After a 16 month suspension, The Beast Calvin Abueva has staged a successful return to the PBA . Will it last? Let’s find out! Continue reading The Calvin Abueva Saga – You Could Call it a Comeback!
Photo from: Sportingnews.com By: Bong Paredes As a prototypical Filipino basketball fan (albeit a bit older than most people), the first NBA team I ever cheered for as a kid outside Robert Jaworski’s Ginebra San Miguel was Magic and Kareem’s Showtime Lakers. Their style of play was so entertaining it’s easy to see how they have endeared themselves to Filipino basketball fans. Well, that and … Continue reading LA Lakers 2019-2020 Season Outlook
Photo from: PBA Images as seen on Foxsports.ph By: Bong Paredes Known for some of the most ludicrous and lopsided trades in the history of basketball, the PBA for once gave its fans as fair a trade as you’ll ever see. Ironically, the two players that were traded for each other were both part of the most ridiculous trades in recent years. In 2015, Moala … Continue reading Who wins the Christian Standhardinger for Mo Tautuaa trade?
By: Bong Paredes Feature Photo by: ASEAN Sports Entering the 2018-19 season, then defending champions Alab Pilipinas seemed poised to jumpstart their dynasty in the ABL for a couple of reasons. First, the team’s core was intact even though Justin Brownlee won’t be joining them. After all, PJ Ramos will be Renaldo Balkman’s partner and the last time Mr. Ramos played in the PBA, … Continue reading Alab Reloaded (Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray Scouting Report):
by: Bong Paredes featured image by: SBP In my last article, I outlined the steps I thought the PBA should consider to prepare us better for the next 4 years. For this second installment, I will go through a high level overview of what I believe the SBP should consider. There is no way for me to outline everything without re-classifying this article into … Continue reading What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 2 of 2, Grassroots Development and Feeder System)
by: Bong Paredes Feature Image by: Businessworld Online There are now countless columns and articles on how the SBP should address our recent (FIBA World Cup) and current (FIBA Asia Women’s Cup) struggles in the sport of basketball. I even fell into a rabbit hole of YouTube videos pontificating about the same topic. I’ve seen a lot of good and not so good insights but … Continue reading What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 1 of 2, The PBA)
by: Bong Paredes It’s been a couple of weeks since Gilas’ FIBA World Cup debacle and a few days after three PBA teams underperformed in a field of 12 that included teams from the Philippines, South Korea, Japan and China in the recently concluded Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. The fact that we are part of the aforementioned basketball tournaments at the moment means that … Continue reading FIBA World Cup and Terrific 12 Takeaways
By signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, does the LA Clippers hold the upper hand in the battle for supremacy in LA over the Lebron James and Anthony Davis led LA Lakers? Continue reading Kawhi to Clippers! Where does this leave the Lakers?
Photo from FIBA.COM By: Bong Paredes Yesterday, I tweeted that Kai Sotto would run circles around Argentine big man Francisco Caffaro. While Kai statistically had better numbers across the board, Caffaro set the tone of the game from the very beginning. Caffaro was very aggressive and took the action to Kai. He used his heft and strength to get the jump on Sotto as … Continue reading Batang Gilas vs Argentina (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)
Photo from: FIBA.COM By: Bong Paredes For the first time perhaps in history, The Philippines’ U19 basketball squad is playing the top teams in the world. Having a pair of much-heralded big men like Kai Sotto and AJ Edu certainly aided in creating awareness and excitement in the local basketball community. It’s also a testament that we are on our way to true relevance in … Continue reading Batang Gilas vs Greece (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)