Arboleda Incident Makes PBA Interesting A Little Bit

I absolutely have no idea how things transpired so badly the other night, but in the interest of keeping a record, here’s (belatedly) what I got. Yes, I’m referring to Wynne Arboleda’s going UFC on a fan in the middle of a game between Smart Gilas and Burger King, and not the game itself. Anyway, here’s the video:

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Yet Another Wake Up Call

Smart Gilas is a team that had been playing together for quite some time now, only recently coming back from tournaments abroad. RP Powerade Team Pilipinas in contrast is composed of pro players who hadn’t played together because they had no reason to.

So lo and behold, when I went to Araneta last Monday to watch the game, I saw a Smart Gilas team that looked like they had been playing together for quite some time now, only recently coming back from tournaments abroad. In contrast, RP Powerade Team Pilipinas looked like they were composed of pro players who hadn’t played together because they had no reason to.

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Ondoy Benefit Games @ Araneta

Here’s a repost from Chris Tiu’s blog:

The SBP (Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas), together with the PBA, PBL, UAAP and NCAA, is organizing a fund raiser basketball showdown this Monday, October 5 for the victims of Ondoy. There will be two games (at the Araneta Coliseum). First game at 5pm is between the UAAP / NCAA selection vs PBL / Liga Pilipinas selection. And the main game at 7pm is between the RP Powerade vs RP Smart Gilas. Of course, I will be playing in that game for the Smart Gilas team together with Japeth Aguilar, Marc Barocca, JV Casio, Dylan Ababou, CJ Giles, etc.

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Tiu and What I'd Do If I Was Smart

I told you once how impressed I was at Chris Tiu’s blog, even referring to it as ‘the best read on the Internet’. He’s delivered today once again, with a recount as to the Smart – Gilas‘ adventures at the recently concluded FIBA-Asia Champions Club held at Jakarta. Some choice cuts:

Maybe before the tournament began, we would be satisfied to clinch 5th spot. But after actually competing against those colossal and experienced national players, 5th place was actually a disappointment for me, personally. I have been advised not to get too hard on myself and the team because we did OK considering we are a young, scrawny and inexperienced team. But here’s the reason why i felt that we could have easily landed in the 3rd or 4th spot.

and..

What was really frustrating for me, was that i was in the bench for the most part of the game. I sat down around halfway through the 3rd quarter and never got the chance to get back in the game. Really disappointing especially since I love 4th quarters! And i usually finish games.

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Chris Tiu Is The 2nd Coming

Sorry for the sensationalist title, I just wanted to bring your attention to what is probably the best read in local basketball at the moment, Chris Tiu’s Blog ‘http://chris-tiu.blogspot.com/‘.

At the moment he is in Serbia along with the Smart Gilas National Team, which doesn’t even have a page on the Smart website so I couldn’t find more info re it other than a few newspaper reports.

Fortunately Rick Olivarez was on the case, so at least we have some data re it.

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