Can GILAS 3.0 make it to Rio?

Gilas 3.0

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By Bong Paredes:

Gilas Pilipinas just wrapped up their week long camp in Cebu and with the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to be an armchair analyst and speculate about this team’s chances of bagging the lone Asian ticket to the Rio Olympics.

There were questions early on if the SBP can form a competitive team due to players on the initial wish list of Coach Tab begging off for various reasons. Fast forward to today and it looks like all those players begging off turned out to be a blessing in disguise because this can be the best iteration of Gilas to date.

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Smart Gilas review – 2012 FIBA-Asia Cup (2nd of 2 parts)

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In my last post, I wrote about the things that GILAS did well in the FIBA Asia Cup. Now we’ll discuss the adjustments that we need to make in order for us to have the best chance to win a medal in next year’s FIBA Asia Championships. Continue reading

Smart Gilas review – 2012 FIBA-Asia Cup (1st of 2 parts)

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After ending the tournament on a 2 game losing streak and finishing at the same spot the last time we were here a couple of years ago when the original rendition of Gilas played minus Douthit and Lutz, a lot of people might be quick to push the panic button and say that this team is doomed to fail. I’m writing this just a couple of minutes after Qatar beat us and the entire Gilas team (coaches and players alike) are getting beat up in a lot of forums already (I’m sure no one’s really surprised).

I don’t really share their sentiments. As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic about our chances to win the Gold in the next FIBA Asia Championships. Yes, you read it right… GOLD! Am I delusional? Perhaps, but after watching all the games of Gilas II, I’d like to point out what I think we should re-enforce and what we can do better. Continue reading

2011 SMART Gilas Wish list

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As we welcome the New Year, I’m sure basketball junkies all over the country are already thinking about our chances in this year’s FIBA Asia Championships that would serve as the qualifier for the London Olympics. This is the tournament that the SMART Gilas program (that started 3 years ago) was preparing for all this time and depending on whom you ask; expectations vary from winning it all to not even cracking the top 6.

The Gilas program is the first real national team program since the NCC days in the early 80’s, and while we had a lot of success then it was evident that this program will not share the same level of success early on. We can talk about all the drama that engulfed SMART Gilas program another day. In the meantime, I’d like to discuss all the adjustments (from reasonable to improbable) the Gilas program should make in my own humble opinion. Continue reading

2010 NBA Finals Preview

By Bong Paredes:

In the next few hours, game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals will be underway and for the last few days all I hear from people everywhere is how the Lakers are a lock to win the title because of the upgrades they’ve made the last couple of years since losing to these same Celtics in the 2008 Finals. While I don’t disagree with the aforementioned statement, to think that the Lakers have a better chance of winning the championship than the C’s is just absurd because like the Lakers-Celtics rivalries in the 80’s, there are no favorites in this series. This is as evenly matched as it gets.  With that being said, let’s have some fun and try to figure how things will unfold based on how each team matches up against the other.

Centers and Power Forwards:

When the Celtics beat the Lakers for the title 2 years ago Kevin Garnett was a monster down low. He (along with PJ Brown) bullied and terrorized Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom on defense while anchoring their offense in the mid and low post. Perkins and Leon Powe were running rings around the Laker bigs mainly due to the attention KG was drawing. Continue reading

Come on Manny, say it ain’t so and fight Floyd already

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By Bong Paredes:

After soundly beating one of the toughest welterweights of this era in Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao not only cemented his claim as the pound for pound king he’s now also widely considered as one of the top 20 boxers (top 10 or 15 depending on who you ask) of all time. He also set the stage for perhaps the biggest grossing event in prizefighting history should he and Floyd Mayweather Jr. push through with their proposed mega fight sometime in May. Continue reading