ANTONIO SPURS
29 | JRUE HOLIDAY | NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
30 | DOMANTAS SABONIS | INDIANA PACERS

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I think I kind of know how these Korean variety shows work.

I mean… they try to spin video diaries to make it viable for the Korean audience… and don’t get me wrong, I get it.

I just don’t get how they made the Boss in the Mirror episode in which the LG Sakers visited and battled the Barangay Ginebra Kings. This episode has already aired in Korea for over a month now… and unfortunately, I saw a lot of discrepancies in the episode. The program followed around LK Sakers coach Hyun Joo Yup on his trip to Manila where aside from challenging the Kings to a practice match, tried out different restaurants… laying waste on their food in the process.

I mean… just watch these Koreans eat that Lechon.

Anyway, like popular Korean variety personality Seo Jang-Hoon, Coach Hyun is part of Korea’s 1994 Asian Games team, 1998 Asian Games team, and ugh… that infamous Korea team that destroyed the hearts of many Filipinos in the 2002 Busan Asiad.

You know, the one that had Olsen Racela miss a couple of free throws and then Jong Uichico forgot to make a timeout and all of a sudden, you have Lee Sang-Min shooting a triple just in time for the buzzer to sound.

That play still stings my cranium!

Anyway…

Yes, Ginebra is the most popular team in the PBA right now but they picked a weird time to document the practice game. I know they came all the way from Korea with little to no understanding that some of the players cannot participate in the game (adding to Ginebra’s injury woes are Jeff Chan and Jared Dillinger), but filming this in spite of the absentees is just unfair. For starters, the team played without Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter. These two are arguably needed to make the match competitive. When I saw the game, I bet the Sakers didn’t think they were going to play the likes of Prince Caperal starting. Now I am not knocking on the former Arellano Chief but without the twin towers, the team had to rely on just Justin Brownlee, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, and Stanley Pringle.

Yes, let’s have the Kings battle a bunch of large shooters and slashers as well as two Commissioner’s Cup-sized imports who are much bigger than Ginebra’s lone import.

Also, I don’t know the Cody import… but I do know that their other import – Vernon Macklin – once played for the Barangay Ginebra Kings a couple of years ago. In fact, Macklin saw action for the Magnolia Hotshots in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. They could have pointed this out in the documentary or at least have Jun Hyunmoo and Kim Sook spiel it as they viewed the piece.

Yes, I know their host’s name without googling it.

Like I said, I like Korean variety.

Lastly, and I guess this is the most important thing they forgot, is the fact that they checked out Tim Cone as if he’s just a typical cranky and foul-mouthed head coach. He’s not. I don’t know if Koreans know what a basketball grand slam is (he has two and one almost in 1998) but I do think they know what “winningest coach of all-time” means and Cone, in fact, is the PBA’s most-titled mentor. I know Boss in the Mirror follow a certain individual with little regard towards the situation they are in but I do think it would have further padded the achievement of Hyun Joo Yup if they placed Cone in a better light.

As far as the officiating is – Pinoys play physical and it’s not like Cone didn’t responded to some of the bad calls. Yes, there’s hometown cooking everywhere in the world but it’s not as if they weren’t given good calls as well.

But yeah, a loss is still a loss and well, LG played better. I like Korean variety to the core but I just hate it when Koreans are involved with basketball… and my country. Let’s face it – Korea is Philippines’ main kryptonite not counting China, Iran and now Australia and New Zealand. For years, Korea has mastered the art of pissing off Pinoy hoop diehards. Maybe some Koreans think that the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship win has a semblance of overacting but well… we are that happy to score a win over Korea. Up until now, they are still claiming important wins at our expense.

Maybe someone could make a docu on how much I hate it whenever Koreans trounce Filipinos in basketball?

But hey, I did get a kick on how Coach Hyun and his two other buddies destroyed the Lechon. I don’t like to eat Lechon because it makes my head spin with all the cholesterol in my neck so the mere fact that three Koreans can do that on that poor pig is just insane.

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My Stress Busters



I haven’t been posting lately.

I have a ton of content but for some reason, I am not feeding it on my blog.

I think I need a new blogging space. I usually do my blogging at the office but nowadays, I just can’t rack up the thoughts I used to have. My current space is kind of “in the open” and aside from unpopular post hits, the thing that pisses me off is constantly checking my back for peeping toms.

I can’t fine-tune my work if there’s a dude constantly looking at my work. I am like a dog that can’t eat if its owner is just staring at him for no apparent reason.

Or a guy that can’t pee if there’s a man looking at his face.

It’s downright creepy… and kind of annoying.

I can’t do it on my house either. I come home in the wee hours and ever since I installed Call of Duty Mobile on my phone, I would rather frag people than think for basketball-related things.  

I usually have time constraints whenever I do these things inside coffee shops.

And then there are the intangibles.

My love for Funko Pops for starters has branched out from my initial TV line. I am now checking out rock stars, wrestlers, basketball players, and even television figures. My current favorite at the moment is Albert Einstein and Steve Irwin. While I am still looking for Community’s Britta, I am more looking to Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Funko.

Also, I am kind of feeling the need to grow up. Sure, I am still collecting Funko but without it… I feel I am going to go insane. Now that I am the only kid of my parents residing in the Philippines, I need to juggle my time spent with them, and then work, and then my wife and kid, and then thinking of my condo unit, and then having time for friends, and then having time for myself.

I spent extra time at work so I can spend less of it stuck in traffic.

Anyway, I need to shut up now.

I think I need to re-start my blogging so I can take away my constant worrying of things.

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I am not really a fan of Carmelo Anthony because… I thought he’s going to be a championship guy in the NBA.

I rarely watch US NCAA but when I do, I remember these peeps. For example, Antonio Lang is a former Red Bull Barako import that once played alongside Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Cherokee Parks, and Grant Hill at Duke. Former San Miguel import Shea Seals played for Tulsa. Tyus Edney, Ed O’Bannon, George Zidek, and JR Sakuragi were part of the UCLA Bruins and I thought for sure that the rivalry between Ohio State’s Greg Oden and Florida’s Joakim Noah would translate into the NBA.

And yeah, I saw Melo whoop-ass when it mattered for the Syracuse Orangemen during the 2003 NCAA Championship.

WHEN… IT… MATTERED.  

Long story short, Melo deserves a worthy ending. Portland could be that team. If they can’t have capable defensive forwards, the best alternative they can have is to have a big-time third scoring option. When Jusuf Nurkic returns, I could see him in that role.

With that said, a free albeit successful reign could be the key to Melo’s extended NBA stay.     

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I had to come out from blogging semi-retirement to pose something about Doug Kramer.

I never saw him as a superstar but he can start in the PBA. I guess he could have been more if he didn’t bounce from team to team. Selected fifth overall in the 2007 PBA Draft behind Joe Devance, Sam Eman, Ryan Reyes and JC Intal and ahead of players like JR Quinahan, Jonas Villanueva, Ronjay Buenafe, Ryan Arana and Jojo Duncil, Kramer changed jerseys a total of nine times. Just imagine of Kramer played for one team in one decade? As a Powerade Tiger, Kramer averaged in double digits for both points and rebounds in the Philippine Cup. Clearly, Doug Kramer is a better scorer than Dorian Pena and the latter had a couple of Mythical Team citations to show because he played for San Miguel for nearly a decade.  

Anyway, Kramer feasted on rebounds and putbacks for twelve seasons… and he’ll probably display the same intensity as either a businessman or an on-air personality. We have seen the Kramers front the world of television and online media and as far as fallbacks go, this is an awesome post-basketball start-up.

I guess the only thing that sucks about his retirement is that he failed to get his point across to the college teams. Kramer famously said in an interview that he does not support foreign exchange students. This is not a case of racial discrimination but more of big man development in the PBA. Through the years, we have heard critics of all shapes and sizes. They all blurt out the same goddamn song on how undersized the Filipinos are in international play. Kramer is right when he said that players need all the exposure and confidence to make it big. It affected Philippine basketball then and it still affects Philippine basketball now. June Mar Fajardo is the reigning and defending PBA MVP but he played college outside of Manila. Greg Slaughter is another titan who started his career in CESAFI before moving to the UAAP. Christian Standhardinger played ball outside the country and if you think about it, players like JP Erram and Troy Rosario had to do further conditioning to get their way in the PBA.

Kramer’s Phoenix Pulse’s teammate Jason Perkins spent his last year in La Salle as a seldom-used second stringer to give way of Ben Mbala… and he is the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year.

The top three teams of the current UAAP season had the likes of UP’s Bright Akhuetie, Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame and UST’s foreign exchange student and reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo. In the NCAA, San Beda has Donald Tankoua and Lyceum has Mike Nzeusseu.

I guess this makes it more awesome for Letran to play for the title since they are doing it with Larry Muyang on board.

Again, I am not trying to be discriminatory but the foreign exchange students like Sam Ekwe, Sudan Daniel, Emmanuel Mbe, Karim Abdul, Ola Adeogun and Ben Mbala are banned to play in the PBA as locals. So aside from Muyang… which local big man are we going to push to the moon and help for the development of Pinoy basketball? Sure, one can argue that

Anyway, it’s hard to place Kramer as a top PBA player given his awards and accomplishments but it’s not like he’s going to go down as a bust. But as I mentioned earlier, he could have had a better career if he had a couple more titles, a couple of all-star citations and an extended stint with one team.

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From Inquirer.net




I usually do sports things.

Like basketball, boxing, billiards and DOTA 2.

Yes, dammit… e-gaming is a sport.

I have never written about gymnastics before.

Carlos Yulo is a ninja.

I wonder what kind of training you need to do that requires you to spin around in the air like some sort of toy propeller and then lightly touch the mat and do another spin in the air like a toy propeller.

The dude is awesome.





And I like to think that I would restrain my emotions at the sight of girly floor exercises but… this guy made gymnastics cool. Look, any type of sport that requires a person to have a visible bulge in the groin and the said sport isn’t a combat sport is well… unlikely for men. But this guy says otherwise. I can’t even split… much less tumble in all directions.

Caloy Yulo, the first Pinoy World Gymnastics Champion in 41 editions, did things I never saw in the brief time I followed the sport. The international tiffs usually feature gymnastics as some sort of filler. We don’t know the sport… but especially back in the 90s, parents allow little girls to do ballet or splits. Yulo’s first two moves were typical but when he displayed those moves that lightly touch the mat and unleash another round of spins, it was gold.

And not only that. I loved how he thanked his Japanese coach after he got the score and constantly tugged on the Philippine flag in his shirt. The government sucks – I mean I guess as far as the 2000s go – when it comes to supporting the athletes. Alex Pagulayan and Wesley So distanced their selves from the country during international tiffs because they were never given support. Critics and online trolls rant at the fact that we’re never good in basketball but at the same time, can’t even endorse a noteworthy alternative to get funding.

And despite Hidilyn Diaz’s efforts to make it big in the global stage, we just can’t give her something to get inspired on.

But then we have Diaz… and now Yulo to go wicked sick in our quest to win our first gold medal in the Summer Games.

Hopefully instead of showering recognition on Yulo for his meteoric rise, support will come to give him better resources to achieve his dream. I guess it’s best for him to train outside the confines of the country but at least give him motivation like allowance or something. If e-gamers have nutritionists as well as physical therapists in their facilities, maybe Yulo can have the same things as well. During the time of Bea Lucero, Milo supported her even until when she switched to taekwondo. Yulo is only 19 and if Milo wants to have another face to put on their drinks, then they have this guy.  

If you’re looking for standard bearers for our quest for the 2020 Olympics, look no further than Yulo. The future looks bright for this young man and if we have someone like this, it would be insane to not use him to his full potential.

Sure, I bet it’s hard to watch gymnastics while holding a beer and screaming curses at the set but the moment when he showed respect to his coach is everything you want to see in a Karate Kid-like movie.

Let’s just ride on his high and let everything fall into place.

He knows what needs to be done so let’s do whatever we can to support him.

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