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FIBA WC 2023 – PHI-JAP-IND

“The Power of Three” and “Play It Louder Than Ever.”

The end of the year just painted the widest smile in every hoops fans in these three countries as  FIBA Central Board officially announced and formally endorsed it to the world. Excitement envelope our heart as we try to imagine things come 2023 ! that’s six full years and we collectively look at the line up of potential candidate to don the national colors from the ranks of junior to senior high varsity teams and the remaining strength of those young guns in the current team.

The announcement just fuel up the programs for basketball leagues, to find great talent, to train harder with a great length of time for preparation and gone is the reason of short training, jiving up, cohesion and whatever you may want to call it.

Were hoping that there’ll be no game of politics along the way but pure solid support for the team, the lack of long term program thinking must shelve and create a committee of professionals to attend to the rigors of preparation, programs, training’s, player selection, and others.

So who are your team for the coming 2023 FIBA World Cup ? Bear in mind that they should be able to withstand a long term commitment, sacrifices and dedication with one full goal and that is to win the coveted gold and eventually see our flag in the Olympics.

Name your team and lets start a very good conversation till the national team evolves into one of the most best formed team in the history of Philippines Basketball Team.

My first take is to have KAI SOTTO start training exclusively in the US under the trainer of Giannis Antetokounmpo ! – Paquito 

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Rejected or Ejected

Any referee must see the whole thing with impartiality, without any vested interest and must maintain that unbiased judgement all throughout the prescribed time in the determination of results. A lot must be in different fence or ideologies when it comes to the recent debacles the referees were in for the NBA current season games but this time it involves the superstars in their own will… from Carmelo Anthony to Kevin Durant. Some labeled it as nasty while for the others they’ve opined it as just and deserving. Whilst we forgot that the 11th, 12th and 13th man on the floor presence were duly recognized by both teams and the fans were all but there to witness the game.

Some have expressed their disappointment through their social media accounts, given their status in the league as role models and risking the multi million dollar endorsement contract they have. Then this meant real issue they got to face if they want the fans to stay in those pricey bleachers aight…

The fans are there to witness high intense and close game as possible as they can and when the assigned arbiter take things into their hands the outcome not only displeases the fans but the main act themselves.. the players.

For the meantime, congratulations to the new UAAP Season 80 Basketball champion the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles who dethroned the De La Salle University Green Archers in the final score of 88 – 86, where both teams have high respect to the officiating all throughout the game. Nice game.

Go by the rules no more no less. – Paquito

Cheap-Prized Moves

Packing up your team with a load of stars is an act of fear in disguise of rebuilding. The trend in sports have become a culture of will to win the championship at the expense of bringing together superstars and wreck havoc to those whose values are still patterned for ages. To receive a salary way too low the market value is tantamount to acknowledging the mission not to compete fair and square but with overload of power and deceit.

But who’s to blame? The team owner or the players? They’re claiming to they wanted to be the marquee player, the floor director, the leader of the band or the alpha of the team but they chose to go with teams who’ve gone through the playoffs instead of signing with those bottom finishers.

Gone are the character of a total warrior, competitor or up to the challenge players who’ll stick it through pain and pride all year long. The game has become a circus instead of a competition. An event instead of a ball game.

It’s the same old story, beaten by a team assembled through faithful drafts and resorted to labeling it as a super team in order not to lose the “best team tag” from the other division. What else shall we hear next time?

People are tired of seeing orchestrated stories, fans wants to witness competition where skill and strategies are played on the court not in the paper. – Paquito

Rebuilding means Strengthening , What You can learn from the CP3 Trade and Its Corporate Significance

Hello to all, fellow bloggers who never ceases to inspire our dear readers who we all valued and love for taking time to read our articles anytime of the day and what is more rewarding was they all come from all corners of the world, from Israel to China and South Africa. Thank you and May the Es-pirit de Corps always emerge and respected.

I’ve just hit the gym and when I went out CP3 is now a Rockets!.. this was one of the million of reactions from an avid fan of the league. From his own point of view, he was caught by surprised but not with the people and team owners and executives involved with the huge change as they’ve been aiming to aggressively rebuild their core team and they want it fast… thus acquisition of CP3 for the Houston Rockets with a lot of players getting the boot to make a wider space for their prize find from the trade market … making them , hmmm according to some league expert as the third best team in the NBA.

We’ve seen this happening many times, players taking their guns through social media and other memes way of letting their opinion be heard and it was clearly logical for the team executives to exercise the legal way of doing the re-alignment process of their turf favorably conducive for their commercial and league athleticism  standards. Corporate worlds has the same scenarios, middle level manager up to the high level management positions are clouted with consistent movement both initiated by the company and it employees by severing ties and bringing their talent to a place or organization they hope will give them the best of both worlds every heart desires.

Company owners have their own fears covering the whole belt of the organization they’ve had put up with their bare hands and dreams…  that employees are the most important resources they have and always assure to it the everybody gets the fair share and no one be left out once a performance bonus are handed out. Lest we must not forget that change is the only permanent thing in this world. Personal rebuilding is therefore a must if we wanted to stay in the league of our own where politics, competition and growth are all but realistic tangibles we need to surpass in order to be marketable as everybody wanted to call it.

You must knew your strengths and where to put or bring it for you to become an extra ordinary effective employee without exception to the rule. Today you might be very effective to the procedural matters of your organization but sooner or later with the never ending robotics and scientific approaches, these becomes immaterial that we found ourselves on the obsolete end of the process making the presence inappropriate.

While the acquisition of new talent versus the seasoned ones are the most common comparison and hard to swallow reality for both fences involve , a close weigh in analysis plays vital when it come to the long term direction of any organizations have in the future. This means that whenever your talent is turned down or not given any consideration it doesn’t mean that you’re not qualified but its just that your talent might be over-valued or undervalue for their needs given their long term plans.

As most of the veteran singers or performers always say, You’re only as good as your last song or performance . Never Stop Rebuilding and Continue Strengthening Yourself – Paquito

Paquito Answer for the Day 34

Still gaga over the finest and competitive sports happening in the world, from Basketball NBA 2017 Finals to French Open the Roland-Garros Tennis Championship and the US Major Baseball League that  keeps the people busy spending summer hours witnessing the best of the best compete and learn a thing or two from it. These sports momentous events should not escape your attention as it is well promoted, talked-about and discussed all over the open cafe’s, restaurants and pubs and even right inside your very own living room or theater room as you wanted to call it.

This lead us to asked, if sports is about camaraderie why does everyone has to compete ? Why just don’t play and hand over the prestigious accolades to the one or team that are willingly subscribing to give it to the one who played it below par performances? To remind him to spent more hours practicing the sport ? Wouldn’t it be fair to do such gentleman act of sportsmanship to which the sports-competition is greatly tied.

Maybe the reasons are quite obvious, the one who spent most of their hours perfecting their crafts and skills always end up the winner as evident with the grace and poised they  showed during the competition.  As we enter the middle week of the midyear month, let’s ask ourselves how do we compete with the world ? Are we still competitive or we need to take back our feet to the grind and revisit the errors we made and the blunders we take and go out and a lot better, competitive, this time stronger than the last 6 months. You will not regret it, am sure.

Stay competitive and stay on the game and beat the odds of life. – Paquito

NBA FINALS 2017- Best Opinion from a Fan, What’s Your’s Buddy?

Here is one of the best opinion from a legit NBA fan from the Philippines who shares his observation in technical and historical way on how the story of the NBA 2017 Finals will about to unfold. Live Score while writing this article is 29-18 in favor of Cleveland Cavaliers after a trey from KD with 4:44 to go in the First Quarter.  Your Comments and suggestions please.

The Golden State Warriors will be the new NBA champs a few minutes from now, IF they’d be able to close out game 4 in the Cleveland Cavalier’s home-court. Yes, they have literally toyed with the Cavs for the past 3 games, even when the 2 best players of Cavs in Lebron & Kyrie,  gave the best they could in game 3  (I gave everything I had. LBJ) , Cavs almost win,… almost.

GSW should be able to close out the series today, IF the ghosts of the past won’t hunt them, what ghosts were talking here? KD with OKC last year up 3-1 against GSW, lost to Curry and the Warriors. GSW (73-9), up 3-1 vs Cavs, failed to close out, and…

I’m sure everyone still remembers what happened next. Lebron , Kyrie ,Love & the Cavs will be part of history IF GSW is bent on closing out the finals today (GSW 16-0) , its just that they’d be on the negative side of that story. But if , Cavs would be able to win this one at home after giving it all that they could, its win or go home for them, we might be in for another great comeback from LBJ, who’s visited the Philippines, where basketball is treated like the national sport, and where everyone knows that never say die spirit from the Big J, who knows?

LBJ might actually be a fan of the Big J too.

Chris Emerenciana Santiago, ANZ , Philippines

The opinion were shared by an avid fan of the NBA, he plays Point in his Office Basketball League comprised of BPO’s. And shares the ball and his two cents opinion in every great basketball match-up.

Respect is the best anchorage of any success! – Paquito

 

NBA Finals ; Cavs Must Win All Games! Do You Still Believe They Can ? Read it Here

All I was looking at is the bottom of the net and I’ve been working on that shot my whole life…. For that one to go was liberating.” Kevin Durant said during a post game interview that saw his new team the Golden State Warriors one win away to the Championship podium.

Will you give up when the going get’s tough and the chance to do it become tougher than it should’ve use to be? This is the very nature of challenging situation that multi-awarded basketball MVP LeBron James and his teammates are now facing.  No more room left for excuses, no more space for error and no fraction of a seconds is worth left unused for every time they play the opponent who are determined to dethroned them in four chances resume the best of seven series at the Cavaliers home court, the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio USA.

Will Lebron and the Cavaliers be Able to Equalize? Here are my Suggestions!

The ball is round as expected from those die hard fans (DefendTheLand) who still believes that the team has also four chances to still win it and that it’s just made the series more excited but realistically complicated if not frustratingly difficult, if only they could’ve been able to turn back the hands of time and put on the correct plays and defensive stops.

Let me put it this way, the defending champs have all four chances to win it game after game till the last seventh of the series while the Golden State Warriors have the same number of chance to close it game after every game and the same amount of literal energy, intensity and intelligent way to win it and close the best of seven series of the National Basketball Association 2017 Finals and return back the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to the Bay Area.  Your comments are highly valuable to the NBA fans.

-photos credit to the warriors Instagram account.***

One game at a time, both believers battle-cry coming from different ends to start. – Paquito 

Will Lebron and the Cavaliers be Able to Equalize? Here are my Suggestions!

The defending Champs are seemed to be digging almost the same hole in the current NBA Finals  where the Golden State Warriors are leading them at 2 to nothing in the best of seven series heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers home court where many observers say that role players plays their best,… for games 3 and 4 before going back to the Oracle Arena at the Bay Area for Game 5.

The King was never been a disappointment for the last two game loses judging from his latest triple double performance and a better middle game tenacity where the lead was just down to 3,  67 – 64 for the Warriors , but outplayed in that second quarter 30 – 27  in favor of Cavs. They were unable to sustain that momentum and caught flatfooted with the Warriors blazing guns as they unloaded a flurry of treys and open shots off some transition that was too much for them to matched as Lebron James tirelessly fought back without any help from his teammates.

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Unless the supporting crews produce substantial numbers in the stat-sheets thats the only time we can say that the Championship series is not over yet. The likes of Kevin Love, Kyle Kolver , JR Smith and Kyrie Irving must step up in terms of offense and Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson, Tristan Thompson and Deron Williams should make their turns in defending and sacrificing their bodies to force turnovers which is the missing factor in the past two games. How will Coach Tyrone Lue make adjustments will be seen in the next two games and that is how will they CONSISTENTLY COVER AT THE SAME TIME the threat of outside offense of the Warriors, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

We wanted to see a close game, a dog-fight… an intense one where the results are being decided in the remaining fraction of a seconds. Will the Cavaliers response with the more challenging and opposing team lead by the trifecta of KD, SC and KT? Will the Cleveland come out with a consistent offense for the first 12 minutes, second 24, third 36 and fourth full quarters 48 minutes of the game and still have an ounce of air for an Overtime if necessary?

That’s one of the key factor here, the Warriors key players have the luxury to grasp for air when needed as the bench players were similarly putting up numbers and help defense whenever the Cavaliers make their run. Does the proper and timely use of time outs spell the same factor, to some experts… YES. The Warriors simply push the red button if needed and that truly made the difference in sustaining the momentum they’ve built and like a piece of lollipop they don’t wanna lose the lead even for a single point, but the dreaded fact is they’re always leading in double figures.

One game at a time here’s what the Cavaliers need to check;

  • Get back Kyrie Irving to play position 1 for Lebron to play SOLID 2.
  • The Kick and Roll thing they’ve done against their previous playoffs opponents must be put into action, where Kevin Love and Kyle Korver becomes open and hit their specialties .
  • Look-out for those in-bound plays and avoid that ugly double screens, thats too amateur and make the complicated play overly complicated.
  • Put somebody to Defend Kevin Durant, so as not to get Lebron James easily tired and out of gas going into the last two quarters of the game where the chips are high.
  • Reactivate JR Smith to his old role, he”s been the weakest link so far. Let him hold the ball during offense to create openings and mismatches for LBJ and KL.
  • Put either of the Jones ( James and Dahntay) to defend alternately the trifecta of the Warriors.
  • Engage the Warriors with a more solid physical game. Man for man.
  • Give Lebron and Kyrie at least 2 minutes rest or 30 seconds per quarter when necessary.
  • Dont let the Warriors lead by double figures going to the last quarter, stay close or at least always on the gas if possible.
  • Match the intensity and speed of the Warriors from both ends of the court, there should be no dull seconds, this is a Championship series.

consistency is the key and play with the same intensity for the four full quarters to win the game.

Hey, you’re the Defending Champs here SO PLAY LIKE ONE, thats the reason why the Golden Sate Warriors are leading the series because they’re defensively ready to take or to challenge every attempt the Cavaliers made from the parking lot to the inside paint area without thinking of being fouled out and unable to finish the game. That’s a character that really spells the difference … for now.

Champions must always be ready to defend to retain the crown. – Paquito

Warriors Sweep the Spurs heading to the NBA Finals for the Third Time!

The NBA fever is heating up as the bold predictions of basketball gurus and fans are slowly taking shape ! We can never be excited with the recent win of the Boston Celtics versus the defending NBA champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now that the Golden State Warriors have flexed its muscle via multiple sweep that started with the Portland Trailblazers where Damian Lillard predicted a bold 4-2 victory in favor to them then followed by four to nothing western semifinals game with the Utah Jazz that seen its future in Gordon Hayward who was the only Jazz player to put up good numbers versus the Warriors defenders. And finally in the recently concluded western conference finals games against the San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant who’ve missed several games into the playoffs have made his presence felt by helping the Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green sweep the best of Texas area where most of the observers have expressed their opinions that..

“it would have been a different series should the Spurs leading scorer have not encountered that ungrateful ankle injury off a three point shot”

with Zaza Pachulia who in turn also got injured in the succeeding game and unable to play till the clincher.

The question now is , will the Warriors challenge the defending champion if ever the Cleveland Cavaliers close the series in their next two games , at home and at the TD Garden for Game 5. It is a different Warriors roster as compared to last year, gone were Andre Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Speights who are somehow part of the wrecking crews of Coach Steve Kerr.

Aside from KD as the major addition to the team, center Javale McGee provides not only the height and muscle inside the paint but his agility is nowhere near for a challenge versus any of the Eastern finalist team. Tristan Thompson is a little slower and Al Horford lacks the power to slow down McGee.


It’ll be a battle of torching the rims with consistent treys and free throws. Man for man the Warriors has a little edge in 1-2 position against the Cavs, but at the 3-4 it’s the other way around. We are about to see a battle of tenacity and sacrifices from both teams as these two have a score to settle way back two seasons. Though am not writing off the Celtics to score an upset with their depleted lineup, the way Boston guys have responded to the challenge of getting drown in the hole is remarkable. The big question is if Le Bron James will continue his poor performance in Game 3 or he’ll come with guns blazing to finish off the Celtics in Game 5 ? That needs to be seen as we can never tell what adjustments are the Celtics and Coach Brad Stevens are cooking up in Cleveland in order to duplicate the path they’ve done with the Wizards.

Think about this, the supporting crews of the Cavaliers are mere audience to Kevin Love’s shooting clinic that they’ve forgot to manned the wing in its entirety that the Celtics were able to break lose and penetrate the paint with Kelly Olynyk scoring in silence off an outstanding performance versus the Wizards.

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Boston played smarter than the Cavs with the way Coach Brad Steven handled the game in short Ty Lue was out-coached, period. What is clear right now is this … the Golden State Warriors are on their third trip to the NBA Finals waiting as if to defend the lost title not to regain it with the way the series have transpired in the west.

We let the Spurs go as the Celtics are showing it’s not luck in winning games in the east with the Cavaliers defending its land while the Dub nation are watching. – Paquito

photo credits to cbs sports, getty images, warriors instagram account.

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