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Health vs. Benjamins

ON the resumption of NBA play at this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, here’s my take. The selfishness in me says let’s go ahead so we can have fun watching you guys kick each other’s butts in the comforts of our home and put our boredom to a stop. But the wisdom in me […]

Before PBA, there was MICAA

With the stay-at-home policy still in effect for the elderly since March 15, no thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic, allow this battle-scarred dinosaur to continue to turn back the hands of time in the world of Philippine basketball. Most hoop fans worth their salt know something about the professional league Philippine Basketball Association, which […]

Who’s who in Philippine basketball history (part 12)

Our historic look at some of the best roundballers or historic moments in Philippine basketball during the Swinging Seventies continues. Forget them not. THE QUIZ (part 12) 111 – Long before there was the PBA in 1975, there was the country’s premier commercial league, the MICAA (Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association), which was established […]

Who’s who in Philippine basketball history (part 11)

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I just need the first name and surname of some of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players from the Swinging Seventies. The long quiz begins. Get ready with your ball pens, I mean, mobile phones and tablets. THE QUIZ (part 11) 101 – This […]

Who’s who in Philippine basketball history (part 10)

The game being the national pastime of many Filipinos, it is no small wonder that there have been many prominent athletes in local basketball history, whether it be in the collegiate, amateur/professional ranks or international competitions, since the sport was invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in December 1898. With this Baby Boomer […]

Will the NBA superstars play in Orlando?

PLAYERS who are hedging or fence-sitting on whether to travel to Orlando for the resumption of NBA play at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex only have until June 24 (June 25 Manila time) to inform the league of their decision. Any player who voluntarily declines to play will not be paid his salary. […]

Who’s who in Philippine basketball history (part 9)

The game being the national pastime of many Filipinos, it is no small wonder that there have been many prominent athletes in local basketball history, whether it be in the collegiate, amateur/professional ranks or international competitions, since the sport was invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in December 1898. With this Baby Boomer […]

NBA restart

BASKETBALL Hall of Famer Charles Barkley disagrees with the plan of Kyrie Irving, the outspoken but injured guard of the Brooklyn Nets, and Dwight Howard, a valuable center reserve for the championship-contending Los Angeles Lakers, not to return to complete the 2019-20 NBA season. “It will be a catastrophic mistake for NBA players not to […]

Who’s who in Philippine sports (part 8)

The game being the national pastime of many Filipinos, it is no small wonder that there have been many prominent athletes in local basketball history, whether it be in the collegiate, amateur/professional ranks or international competitions, since the sport was invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in December 1898. With this Baby Boomer […]

Who’s who in Philippine basketball history (part 7)

The game being the national pastime of many Filipinos, it is no small wonder that there have been many prominent athletes in local basketball history, whether it be in the collegiate, amateur/professional ranks or international competitions, since the sport was invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in December 1898. With this Baby Boomer […]

Who’s who in Philippine basketball history (part 6)

The game being the national pastime of many Filipinos, it is no small wonder that there have been many prominent athletes in local basketball history, whether it be in the collegiate, amateur/professional ranks or international competitions, since the sport was invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in December 1898. With this Baby Boomer […]

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