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CHINA TO HOST 2019 FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP


AUGUST 7 --Chinese delegation, basketball star Yao Ming (L), Chinese Olympic Committee vice president Gao Zhidan (2nd L) and vice Mayor of Beijing and China 2019 bid committee chairman Zhang Jiandong (3rd R) and Philippines’ delegation, president of Philippines Basketball Manuel V Pangilinan (3rd R), eight-time world boxing champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (2nd R) and actor Lou Diamond Phillips (R) pose in a photo session of the media availability in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup host announcement ceremony in Tokyo on August 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
The Republic of China will host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The decision was announced by FIBA President Horacio Muratore at the official announcement ceremony 6:30 p.m. today, August 7. China has outdone Philippines, the other final candidate, in a close bid. Beijing’s Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong welcomed the decision in a speech. THIE FULL REPORT ...RELATED STORY...

ALSO: Infrastructure a major factor in FIBA decision says PBA great


Ramon Fernandez | File Photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Basketball legend Ramon Fernandez said the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas had nothing to be ashamed of despite losing to world power China in the final bid for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The Cebu-based Fernandez felt being one of two countries left standing to challenge China for the right to host the world championships was a great feat in itself. "At least, umabot tayo hanggang sa dulo. And for me, just to be up there till the 11th hour is already a great achievement," Fernandez told Philstar.com, shortly after the Fiba Central Board declared China the new host of the World Cup in 2019. Fernandez said China's vast experience in hosting major sports events, along with its ability to come up with giant infrastructures may have convinced Fiba to award the hosting rights to the Chinese in the end. "In my opinion, I would say the infrastructure was a major factor (in Fiba's decision). I can't think of any other factors," he said. "Kasi kung sa atin four (venues), sa China mga walo." The Filipino cage great cited that during the first all-professional team's participation in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, the Chinese showed their might by building a massive athlete's village and a huge commercial area. The 61-year-old Fernandez was actually part of the first-ever PBA-backed national side which lost to China, 90-76 in the gold medal round. READ MORE...

ALSO: Venues, facilities lead FIBA to pick China


YAO MEETS PACQUIAO: Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and former NBA center Yao Ming pose for a photo ahead of FIBA’s announcement on whether the Philippines or China would host the 2019 Basketball World Cup. China was declared the winner during the FIBA ceremony held in Tokyo yesterday. AP
TOKYO – The Philippines came close to bagging the hosting rights for the FIBA 2019 World Cup but in the end, lost out to China whose size, facilities, resources and infrastructure made the world’s most populous country the safe choice as the FIBA Central Board disclosed its decision after a secret vote at the Prince Park Tower Hotel here last night.
FIBA president Horacio Muratore of Argentina took out China’s name from a large envelope given by his predecessor Yvan Mainini of France on stage in a conference room where hours earlier, both bidders delivered audio-visual presentations to promote their countries. For China, it was just another day at the office, another sporting event to host and the celebration from its delegation that included NBA legend Yao Ming was subdued. Only a week ago, China was awarded the hosting rights to the 2022 Winter Olympics. SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan said it was the proudest moment of his life to participate in the bid. He was warmly congratulated by FIBA officials and the Chinese delegation for spearheading the bold effort to bring the World Cup to the Philippines where basketball is loved with a passion.

While the consensus was the Philippines had a more impressive audio-visual presentation, FIBA put a lot of weight behind China’s offer of eight existing venues in different cities and the promise of mobilizing a massive market of 1.3 billion people. China’s bid was anchored on the slogan “More Than Ever” and provided an unprecedented platform of eight host cities in Beijing, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Dongguan, Suzhou, Nanjing and Foshan. Even Yao Ming admitted the Philippines outperformed China in the audio-visuals. While the Philippines focused on love of the game, China reminded FIBA that “we have never let you down,” a message that reverberated and smacked of collecting a debt. Whenever FIBA needed a host for the FIBA Asia Championships, China was always available. Next month, Changsha will be the site of the FIBA Asia Championships, the third in the last four editions hosted by China. The enormity of China’s resources was evident in the audio-visuals which put each host city’s capacity to accommodate guests to 100,000 hotel rooms with five-star amenities. Xu Jicheng, deputy director of the media and communications department of the 2022 Winter Olympics bid committee, said China’s four international airports are accessible by direct flights from 230 countries and high-speed trains travelling 350 kilometers an hour will connect the eight host cities. He said the visitors will be given dedicated buses and cars during the tournament. READ MORE...

ALSO: PBA earns P200M from gate receipts


AUGUST 10 --SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan (second from right) with (from left) TV5 Sports head Chot Reyes, Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Fil-Am celebrity Lou Diamond Phillips and former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag. JOAQUIN HENSON
TOKYO – Outgoing PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio is reporting a total gate receipts of over P200 million in PBA Season 40 as he passes the baton of league leadership to returning chair Robert Non in their five-day planning session at Tokyo Hilton. Gregorio and Chito Salud, the league’s eighth commissioner now serving as PBA president/chief executive officer, led the first group that flew to this Japanese capital Thursday, throwing support to the Phl contingent in the bidding war for the 2019 FIBA World Cup hosting rights Friday. Also with the group were Meralco’s Al Panlilio, NLEX’s Ramoncito Fernandez, Blackwater’s Wilbert Loa and Kia’s Manny Pacquiao and Eric Pineda. Non, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Star’s Rene Pardo, Globalport’s Erick Arejola, Barako Bull’s Manny Alvarez, Alaska’s Richard Bachmann, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon and Kia’s Tom Alvarez and Bobby Rosales were with the group that arrived here yesterday for their annual gab to chart their courses of action for the coming season. Non takes his second turn as league chair with Arejola as his vice chair. “Chairman Gregorio’s tenure was a success story in the PBA and we’d like to sustain that growth,” said Non, league chairman in 2012 when he sat as board representative of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. “We’ve long envisioned the PBA to be a way of life among Filipinos,” Non also said. “We want to sustain that attitude by giving the fans what they crave for – a more dynamic and vibrant league that’s watched everywhere.” Gregorio and Salud will report their accomplishments in the season just past then the board formally elects its new set of officers including Chito Narvasa as the league’s ninth commissioner. READ MORE...

ALSO FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP: Gilas Pilipinas pool announced


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The national team pool was finally announced.
A list of 16 players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) were named part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool that will compete in the FIBA Asia Championship in China from September 23 to October 3, according to a post on the PBA's official Twitter account Monday (August 3). The players Baldwin requested from the PBA are: Gilas_Pilipinas_Pool_CNNPH.png Earlier reports said that Tenorio (health concerns), Fajardo (injury), and Pingris (personal matters) won't likely be part of the Gilas pool but the three remained on Baldwin's PBA wishlist. Baldwin had expressed that the pool is a "working list." Naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche, who suited up for Gilas in the FIBA World Cup last year, was not part of the list but is expected to be included in the final lineup. Also missing is Troy Rosario, a Gilas Cadet and one of the top prospects in the upcoming PBA draft. The journey before FIBA Asia As part of their preparation for the biennial tournament, Baldwin and his troops will embark to Turkey for a week long training camp and a pocket tourney against teams from Estonia, Iceland and Netherlands. READ MORE...

ALSO BACK IN MARCH: Which players did Gilas coach Tab Baldwin approach in Palawan? Let's find out


Among the players who sources said sat down for a talk with Tab Baldwin were Greg Slaughter, Calvin Abueva and Arwind Santos. The Gilas coach didn't talk to James Yap. Jerome Ascano/ Jaime Campos
BY now, we all know that Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin took advantage of the last PBA All-Star Weekend to pick the brains of PBA players as he prepares to form a pool for the next national team bound for the Fiba-Asia championships in China this September. "I came here to have the opportunity to sit down with as many of the players (who were here), just to talk about Gilas, talk about the experience and their interests," Baldwin, who arrived in Palawan on Friday and left with the main bulk of the delegation on Sunday, told Spin.ph. Taking advantage of the relaxed mood and a rare time when most PBA stars were bunched in one place, the former New Zealand national coach said he had the opportunity to talk to most of the players on his wish list. Asked who among the players he talked to, the new Gilas coach clammed up. "Yes I mind (revealing the names)," he said. "It's part of the process."
See Baldwin connects with Gilas 'candidates' as gets ready to name national pool However, a check with the players who were in Palawan showed Baldwin spent a great deal of time talking to players like Ginebra's LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar and Talk 'N Text's Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, which is no surprise since the four were part of the last Gilas team in which Baldwin was a consultant. The meetings, a source said, also led him to a conversation with San Miguel Beer's Arwind Santos, who happened to be de Ocampo's roommate in Palawan. Santos has made no secret of his desire to play for the national team again. READ MORE...


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China to host 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup


Chinese delegation, basketball star Yao Ming (L), Chinese Olympic Committee vice president Gao Zhidan (2nd L) and vice Mayor of Beijing and China 2019 bid committee chairman Zhang Jiandong (3rd R) and Philippines’ delegation, president of Philippines Basketball Manuel V Pangilinan (3rd R), eight-time world boxing champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao (2nd R) and actor Lou Diamond Phillips (R) pose in a photo session of the media availability in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup host announcement ceremony in Tokyo on August 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Tessa Distor August 7, 2015 (updated) - The Republic of China will host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The decision was announced by FIBA President Horacio Muratore at the official announcement ceremony 6:30 p.m. today, August 7.

China has outdone Philippines, the other final candidate, in a close bid.

Beijing’s Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong welcomed the decision in a speech.

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FIBA: PH and China engages in ‘friendly’ dispute by Tessa Distor August 7, 2015 (updated) -


Yao Ming (CHN) and Manny Pacquiao (PHI) - 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Host Announcement Ceremony Yao Ming (CHN) and Manny Pacquiao (PHI) – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Host Announcement Ceremony

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Basketball idol Yao Ming were straightforward in their bid for their respective countries to host the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

According to FIBA’s official website, the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of China are currently holding the two leading figures, “hours before FIBA’s Central Board is set to make its decision”.


Manny Pacquiao, Philippines Congressman and eight-time world boxing champion: “I am a boxer but I am here because I love basketball so that tells you the passion that Filipinos have for  basketball. If we host the
2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup,
we can show that passion to the world.”

Yao Ming, China 2019 Ambassador and basketball star (asked to compare, based on his visits to the Philippines, the love of basketball there compared to the love of basketball in China): “You can’t say that one type of love is better than the other.
Both are great. Both countries have a great passion
for basketball, particularly for FIBA basketball.”


PHILSTAR

Infrastructure a major factor in FIBA decision says PBA great By Richard Dy, contributor (philstar.com) | Updated August 8, 2015 - 8:00am 17 167 googleplus0 0


Ramon Fernandez | File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Basketball legend Ramon Fernandez said the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas had nothing to be ashamed of despite losing to world power China in the final bid for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

The Cebu-based Fernandez felt being one of two countries left standing to challenge China for the right to host the world championships was a great feat in itself.

"At least, umabot tayo hanggang sa dulo. And for me, just to be up there till the 11th hour is already a great achievement," Fernandez told Philstar.com, shortly after the Fiba Central Board declared China the new host of the World Cup in 2019.

Fernandez said China's vast experience in hosting major sports events, along with its ability to come up with giant infrastructures may have convinced Fiba to award the hosting rights to the Chinese in the end.

"In my opinion, I would say the infrastructure was a major factor (in Fiba's decision). I can't think of any other factors," he said.

"Kasi kung sa atin four (venues), sa China mga walo."

The Filipino cage great cited that during the first all-professional team's participation in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, the Chinese showed their might by building a massive athlete's village and a huge commercial area.

The 61-year-old Fernandez was actually part of the first-ever PBA-backed national side which lost to China, 90-76 in the gold medal round.

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The Chinese didn't stop there, he added, pointing out to their successful hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, showcasing their claim to being the new world power.

"Malayo na talaga sila (Chinese) kasi naalala ko, nung 1990, they already built a new athlete's village and a big commercial area during the Asian Games. And we know nakapag-host na din sila ng Olympics. So that for me is a major factor bakit sila nanalo." he added.

But Fernandez remains hopeful that this painful loss to China will make the SBP wiser and stronger should it try to bid again to host the World Cup in the future.

"Hopefully, sa susunud (na mag-bid ang SBP), atin na iyan," said Fernandez, a member of the national side that played in the 1974 world championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Fernandez is just one of two players to have won the PBA MVP four times, retiring in 1994 after winning multiple league championships and holding several individual records.


PHILSTAR

Venues, facilities lead FIBA to pick China By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 8, 2015 - 12:00am 2 30 googleplus0 0


YAO MEETS PACQUIAO: Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and former NBA center Yao Ming pose for a photo ahead of FIBA’s announcement on whether the Philippines or China would host the 2019 Basketball World Cup. China was declared the winner during the FIBA ceremony held in Tokyo yesterday. AP

TOKYO – The Philippines came close to bagging the hosting rights for the FIBA 2019 World Cup but in the end, lost out to China whose size, facilities, resources and infrastructure made the world’s most populous country the safe choice as the FIBA Central Board disclosed its decision after a secret vote at the Prince Park Tower Hotel here last night.

FIBA president Horacio Muratore of Argentina took out China’s name from a large envelope given by his predecessor Yvan Mainini of France on stage in a conference room where hours earlier, both bidders delivered audio-visual presentations to promote their countries. For China, it was just another day at the office, another sporting event to host and the celebration from its delegation that included NBA legend Yao Ming was subdued. Only a week ago, China was awarded the hosting rights to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan said it was the proudest moment of his life to participate in the bid. He was warmly congratulated by FIBA officials and the Chinese delegation for spearheading the bold effort to bring the World Cup to the Philippines where basketball is loved with a passion.

While the consensus was the Philippines had a more impressive audio-visual presentation, FIBA put a lot of weight behind China’s offer of eight existing venues in different cities and the promise of mobilizing a massive market of 1.3 billion people. China’s bid was anchored on the slogan “More Than Ever” and provided an unprecedented platform of eight host cities in Beijing, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Dongguan, Suzhou, Nanjing and Foshan.

Even Yao Ming admitted the Philippines outperformed China in the audio-visuals. While the Philippines focused on love of the game, China reminded FIBA that “we have never let you down,” a message that reverberated and smacked of collecting a debt. Whenever FIBA needed a host for the FIBA Asia Championships, China was always available. Next month, Changsha will be the site of the FIBA Asia Championships, the third in the last four editions hosted by China.

The enormity of China’s resources was evident in the audio-visuals which put each host city’s capacity to accommodate guests to 100,000 hotel rooms with five-star amenities. Xu Jicheng, deputy director of the media and communications department of the 2022 Winter Olympics bid committee, said China’s four international airports are accessible by direct flights from 230 countries and high-speed trains travelling 350 kilometers an hour will connect the eight host cities. He said the visitors will be given dedicated buses and cars during the tournament.

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The Philippines’ lack of infrastructure to match China’s development was a handicap.

In a statement, Malacañang commended the Philippine delegation, headed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Tourism chief Ramon Jimenez, Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, Sarangani Rep. and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Pangilinan, for their “spirited endeavor.”

“We will continue to promote the Philippines as an investment, tourism and events destination,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

“At the onset, we knew we had only a 10 percent chance of winning the bid but we wanted to give it our best shot,” said Octagon Asia Pacific president Sean Nicholls who played a major role in steering the direction of the Philippine bid. “We went out there with the goal of trying to beat a giant. China eventually edged us out. It had to be a close vote because the Central Board asked for two delays before deciding.”

The original schedule was the decision would be announced at 5:30 p.m. (Manila time). Then it was delayed to 6 p.m. and finally, to 6:15 p.m.

TV5 Sports head and 5-time PBA Coach of the Year Chot Reyes called it a double overtime win for China. “The easy decision was to give it to China with all its resources and money,” said Reyes. “The fact that FIBA delayed its decision twice meant we made them think and rethink.”

Pangilinan, Reyes, former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag and Fil-Am celebrity Lou Diamond Phillips spoke during the audio-visual presentation. Phillips, who flew in from Los Angeles, said losing the bid was nothing to be ashamed of. “We fought a good fight,” he said. “I thought our message rang loud and clear. As I spoke on stage, I looked into the eyes of the Central Board members and I had a good feeling. I think they knew what we were talking about and they felt our love for the game.”

The hard facts and money on the table, however, were the convincing factors. The minimum bid for the hosting rights was 8 Million Euros of the equivalent of P460 Million. It was estimated that China offered at least double the amount. The Philippines attempted to put the bidding war into a different plane because clearly, there was no way David could match Goliath’s resources. Reyes said the country’s undying love for basketball would change the game forever if the Philippines could host the World Cup.

“This is the digital media age and we’re wondering how China will resolve the issue of restrictions,” said an observer. “When the Philippines launched the hashtag #Puso2019, it immediately trended all over the world. How will China match that global reach? The Philippines is the No. 1 social media capital of the world and the FIBA would’ve been the direct beneficiary of that capability to reach out to millions.”

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said now that the bid has been awarded, the Philippines moves on to tackle another goal – to win the coming FIBA Asia Championships for the right to represent Asia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Freddie Webb, who was on the last Philippine team to play at the Olympics in 1972, attended the presentations. If the Philippines makes it to Rio, the return to Olympic basketball will mean the end of a 44-year wait.


PHILSTAR

PBA earns P200M from gate receipts By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 10, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan (second from right) with (from left) TV5 Sports head Chot Reyes, Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Fil-Am celebrity Lou Diamond Phillips and former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag. JOAQUIN HENSON

TOKYO – Outgoing PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio is reporting a total gate receipts of over P200 million in PBA Season 40 as he passes the baton of league leadership to returning chair Robert Non in their five-day planning session at Tokyo Hilton.

Gregorio and Chito Salud, the league’s eighth commissioner now serving as PBA president/chief executive officer, led the first group that flew to this Japanese capital Thursday, throwing support to the Phl contingent in the bidding war for the 2019 FIBA World Cup hosting rights Friday.

Also with the group were Meralco’s Al Panlilio, NLEX’s Ramoncito Fernandez, Blackwater’s Wilbert Loa and Kia’s Manny Pacquiao and Eric Pineda.

Non, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Star’s Rene Pardo, Globalport’s Erick Arejola, Barako Bull’s Manny Alvarez, Alaska’s Richard Bachmann, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon and Kia’s Tom Alvarez and Bobby Rosales were with the group that arrived here yesterday for their annual gab to chart their courses of action for the coming season.

Non takes his second turn as league chair with Arejola as his vice chair.

“Chairman Gregorio’s tenure was a success story in the PBA and we’d like to sustain that growth,” said Non, league chairman in 2012 when he sat as board representative of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

“We’ve long envisioned the PBA to be a way of life among Filipinos,” Non also said. “We want to sustain that attitude by giving the fans what they crave for – a more dynamic and vibrant league that’s watched everywhere.”

Gregorio and Salud will report their accomplishments in the season just past then the board formally elects its new set of officers including Chito Narvasa as the league’s ninth commissioner.

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PBA@40 was another banner season where the league hit the P200-million mark on gate receipts for the second straight year.

The season commenced before a record crowd of 52,612 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan – a smashing start in the Philippine Cup that concluded in a blockbuster full seven-game finale between San Miguel Beer and Alaska Milk.

The league drew tremendous support from corporate sponsors, including Nickel Asia Corporation that brought the 2015 PBA All-Star Game to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

There’s also the well-attended two-game swing by the league in Dubai during the season-ending Governors Cup.

Three new ball clubs in Kia, Blackwater and NLEX, the entry of Pacquiao as Kia playing coach and the unveiling of Asian imports spiced up the season where the San Miguel Beermen emerged as double champs while the Talk n Text Tropang Texters reemerged as Commissioner’s Cup winners.

So exciting and interesting was the season that the league is planning to keep the format for Season 41.


CNN PHILIPPINES

Gilas Pilipinas pool announced By JC Ansis, CNN Philippines Updated 18:10 PM PHT Wed, August 5, 2015 913431

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The national team pool was finally announced.

A list of 16 players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) were named part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool that will compete in the FIBA Asia Championship in China from September 23 to October 3, according to a post on the PBA's official Twitter account Monday (August 3).

The players Baldwin requested from the PBA are:

Gilas_Pilipinas_Pool_CNNPH.png

Earlier reports said that Tenorio (health concerns), Fajardo (injury), and Pingris (personal matters) won't likely be part of the Gilas pool but the three remained on Baldwin's PBA wishlist.

Baldwin had expressed that the pool is a "working list."

Naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche, who suited up for Gilas in the FIBA World Cup last year, was not part of the list but is expected to be included in the final lineup.

Also missing is Troy Rosario, a Gilas Cadet and one of the top prospects in the upcoming PBA draft.

The journey before FIBA Asia As part of their preparation for the biennial tournament, Baldwin and his troops will embark to Turkey for a week long training camp and a pocket tourney against teams from Estonia, Iceland and Netherlands.

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Gilas is also slated to compete in the Jones Cup from August 29 to September 6 in Taipei before they play in a four-nation tournament, the MVP Cup, in Manila from September 11 to 13.

The other participating teams, aside from the Philippines, are New Zealand, Lebanon, and Chinese Taipei.

The competition The winner of the FIBA Asia Championship will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The silver and bronze medalists, meanwhile, will have to go through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Philippines is bracketed in Group B with Palestine, Kuwait, and East Asian champion (Hong Kong or Mongolia).

Defending champion Iran was put in Group A with Japan, Malaysia, and the South Asia qualifier, while Group C will make up of Korea, Jordan, Singapore, and China.

Chinese Taipei, Lebanon, Qatar, and Kazakhstan are in Group D.

Gilas Pilipinas 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Tab Baldwin JC Ansis 913431


SPIN.PH FLASHBACK MARCH 10, 2015

Which players did Gilas coach Tab Baldwin approach in Palawan? Let's find out From: Snow BaduaMarch 10, 2015, 06:52 pm


Among the players who sources said sat down for a talk with Tab Baldwin were Greg Slaughter, Calvin Abueva and Arwind Santos. The Gilas coach didn't talk to James Yap. Jerome Ascano/ Jaime Campos

BY now, we all know that Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin took advantage of the last PBA All-Star Weekend to pick the brains of PBA players as he prepares to form a pool for the next national team bound for the Fiba-Asia championships in China this September.

"I came here to have the opportunity to sit down with as many of the players (who were here), just to talk about Gilas, talk about the experience and their interests," Baldwin, who arrived in Palawan on Friday and left with the main bulk of the delegation on Sunday, told Spin.ph. Taking advantage of the relaxed mood and a rare time when most PBA stars were bunched in one place, the former New Zealand national coach said he had the opportunity to talk to most of the players on his wish list. Asked who among the players he talked to, the new Gilas coach clammed up. "Yes I mind (revealing the names)," he said. "It's part of the process."

See Baldwin connects with Gilas 'candidates' as gets ready to name national pool

However, a check with the players who were in Palawan showed Baldwin spent a great deal of time talking to players like Ginebra's LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar and Talk 'N Text's Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, which is no surprise since the four were part of the last Gilas team in which Baldwin was a consultant. The meetings, a source said, also led him to a conversation with San Miguel Beer's Arwind Santos, who happened to be de Ocampo's roommate in Palawan. Santos has made no secret of his desire to play for the national team again.

READ MORE...

Sources also revealed that Baldwin had the opportunity to talk to Alaska's Calvin Abueva, Ginebra's Greg Slaughter, GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo, Talk 'N Text rookies Kevin Alas and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, and the four Rain or Shine players who were part of Chot Reyes' Fiba World Cup pool, namely Paul Lee, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan.

See Baldwin on Arwind Santos: 'I like some of the things he can offer to the national team'

Curiously, one player he didn't talk to was Purefoods star James Yap, the two-time league MVP who is enjoying a career resurgence after helping Purefoods win a first grand slam last season.

The 33-year-old gunner, one of the best clutch shooters in the league, mostly spent his time in Palawan with teammates Marc Pingris, Joe Devance, PJ Simon, Purefoods therapist Arcee Cua, Rain or Shine's Chris Tiu, NLEX veteran Asi Taulava and Yap's roommate Reynel Hugnatan.

Yap admitted: "Wala, hindi kami nag-usap (ni Baldwin). 'Di rin niya ko nilapitan."

The Purefoods star, who last wore the national colors in the 2009 Fiba-Asia in China, was quick to say he won't mind if he doesn't get an invitation for the national pool tryouts, adding he will continue to support the national team no matter what.

Then again, having a talk with Baldwin in Palawan doesn't guarantee inclusion in the pool which the Gilas coach said could number in the mid-twenties before being pruned down to 16 in the days leading up to the Fiba-Asia campaign, a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

But if Baldwin didn't talk to a player, does it mean he is not being considered?

Well, that's for us to find out soon. Baldwin said he plans to announce his 25-man pool during the course of the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs.


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