2019 FIBA World Cup - updates

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Argentina ousts Serbia behind Scola in 2019 FIBA World Cup

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola provides the spark as Argentina crushes Serbia's bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown

GOLDEN GENERATION. Luis Scola is the last active member of Argentina's 2004 Olympics champion team. Photo from FIBA

Nick Nurse lifts Canada's FIBA World Cup 2019 hopes

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Fresh off an NBA title romp with the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse shifts his focus to Canada's 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign

ROOKIE WITH POTENTIAL. Nick Nurse relies on his NBA championship experience as a new coach of the Canadian men's basketball team. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Space Jam or FIBA World Cup? LeBron among U.S. absent stars

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'I think most of the star players, they are trying to save their energy. I think that's the main reason they are dropping out,' says NBA TV analyst Sam Mitchell

PRIORITIES. LeBron James will not suit up US Basketball's bid for a third straight title in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

NBA forward Randle leaves USA World Cup squad

Aug 04, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Julius Randle, who recently joined the Knicks after a stellar stint with the Pelicans, becomes the latest NBA player to beg off from Team USA in the FIBA World Cup

OUT. Julius Randle joins the growing list of NBA players skipping the World Cup. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. hoops World Cup team loses Drummond and Harrell

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:55 AM

The pullouts from Team USA continue as Pistons center Andre Drummond and Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell beg off from the 2019 FIBA World Cup

OUT. Andre Drummond adds to the growing list of NBA players skipping World Cup action. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America/AFP

As NBA stars bail out, USA World Cup squad taps newcomers

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Thaddeus Young, Julius Randle, and Mason Plumlee are among the new players added to the US roster vying to defend its crown in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China

FIRST-TIMER. Denver Nuggets center-forward Mason Plumlee debuts for Team USA. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Love's labor lost as 9th US NBA player shuns FIBA World Cup

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Opting to focus on the upcoming season, NBA star players have rejected the call to suit up for Team USA in the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China

NO LOVE. Cavs star Kevin Love has played a key role in the US’ title romp in previous World Cup and Olympic editions. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Harden to skip 2019 FIBA World Cup

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Begging off from Team USA, James Harden wants to focus on the new-look Rockets that also now banner Russell Westbrook

TWO STARS OUT. James Harden’s announcement comes just days after Anthony Davis also decides to skip Team USA’s World Cup campaign. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

NBA MVP Antetokounmpo to play in FIBA World Cup

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Six years since his senior national team debut, Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to power Greece to a medal finish

GREEK PRIDE. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo looks forward to donning his national colors after a spectacular NBA season. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Harden, Davis among NBA stars set for USA World Cup camp

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'We've got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players,' says Team USA coach Gregg Popovich

BIG NAMES. NBA stars James Harden and Anthony Davis headline Team USA’s 20-man pool. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

China toughens up for FIBA World Cup with army drills

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Bent on a solid World Cup run, host China's basketball team swaps its training court for army barracks

ASIAN REPS. China and the Philippines are two of the 8 teams from Asia that qualified in the 2019 World Cup. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Chot optimistic Gilas can reach next level in FIBA World Cup

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

The former national team mentor says the Philippines has proven it can compete in the world stage

CONFIDENCE. Chot Reyes believes the Philippines has a chance against Angola and Italy in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas looking at Fil-Am Remy Martin for FIBA World Cup

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Yeng Guiao says the NCAA standout is being considered as a potential player for the Philippine team in its campaign in the quadrennial showpiece

DO-IT-ALL. Remy Martin has proven himself as an all-around threat for the Arizona State Sun Devils. Photo from Twitter (@TheSunDevils)


WATCH: 2 Gilas entries in FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers top plays

Mar 01, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Andray Blatche and Japeth Aguilar stand out in the Philippines' campaign in the sixth and final window

TAKING CHARGE. Andray Blatche takes over in his return to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


After helping Gilas reach FIBA World Cup, Japeth Aguilar now engaged

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:11 AM

The Barangay Ginebra forward proposes to longtime girlfriend Cassandra Naidas upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ENGAGED. Japeth Aguilar can now call Cassandra Naidas his fiancèe. Photo from Instagram (@japethaguilar35)


WATCH: Red-hot Blatche featured in FIBA World Cup qualifiers top plays

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:49 PM

The naturalized player sets the tone for Gilas Pilipinas in its win over Kazakhstan by knocking down 5 triples in the maiden period

STELLAR GAME. Andray Blatche turns in a masterful performance as Gilas Pilipinas qualifies for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Sigh of relief for Guiao as Gilas gets FIBA World Cup job done

Feb 25, 2019 - 3:16 PM

It looks like the fiery mentor will keep his job after making it clear he's willing to drop his position as head coach if the Philippines failed to reach the World Cup

WATCH: Gilas blasts Kazakhstan to punch FIBA World Cup ticket

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Philippines gets the job done as it reaches the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time

LIKE A MAN POSSESSED. Andray Blatche submits arguably his best performance in a Philippine uniform. Photo from FIBA


Goodbye FIBA World Cup if Gilas loses to Kazakhstan

Feb 24, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Even if the Philippines defeats Kazakhstan, Gilas' World Cup fate still relies on other teams

COMPLICATED. Gilas Pilipinas needs the right situation to reach the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Scottie out, Pogoy in for Gilas final lineup vs Kazakhstan

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:49 PM

After serving a five-game FIBA suspension, Roger Pogoy looks to make an impact as the Philippines faces a must-win situation in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Roger Pogoy (right) replaces Scottie Thompson for Gilas Pilipinas' clash against Kazakhstan. Photos from FIBA


China loss to Jordan complicates Gilas' FIBA World Cup chances

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Philippines won't clinch a World Cup berth by solely beating Kazakhstan in its last Asian Qualifiers game on Sunday

IF THE STARS ALIGN. Gilas Pilipinas has its fingers crossed as the battle for the remaining World Cup seats comes down to the wire. Photo from FIBA


SCENARIOS: Gilas blasts Qatar in World Cup qualifiers. What now?

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Given the right situation, the Philippines can advance to the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time

ONE LAST PUSH. Gilas Pilipinas has one game left to win to enhance its chances of qualifying for the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Wondering why Fajardo barely played in Gilas match vs Qatar?

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The reigning five-time PBA MVP logs in only 3 minutes as the Philippines toys with Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

DEEP ROSTER. Even with June Mar Fajardo playing limited minutes, Gilas Pilipinas posts dominant win over Qatar to keep its FIBA World Cup bid alive. Photo from FIBA


Blatche: 'No bigger blessing' than playing for Gilas

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Missing the last two windows of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the former NBA player proves to be just what the doctor ordered in his emphatic return

BACK IN TOW. Andray Blatche dons the national colors for the first time since July 2017. Photo from FIBA


Even on world stage, Yeng Guiao couldn't escape ejections

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Despite getting thrown out, the fiery mentor leads Gilas Pilipinas to a 38-point thrashing of Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

BUSINESS COMPLETE. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas get the job done in Doha. Photo from FIBA


Gilas banking on Filipino mob in Doha vs Qatar

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The Philippines kicks off the sixth and final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers eyeing a repeat win over Qatar

INCHING CLOSER. A win over Qatar will boost the Philippines' chances of reaching the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Norwood wants Gilas to savor moment in FIBA World Cup bid

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Having been to the World Cup in 2014, the veteran forward hopes this new batch of the national team gets the chance to experience the same things he did

VETERAN. Gabe Norwood looks to help the Philippines reach the World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Thirdy, Barroca in for Gilas lineup vs Qatar

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The Filipinos look to stun the Qataris on their own turf in the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

PROVING HIS WORTH. Thirdy Ravena will debut for the Philippines' senior basketball team. Photo by Czeasar Dancel


Blatche returns to PH to reinforce Gilas

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The former NBA player will once again don the national colors after missing the last two windows of the World Cup qualifiers

NATURALIZED PLAYER. Andray Blatche will represent the Philippines anew in the international stage. Photo from Instagram (@butch_antonio)


'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA


Slim chances

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford to make any more mistakes if it wants to reach the 2019 FIBA World Cup

TOUGH BREAK. Yeng Guiao and the Philippine team are dealt a huge blow in their World Cup aspirations. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Major revamp

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao takes over the Gilas Pilipinas program as the 'best Philippine team' starts to take shape

NEW LOOK. A lot has changed in Gilas Pilipinas' roster in a span of months. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Gilas 'bad boyz' ready to return, says Andray Blatche

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The clamor to bring the former NBA player back to the national team has intensified as the Philippines enters the final stretch of the World Cup qualifiers

BAD BOYZ. Andray Blatche (left) claims that Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are ready for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from FIBA


Fajardo left in frustration after missed free throws in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP highlights the need to work on his foul shots, especially during endgame situations

MAJOR BLOW. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas fall to 4th place in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Arwind Santos on limited minutes in Gilas return: 'Sobrang bitin ako'

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The 37-year-old PBA veteran says he expected to play more minutes in the crucial second half of Gilas' home loss to Iran in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Arwind Santos returns to national team action for the first time since 2009. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Justin Brownlee for Gilas in World Cup qualifiers? It could happen

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:35 PM

With the Philippines fighting for its life in its World Cup bid, Yeng Guiao says the Barangay Ginebra import is an option for naturalized player

FILIPINO AT HEART. Justin Brownlee has expressed his desire to become a naturalized Filipino. Photo from PBA Images


Yeng Guiao: PH to face 'tougher' Kazakhstan team

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'I don't think we're going to beat them as big a margin as we did when we beat them in the Asian Games,' the Gilas Pilipinas mentor says

DOMINANCE. Philippines' Stanley Pringle (R) pushes the ball past Kazakhstan's Maxim Marchuk (L) in their men's basketball preliminary Group D game between Kazakhstan and Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta last August 16, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP /

Gilas falls to Lebanon anew in tuneup game

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The Filipinos go 1-of-4 in their tuneup games over the week

BACK-TO-BACK. Japeth Aguilar and Team Pilipinas fall prey to Lebanon for the second straight time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


No Ian Sangalang for Gilas in 5th window of World Cup qualifiers

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

The big man recuperates from a right ACL injury he aggravated during Magnolia's semis clash against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors' Cup

ON THE SIDELINES. Ian Sangalang won't see action when the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas wins by default as Jordan walks out of tuneup game

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The game ended with more than 6 minutes left to play

ABRUPTLY ENDED. Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas win by default over Jordan. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas succumbs to Jordan in tuneup game

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Team Pilipinas plays with only 12 of its 20-man pool

OUT OF STEAM. Ricci Rivero and Gilas Pilipinas fall short. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas' final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Although chances of seeing the Sotto and Rivero suit up for Team Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers are slim, the fiery mentor believes it could still happen

YOUNG BUT TALENTED. Young studs Ricci Rivero (left) and Kai Sotto vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Rivero) and FIBA (Sotto)


Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Yeng open to stay as Gilas coach, but ready to resign if World Cup bid fails

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Guiao is poised to take over as permanent coach of national team after Chot Reyes chooses to 'step aside' from the Gilas program

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT. To remain in the long haul for Gilas, Yeng Guiao wishes that the PBA's support for the national team continues. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Slaughter itching to suit up and form Gilas triple tower

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:14 AM

If things fall into place, the 7-footer expects to return from injury and team up with the towering duo of Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo

RECUPERATING. Greg Slaughter is still nursing a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Japeth makes it up to Yeng in Gilas 9 years after PBA breakup

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Aguilar admits he wishes he could have handled his exit from Burger King, which was then mentored by Guiao, a little bit better

CATALYST. Japeth Aguilar powers Gilas Pilipinas to a come-from-behind win over Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas pulls off comeback win over Qatar in closed-door match

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team unleashes a third-quarter storm to rally past Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifier

COME-FROM-BEHIND. Alex Cabagnot and Gilas Pilipinas recover from a slow start to topple Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Matthew Wright eager to shake off suspension 'stigma'

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Known for his outside sniping and scoring, Wright will be a welcome addition for Team Pilipinas against Qatar in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

BACK AT IT. Matthew Wright returns to national team duty after serving a one-game suspension from FIBA. Photo from FIBA.com


Yeng, Gilas bracing for unusual environment in closed-door game

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The Filipinos will not have their usual 'sixth man' at their disposal

UNUSUAL ENVIRONMENT. Yeng Guiao says he has already briefed his Gilas Pilipinas wards to prepare for the closed-door game against Qatar. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2019

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to capitalize on the return of Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright and the debut of Stanley Pringle in the qualifiers