Articles from May 2010

No excuses

The disappointing seventh place finish of the RP-Smart Gilas in the just concluded FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Doha, Qatar has been the subject of criticisms among the Filipino basketball fans. Others have already concluded as early as now that this program of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) towards regaining Asia’s basketball supremacy is nothing [...]

Nobody but Yu

Photo Courtesy: Xinhuanet.com
This would probably the last year for Chinese elite point guard Liu Wei to play for the national team. China will appear both in the FIBA-World Championship this August and the Asian Games on November. As Liu is on his way out, many observers are divided on who will fill in the vacuum [...]

Chinese ‘skyscrapers’ Part I

There are already a number of Chinese basketball players that invaded the elite professional ranks in other countries or have made name for themselves internationally. So far, among the Chinese who made it to the NBA, only Sun Yue is listed below seven feet. From Wang Zhizhi to Bateer Menk, Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, [...]

Can Toroman duplicate his feat?

Rajko Toroman is a prized catch seasoned coach for the Philippine national team. A Serbian national, Toroman ‘eats and sleeps’ basketball. He has been into this game practically all his life.
Coach Rajko gained international attention when he piloted Iran back to the Olympics after 60 years thru the 2007 FIBA-Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan. A [...]

El Khatib bids goodbye to the international scene

Fadi El Khatib is Lebanon. Lebanon is Fadi El Khatib.
Lebanon’s most visible player last decade in the international arena has finally called it a day.  Once called as the ‘Michael Jordan’ of Asia, the six-foot-five swingman recently announced his retirement from playing in the national team beginning this years’ FIBA-World Championship. He will continue to [...]

Changing of the ‘benches’

Photo Courtesy: Philstar.com
We’re approaching the end of May and by this time almost all of the professional basketball leagues across Asia are done with their campaigns. All eyes are on the formation and training of the respective national teams. As the competitions get tougher, some countries have already begun to overhaul their programs starting with [...]

Here comes another Chris

Photo Courtesy: Spufalcons.com
After Chris Tiu and Chris Lutz, another Chris has been on the radar of the Smart Gilas national team. Chris Banchero, a Fil-Italian guard who had been making waves in the US NCAA Division II the past season is the latest prospect of the national team. He was invited by coach Rajko Toroman [...]

Jason Ballesteros: The bull-strong ‘little’ big man

Photo Courtesy: Abante.com
One of the most underrated players in the Smart Gilas roster is Jason Ballesteros. I call him a little big man because he is undersized for his position on the court. He either plays the 4 or the 5 position. Given his height at 6-foot-7, he’s short to play in the team’s frontline. [...]

Powershift?

Photo Courtesy: Swiatkoszykowki.blox.pl
It can be said that only basketball at the Asian Games and FIBA-Asia Championship are considered the major basketball tournaments in Asia. The latter being the continental qualifier for the Olympics and the World Championship. Some competitions like the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, William Jones Cup, FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup and Dubai International Basketball Tournament [...]

Let him go

Photo Courtesy: Philstar.com
Unconfirmed reports reveal that former Ateneo Blue Eagle Rabeh Al–hussaini is contemplating of exercising the exit clause in his contract with the Smart Gilas to join 2010 PBA draft. If this rumor is true, I would rather see him out of the national pool as early as now. Right from the very start, [...]

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