KG, if you don't wanna join, then I'm with you man. All the way.

kg canaletaI’m talking of course, about KG Canaleta’s desire not to join this year’s Dunk Contest at the PBA’s All Star Games.

By now it’s moot and academic. Kelly Williams is the new dunk king, with Canaleta deciding to chill out till next year. But that’s not the point of this post. The point of this post is to explain why I think if a player doesn’t want to play, then he shouldn’t. In bulletpoints:
 
 

  1. KG is a free man. First of course is the obvious. KG is a free man. Even if there happens to be a prevailing contract between him and the PBA (I’m not sure there is one, but assuming there is), I assume it would at most be similar to an employee – employer contract, wherein one is compelled to do their duty whilst under employment. However, even the most stringent of contracts does not force people to do anything against their will. The worst it can do is exactly what they did – threaten to impose a fine against KG if he didn’t join. But even so, at the last moment it appeared KG couldn’t care less, meaning that it was ok by him – and even so I’ll assume such a fine is questionable at best. I mean, did he curse at a referee? Did he refuse to suit up for an official game? Did he get into a fight or intentionally hurt someone? Of course not. None of that happened and he was well within his rights.

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Can the Express finally make some noise?

air21_express.gifSorry to disappoint you Air21 Express fans. The Express are not hiring resident import Shawn Daniels for this year’s edition of the Fiesta Cup. The team enlisted CBA veteran Steve Thomas, a 6’9″ 245-lb boardworker to be its reinforcement in the coming conference. According to reports, Thomas is a tough, physical specimen who makes a living inside the shaded lane – the kind of talent badly needed by the team whose frontline firepower boasts only of Ranidel de Ocampo, Homer Se (who was nearly released to Coca-Cola this offseason), rookie Doug Kramer, mid-season transferee Gabby Espinas, and the seemingly soft Ervin Sotto.
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The imports are coming!

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With only a few weeks to go prior to the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Cup (League opens on March 29 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte), teams are in frantic search to acquire highly-talented imports overseas to beef up their lineup. The height restrictions for foreign reinforcements have been scrapped to give way to mastodons such as ex-Red Bull and now Miami Heat cager 7’0″ Earl Barron to play in the league. Three years ago when the same system was implemented, Talk N Text’s 6’8″ Jerald Honeycutt stood tall against the giants and copped the PBA Best Import trophy, while leading the Phonepals to a second place finish.

In addition, the league also gave a concession to the Welcoat Dragons and the Coca-Cola Tigers (for finishing 9th and 10th at the end of the classification) to bring in another import standing not lower than 6’1″.
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