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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