I’m Back Again! With Sports GNews!

Welcome back. Haha! It’s been more than a year since i wrote on my blog. Why start again, well for one thing, now I have time, or shall i say found time to write. Secondly, i just missed writing and telling you stories.

Lots of interesting things have happened since personally since my last blog.
We moved to a new home in Pasig,  I am now the dad to two teenagers (15&13), one is in 2nd year in AHS, while the other is graduating from grade school. My youngest, my daughter started  with the K to 12 program.
So many stories to share let me start with sports, my favorite topic.

The Recent NBA draft had me reminiscing about previous NBA drafts.

Anthony Davis was selected #1 overall in what is considered to be a deep draft. Will he be the next Patrick Ewing, Tim Duncan, or Blake Griffin? Big men who were chosen #1 overall and who made an impact in the league. Or will he join the likes of Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowakandi and Kwame Brown who were complete busts ?

Coincidentally,  the NBA draft also made me think about the PBA draft. The NBA draft lottery and the PBA draft started the same year in 1985. Here is a side by side comparison of those chosen number one overall.

I wanted to have more fun so I highlighted the players who has had a better impact in the league, to their respective teams and who has had a better career.

                                  NBA                                                                                 PBA
1985   Patrick Ewing Georgetown-New York Knicks             Sonny Cabatu-Lyceum- Shell
1986   Brad Daugherty- North Carolina-Cleveland Cavs         Rey Cuenco- Arellano-Alaska
1987    David Robinson- Navy- San Antonio Spurs                   Allan Caidic- UE- Great Taste
1988  Danny Manning- Kansas- LA Clippers                           Jack Tanuan- FEU- Purefoods
1989  Pervis Ellison- Louisville- Sacramento Kings                   Benjie Paras- UP- Shell Helix
1990 Derrick Coleman-Syracuse-NJ Nets                         Peter Jao-USJ-R- Great Taste Coffee
1991 Larry Johnson-UNLV- Charlotte Hornets                    Alejandro Araneta-Ateneo- Alaska
1992 Shaquille O’Neal- LSU- Orlando Magic                       Vergel Meneses-JRU-Presto Tivoli
1993 Chris Webber – Michigan- Orlando Magic              Zandro Limpot Jr.-DLSU-Sta. Lucia
1994 Glen Robinson – Purdue- Milwaukee Bucks            Noli Locsin-DLSU-  La Tondeña
1995 Joe Smith -Maryland- Golden State Warriors            Dennis Espino-UST-Sta. Lucia
1996 Allen Iverson-Georgetown-Philadelphia 76ers    Marlou Aquino-Adamson-Gordon’s
1997 Tim Duncan-Wake Forest-San Antonio Spurs         Andy Seigle- New Orleans- Mobiline
1998 Michael Olowakandi- Pacific- La Clippers              Danny Ildefonso-NU-San Miguel
1999 Elton Brand –Duke-  Chicago Bulls                            Sonny Alvarado- Texas- Tanduay
2000 Kenyon Martin- Cincinnati-NJ Nets                           Paolo Mendoza-UP-Sta. Lucia
2001 Kwame Brown-Glynn  HS-Washington Wizards       Willie Miller-Letran-Red Bull
2002 Yao Ming-China-Houston Rockets                               Yancy de Ocampo-St. Francis-FedEx
2003 LeBron James-St. Mary HS-Cleveland Cavs                Mike Cortez-DLSU- Alaska
2004 Dwight Howard-SACA HS-Orlando Magic                      Rich Alvarez-Ateneo-Shell
2005 Andrew Bogut-Univ of  Utah-Milwaukee Bucks                  Jay Washington-Eckerd-Air 21
2006 Andrea Bargnani-Italy-Toronto Raptors                     Kelly Williams-Oakland-Sta. Lucia
2007 Greg Oden-Ohio St. Portland TrailBlazers                           Joe Devance-UTEP- Welcoat
2008 Derrick Rose-Memphis-Chicago Bulls       Gabe Norwood-George Mason-Rain or Shine
2009 Blake Griffin-Oklahoma-La Clippers                         Japeth Aguilar-WKU- Burger King
2010 John Wall- Memphis- Washington Wizards              Nonoy Baclao-Ateneo- Air 21
2011 Kyrie Irving- Duke- Cleveland Cavs                              JV Casio- DLSU- Powerade
2012 Anthony Davis- Kentucky- New Orleans Hornets         Greg Slaughter-Ateneo- ????
  • The results. NBA- 17 PBA- 5 Tie-5
  • Some matchups were total mismatches and had obvious winners  (’85,’88,’89,’91,’92,’93,’97,’98,2000,’01-’04,’06,’08-’11)
  • The ties were interesting: 1987 featured 2 excellent game changers who play different positions. The Admiral vs The Triggerman. Both mvps, both left handed lethal scorers and both champions. 1990– Coleman, talented headcase, Apet Jao, who was this guy? I remember him as a tweener, too slow for a small forward, not a huge scorer to play off guard. Both were disappointments. 1999 -Brand vs Alvarado. I call this a tie because Brand posts numbers but really hasn’t made much of an impact. Alvarado made huge waves when he came into the league forming an imposing frontline with Eric Menk. It all turned sour when he was exposed as a Fil- Sham, as he had no Filipino lineage. 2005– Bogut and Washington. Two brilliant players, if healthy. Injuries have hampered their careers, and have had few shining moments. 2007- Greg Oden and Joe Devance. Much was expected after stellar amateur careers. As pros, Oden has been injured while Devance, while putting up respectable numbers, hasn’t been the star the league thought he will be.
  • Top 5 best NBA top lottery choices: O’neal, Duncan, Ewing, Iverson, James. Top 5 busts: Brown,Olowakandi,Ellison,Smith,Oden.

My top 5 NBA #1 Overall picks since the lottery began

My top 5 NBA #1 Overall worst picks since the lottery began

  • PBA top 5 best: Paras, Caidic, Meneses,Miller,Williams. Top 5 busts: Cabatu, Jao,Tanuan, de Ocampo, Mendoza

PBA top 5 best # 1 overall picks since the draft lottery

PBA top 5 worst # 1 overall picks since the draft lottery

NBA or PBA drafting is not an exact science. Teams spend on research and scouting. At the end of the day, it’s still fifty fifty chance of bust or boom. Who among the current crop of US NCAA collegians is the next star? Who among the NCAA or UAAP will change the PBA?


I am very happy for Fil Am Coach Eric Spoelestra. We can only imagine the stress he goes through managing the minutes (and egos) of these NBA players. Good job and congratulations Coach Spo. Mabuhay ka! I bet San Miguel Beer will get him to do a beer ad.

Erik-Spoelstra Big-three

Erik-Spoelstra With the Big-three

Some numbers of note from the Miami Heat’s 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the 2012 Finals, giving the Heat their second championship: (taken from NBA.com)

  • LeBron James became the 14th player to win a championship in the same year he won the MVP award. The last was Tim Duncan in 2003.
  • James tied a postseason career high with 13 assists in Game 5.
  • The Heat are the first NBA champion to have trailed three in three of their playoff series. They were down 2-1 to Indiana, 3-2 to Boston, and 1-0 to Oklahoma City.
  • The Heat became the third team to sweep the middle three Finals games at home since the 2-3-2 format came into play in 1985. The others were the 2004 Pistons and the 2006 Heat.
  • The Heat’s 14 3-pointers in Game 5 tied a Finals record, set in the 1995 Finals by both the Rockets and Magic.
  • Game 5 was the first time in the 2012 postseason in which James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each scored 20 or more points.
  • Juwan Howard won his first title in his 18th season. The only player to go more seasons before wining his first championship was Kevin Willis, who won with the Spurs in 2003, his 19th season. (Howard is the only member of the famous Michigan Fab Five to get a championship ring)
  • The Thunder won Game 1 and then lost the next four games. It was their first four-game losing streak since April of 2009.

Congratulations to Miami and Oklahoma for a well played series!

Miami Heat 2012 NBA Champions

Sinong big three gusto niyo?


I’m Back….. with Sports Gnews

Sept. 10,  I finally parted ways with my colon.  Thanks to all who who said a prayer or two for my surgery, and my recovery. To all my friends, who texted, emailed, visited, in the hospital and in the house,  SALAMAT PO!!! I have a  9 inch scar in the middle of my stomach. Youch!!!  So much for parading around the beach. On a positive note, my Doctor, actually gave me free liposuction, and took out the fats in my stomach. Thanks Doc. I entered the hospital, a light heavyweight weighing 175lbs, I left weighing like a welterweight, at 147lbs. Now more than two months  later, I have managed to gain some of it back. Oh well……

Zach even stayed overnight to help mom watch me. But I think he just enjoyed eating my hospital food.

Me with my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus merienda....

My 3 special ladies were there to support me

The day of my operation, was probably the fastest day of my life. The nurses woke me up at around 4pm, to do the final prep, which included, one final trip to the john, and giving me my pill to knock me out. A brother from the chapel of St. Lukes, passed by and gave me some blessings and prayers, and it gave me the confidence I needed. I immediately felt the effects of the pill they gave me. I remember turning to Janice and telling her to kiss me already, because I was literally falling asleep, then ZZZZZZ.  During my 4 hour plus operation, Janice documented  the waiting period, and aftermath of the operation. With the help of my Ninang  Tessie Tomas who was there, along with my Mom, my Mom in law, and Tita Julie Lingan, during my operation, please watch this. If you are squeamish, don’t bother. Click here to view.

As I mentioned two months have passed since my colectomy, and now I would say I am back to 90% healthy. Just recently, I played my first basketball game. Not bad, a couple of baskets, a couple of rebounds and assists, lots of missed shots. Hehehe. I was just happy to be playing.

So many things have happened since my operation. I didn’t know where to begin to or what to write about in this blog. Should  I write about Ateneo’s double back to back championships?  My successful concert with Tux in Singapore or my vacation in Singapore?  Ondoy?  I decided to write an easy article, something that I have wanted to write about since the last  NBA season ended.


Phil Jackson just won his 10th Nba  championship, surpassing Red Auerbach. Who would make up Phil Jackson’s all time dream team?

10 NBA Championships for PhilJax


G – Michael Jordan  G- Kobe Bryant  C- Shaquille O’Neal   F- Scottie Pippen  F- Dennis Rodman

At Guard, Michael "Air"Jordan

at the other guard, Kobe Bryant

In the middle, The Big Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal

At one forward spot, Scottie Pippen

At the other forward, The Worm Dennis Rodman


G- John Paxson  G- Ron Harper  G- Derek Fisher  G- Steve Kerr

Paxson's clutch outside shooting beat the Lakers and the Suns

Paxson finished off the Lakers and the Suns with his clutch outside shooting

Harper's defense and versatility helped Jackson win titles for the Bulls and Lakers

Harpers's defense and versatility helped Jackson win titles for the Bulls and Lakers

D Fish in the clutch for the 2009 Lakers

Kerr took over Paxson's role as outside shooter in the Bulls' 2nd 3peat

F – Toni Kukoc  F-  Lamar Odom  F- Robert Horry  F- Glen Rice

"The Waiter" served up outside shooting and assists to his Bulls teammates

Almost a decade later, another #7,Lamar Odom, another lefty, gave opponents matchup problems

A decade later, another #7 and another lefty, Lamar Odom, helped Jackson win a title.

"Big Shot Rob" in the clutch

Glen Rice helped Shaq and Kobe win their first crown

C- Pau Gasol  C- Horace Grant

The Nba Conquistador Pau Gasol of the Spanish Armada

Grant won 3 titles with the Bulls and helped LA win one more.

Honorable Mention:   BJ Armstrong, Rick Fox, AC Green, Bill Cartwright, Luc Longley, Will Perdue, Craig Hodges, Trevor Ariza,Cliff Levingston

Game time: Rodman rebounds the miss, passes to  Pippen who brings the ball down, he looks left and sees Jordan on the left block, Kobe on the right wing, Shaq in the middle. Who will he pass to? What a dilemma. Pip might average 20 assists a game with this lineup.

Once the starters build a sizeable lead against their foes, the second team comes in with two left handed and versatile forwards, The Waiter Toni Kukoc  and Lamar Odom. Brute force is replaced with finesse as Pau Gasol comes in. Defense and clutch outside shooting are provided by Ron Harper and John Paxson.

The third team,  comes in to finish the game. Composed mostly of outside shooters with unlimited range, Steve Kerr, and Derek Fisher at the guard spots, “Big Shot Bob” Robert Horry, Glen Rice at the wings and Horace Grant, a big guy who plays outside.

What a team. Arguments can be said that Jackson has been lucky to have elite players, but Red had Russell and Cousy, Riley had Magic and Jabbar, Daly had Isiah and Joe D., so why cant PhilJax have his?

One of the best clutch performances of all time, Pippen helping the flu-stricken Jordan after he defeated the Utah Jazz with an outstanding effort.

Rodman and Kukoc celebrate their 2nd championship together

Shaq and Kobe during happier times

Getting these star players to buy into a complicated offense/system like the triangle takes imagination,  creativity and lots of patience. Who will join these 15 players? Artest? Bynum? Morrisson?

Can you imagine these two in the same backcourt?

Will Jackson win his 11th ring in 2010?

Let’s wait and see. Agree or disagree with my choices, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

BTW, who do you like better, the Laker Girls or the LuvaBulls?

Great to be back… you know!!!