Who’s in? Who’s out?

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The Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team is in its crucial stages of preparation for the FIBA-Asia Championship slated this September in Wuhan, China. As of this writing, it is leading the pack among ten teams in the ongoing Commisioner’s Cup of the Philippine Basketball Associaiton (PBA). It has been agreed [...]


Smart Gilas had an impressive debut on its return stint in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) by beating the reigning Philippine Cup Champions Philippine Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters on their own up-tempo game, 103-98 moments ago. The Philippine national team started strong in the first quarter going 17-3 in the first few minutes and [...]

Holding on?

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Smart Gilas national basketball team will vie for the lone Olympic slot on September this year with Rajko Toroman at the helm. Now I doubt if it’s worth holding on to him.
Right after the debacle at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last November, SBP Executive director Noli Eala tweeted that he wouldn’t comment [...]

32nd Jones Cup tidbits – Part II

Six grueling games in seven days of intense competition is over in Taipei. Here are more of my thoughts in the annual tournament in honor of Renato William Jones, one of the pillars of FIBA:

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 [...]

Changing of the ‘benches’

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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

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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 [...]

Dylan Ababou: Playing above expectations

Finally, my guessing game on who would win this year’s MVP race in the UAAP came to an end early this week.  Dylan Ababou of the University of Santo Tomas narrowly beat Ateneo’s Rabah Al- Hussaini and FEU’s Aldrech Ramos in the race for the top individual honor for the Philippines’ premiere collegiate league.  I’ve [...]

Rajko Toroman: Breaking new grounds

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For almost a year now, Rajko Toroman has been a fixture in the Philippine basketball scene.  When his contract with the Iran’s national basketball team expired right after the 2008 Olympics, SBP Executive Director Noli Eala didn’t think twice to get the services of the coach that steered Iran to its first Olympic [...]

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