PBA News: August 30, 2011 (Alex Crisano returns!)

Finally, madness is resurrected in the PBA.

And I am not talking about gentle gropers. Although there is a mention of that guy in the article... let’s not go there.

Alex Crisano returns!


Alex Crisano is one of the most colourful characters the league has ever known. Ever since we saw him wearing a Nueva Ejica Patriots jersey and then he crossed the PBA where he played a couple of seasons with the Barangay Ginebra Kings, Talk N Text Phone Pals, and Barako Bull Energy Boosters, we have enjoyed whatever controversy this guy pulls.

The last time Alex Crisano played in the PBA, he was the team captain of Barako Bull. After displaying qualities to lead, Crisano was dropped from their roster because he said to everyone that he wasn’t getting his salary.

Fact is though, the fans sided with Crisano more because with the way Barako Bull was dropping their players, it was certain that financial difficulties haunted the squad.

Anyway, Crisano was contacted by the Powerade Tigers and was offered a contract and he accepted it. Fact is the only thing that’s keeping Crisano busy is a projected boxing stint, a taxi ride gone wrong, and a failed attempt to send the Philippine Patriots back to ABL heaven. He will go nuts crashing the boards and mind-tricking the other low post threats because of his athleticism and knack to hound balls.

Wait. That didn’t sound right.

Anyway, here are the other developments around the league.

ALASKA: The Aces are awfully quiet with all the drama engulfing the rest of the league. Moving on...

B-MEG: The Llamados have tricked Shopinas of Mark Barroca but they might have seen the last of Jorge Gallent and his head coaching spot. Breathing behind his neck is Jong Uichico and his quest to become the first SMC coach to mentor all three existing PBA ballclubs.

BARAKO BULL: Lucky for Barako Bull they got a couple of good Tigers in their mix but had Dylan Ababou and Allein Maliksi failed to happen, they probably made a pretty weak showing in the wheeling and dealing. I mean they traded two players that played for Smart-Gilas and a guy whose brother played for Smart-Gilas for Mick Pennisi, Sunday Salvacion, and Maliksi? Wait... why are they called Energy? Did they drop the Energy Boosters tag because Petron are the Blaze Boosters??

GINEBRA: The coaching mess that is Siot Tanquingcen and Jong Uichico is turning out to be like an episode of Munting Heredera. Maybe them fighting for the head honcho spot would cause girls to giggle just like how girls giggle over James Martinez.

MERALCO: TNT has been good to their “little bro”. TNT pulled a move to give the Bolts Jason Ballesteros. Aside from that they gave the Bolts rights to Mark Macapagal and gentle groper Mark Yee. And now we’re hearing Chico Lanete is now part of their squad.

PETRON: Petron must be happy because they got Barako Bull to accept a trade that gave them Chris Lutz, Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s big brother Carlo Sharma, and a returning Dondon Hontiveros. This would have been an even trade if it was only Lutz and Honti but adding Sharma to the mix is pretty much overkill for the Energy.

POWERADE: Ogie Menor is also now playing for the Tigers who are poised as hell to develop the squad as contenders. Chris Timberlake is also now part of their team. And speaking of comebacks, Kenneth Duremdes might be returning to the PBA to “retire” properly. Unfortunately, the Tigers waived veteran sharpshooter Paolo Mendoza who only played 14 games last season. Chico Lanete is also practicing with the Meralco Bolts as he joins Mark Macapagal in that roster. Dennis Espino also almost left the Tigers but he was thankfully excluded in the trade that sent Macapagal to Meralco.

RAIN OR SHINE: The Elasto Painters have six players trying out for spots – Chris Pacana, Chito Jaime, Erwin Sta. Maria, Val Acuna, Chester Taylor, and Ezer Rosopa. There is room for a backup shooting guard in their squad especially with the exodus of Josh Vanlandingham and RJ Jazul.

SHOPINAS: I hate the Clickers because just when I thought they one-upped B-Meg, they buckled and will now give up Mark Barroca to whatever “prized” star Brian Ilad would bring with him.

TALK N TEXT: Aside from claiming Pamboy Raymundo as their draft pick, falling to their laps are Bam Gamalinda and Shawn Weinstein – two players that will likely ride the TNT bench.

So unless I missed out the newest developments, you need to check out Snow Badua, Fire Quinito, Patricia Hizon, Mico Halili, Quinito Henson, The PBAologist, and the other guys feeding righteous news on their Twitter accounts.

Game over!


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