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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

Sixers star Simmons out of Aussie World Cup bid

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Ben Simmons says it's a 'difficult decision' to skip playing for Australia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

NEW CAMPAIGN. Ben Simmon decides to focus on the Sixers’ NBA run next season. Photo from NBA

Blatche, Ravena, Clarkson lead Gilas 19-man pool for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will have plenty of talented players to choose from to form a formidable 12-man lineup for the global hoops showdown

BACK-TO-BACK. Andray Blatche could see action in his second straight FIBA World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Clarkson included in Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Gilas Pilipinas eyes to have Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson play as a local, but if not, he may serve as a backup to naturalized player Andray Blatche

ANOTHER LEVEL. Jordan Clarkson could be a difference-maker for the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Blatche back as Gilas boosts buildup for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Andray Blatche buckles down to work with the Philippine team with less than two months to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup begins

DRAY BACK. Andray Blatche returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Toroman on Gilas chances in FIBA World Cup: 'Everything is possible'

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Rajko Toroman says the Philippines has grown to a 'powerful basketball country now in Asia' since the last time he called the shots for the national team

BELIEVER. Rajko Toroman sees Gilas Pilipinas pulling off surprises in the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Gilas draws with Mighty Sports in tuneup match

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The national team shows poise in the endgame, erasing a six-point deficit in the final minute

WORLD STAGE. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas are nearing the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


ON THIS DAY: Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

It's been a year since Philippines and Australia figure in the infamous bench-clearing basketbrawl

ONE YEAR AGO. The infamous Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out on July 2, 2018. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

AJ Edu thankful for support as long ACL tear rehab begins

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'I'm just so proud that I can at least represent the Philippines for a little bit,' says injured Fil-Nigerian star AJ Edu

OVERWHELMED. Fil-Nigerian star AJ Edu thanks Filipinos for their support in his ACL recovery. Photo from FIBA

Guiao on Gilas chemistry for FIBA World Cup: 'There are no egos'

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Yeng Guiao says that all the players in his pool have a good grasp of their roles in the team

GETTING CLOSER. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas have two months before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


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

Kiefer Ravena a changed man in basketball return

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:32 AM

Suspended by FIBA for more than a year, the 25-year-old guard grows into a 'stronger, wiser, and better person'

GETTING THERE. Kiefer Ravena inches closer to the time he can don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey again. Photo from FIBA


Scottie begs off from Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

According to Yeng Guiao, Scottie Thompson wants to improve first before he returns to the national team

GET BETTER. Scottie Thompson leaves Gilas Pilipinas looking for other quality guards. File photo from Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Kiefer Ravena marks basketball return by joining Gilas practice

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Sidelined for more than a year, the 25-year-old guard tries to make up for lost time as he is set to take over the point guard role left by Jayson Castro

BACK TO BUSINESS. Kiefer Ravena joins Gilas Pilipinas for the first time in more than a year. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Kiefer 'most logical choice' to take Castro spot for Gilas, says Guiao

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Jayson Castro will not be seeing action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, and Yeng Guiao expects a familiar face in Kiefer Ravena to help fill that void

BETTER THAN BEFORE. Kiefer Ravena says he has grown 'tougher' from his FIBA-imposed suspension. Photo from FIBA


Bolick, Perez new additions to Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Yeng Guiao says he doesn't discount the possibility of Robert Bolick and CJ Perez cracking the Magic 12 for the global hoops showdown

YOUNG GUNS. Robert Bolick and CJ Perez may contend for spots in Gilas Pilipinas' lineup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photos from PBA Images


Is Jayson Castro retiring from Gilas? 'Maybe'

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas veteran – twice named as the best point guard in Asia – reveals he wants to dedicate his time to his family

MULLING RETIREMENT. Jayson Castro may have seen the end of his international career. Photo from FIBA


Parks: Declining Gilas invite in respect of Blackwater, national team players

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Ray Parks denies that he turned down the offer to join Gilas Pilipinas' pool due to 'other priorities,' as what Yeng Guiao said

TOP PICK. Ray Parks has been tearing it up in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


Parks turned down invitation to join Gilas pool, says Guiao

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Ray Parks has donned the national colors in the past a myriad times, helping the Philippines win 3 SEA Games and 1 SEABA gold medals

ROOKIE VET. Ray Parks continues to put up impressive numbers in the PBA for Blackwater. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas looking at Ravena as Castro status uncertain for FIBA World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Kiefer Ravena, whose suspension from FIBA ends in August, can make it just in time for the global hoops showdown

WAITING GAME. Kiefer Ravena may don the national colors in the near future. Photo from FIBA


Jayson Castro could miss Gilas campaign in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Yeng Guiao says Jayson Castro has begged off from national team duties due to 'personal priorities'

KEY COG. Jayson Castro has played a pivotal role in helping the Philippines reach the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Raptors coach Nurse to guide Canada in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

After leading the Raptors to an NBA title as a rookie coach, Nick Nurse will test his mettle in the international scene

ONE OF A FEW. Nick Nurse becomes the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to steer a team to a championship. Photo from NBA.com


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

Gilas eyeing Spain tournament in FIBA World Cup buildup

May 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine team shifts to another plan after its initial arrangement to play in Russia fell through

MONTHS AWAY. Gilas Pilipinas has 3 months to prepare before the 2019 FIBA World Cup kicks off. Photo from FIBA


Jokic to suit up for Serbia in FIBA World Cup – report

May 24, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The Denver Nuggets superstar will bolster an already formidable Serbian squad, a team Gilas Pilipinas is bunched with in Group D

BIGGER DREAMS. Nikola Jokic sets his sights on a FIBA World Cup championship after his best season in the NBA. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


FIBA 3x3: Pasig, Liman set to cross paths anew

May 17, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pasig fields an all-Filipino lineup in the FIBA 3x3 Kunshan Challenger as injuries sideline the team's imports

DUTY CALLS. Troy Rike (left) returns to action for the Pasig Chooks 3x3 squad. Photo release

Spain's Pau Gasol to miss FIBA World Cup 2019

May 14, 2019 - 11:56 PM

The Bucks center underwent successful surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot

RECUPERATING. Spain will be without one of its top players as Pau Gasol recovers. Photo from FIBA


PBA approves Gilas twice-a-week training, tuneup vs Russia

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Yeng Guiao and the Philippine men's basketball team still need to hurdle some challenges as they gear up for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

START OF PREP. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas will begin twice-a-week practices in June. Photo from FIBA


Blatche locked in as Gilas' naturalized player for FIBA World Cup

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:32 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao says the former NBA player deserves to keep his spot, considering he was the one who led the Philippines back to the World Cup

BACK-TO-BACK. Andray Blatche is expected to see action in his second straight FIBA World Cup . Photo from FIBA


SBP continues Clarkson talks for FIBA World Cup

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The country's national basketball federation remains determined to get Jordan Clarkson as a local player for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

KEY PLAYER. Jordan Clarkson remains to be one of Gilas' key players as seen in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

FIBA World Cup 2019: Gilas team pass on sale online

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Filipinos get a chance to show again why they’re the Most Valuable Fans in the FIBA World Cup

ALL-OUT SUPPORT. The Philippine team needs all the support it can get as Gilas faces formidable foes in the first round. Photo from FIBA

LeBron to skip FIBA World Cup but aims for Olympics return

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:18 AM

LeBron James aims for a return to the Olympics after missing Team USA's golden 3-peat in Rio 2016

FOR THE COUNTRY. LeBron James wants to suit up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as USA aims for a fourth-straight title. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Chot Reyes offers Gilas help in FIBA World Cup buildup

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The former national team mentor says he has been discussing plans for the global hoops tilt with current Philippine coach Yeng Guiao

LENDING HAND. Chot Reyes says he's giving Yeng Guiao 'whatever help he needs.' Photo from PBA Images


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


In Gilas 'group of near death,' Guiao banks on World Cup miracles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Philippines faces a daunting task after it got bunched with Serbia, Italy and Angola in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas must work hard for miracles to happen. Photo from FIBA


LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas schedule in FIBA World Cup 2019

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The Philippines gets to test Italy first before facing Serbia and Angola in first-round action

TALL ORDER. Gilas Pilipinas will have its hands full in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: USA draws favorable group in FIBA World Cup

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:59 AM

A star-studded USA squad launches its World Cup title defense against Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey

HEAVY FAVORITES. LeBron James and Team USA shoot for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas 'overwhelming underdogs' in FIBA World Cup, says Guiao

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:16 AM

The national team mentor believes there will be no easy games for the Philippines after being grouped with two European giants and an African powerhouse

KEENLY WATCHED. Yeng Guiao says teams will prepare hard for the Philippines ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from PBA Images


LOOK: NBA players Gilas may face in FIBA World Cup

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Gilas coach Yeng Guiao and his crew have their work cut out for them as the Philippines shares Group D with NBA hotbed Serbia and Italy

BIG PROBLEMS. NBA players (from left) Marco Belinelli, Milos Teodosic, Boban Marjanovic and Nikola Jokic will pose problems for the Philippines should they see action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photos from Shutterstock (Teodosic), Los Angeles Lakers' Facebook account (Marjanovic), Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP (Belinelli) and Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP (Jokic)


FIBA World Cup 2019: Gilas grouped with European powerhouses

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Bunched in Group D, the Philippines starts its World Cup campaign this August in Foshan, China

WORK BEGINS. Gilas Pilipinas starts its preparation for the World Cup. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: FIBA World Cup 2019 teams show off wares

Mar 16, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Before Gilas Pilipinas finds out its opponents in the FIBA World Cup draw, check out the top plays from different continental qualifiers

STAR-STUDDED. Canada's Kelly Olynyk is one of the numerous NBA players who will grace the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


FAST FACTS: Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The Philippines has a colorful history in the World Cup, marked by 5 appearances, one suspension and one withdrawal

LABAN PILIPINAS. The Philippines will see action in its second straight FIBA World Cup and its sixth overall. Photo from FIBA


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)


Gilas coach Yeng Guiao: 'We need Blatche'

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao admits Gilas Pilipinas needs a 'top shape' Andray Blatche in its 2019 World Cup campaign

VITAL PRESENCE. Gilas coach Yeng Guiao expects Andray Blatche to be in his best shape again in the World Cup campaign. Photo from FIBA

Rappler Talk Sports: Yeng Guiao on Gilas Pilipinas' road to FIBA World Cup

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The national team mentor drops by the Rappler headquarters to talk about the Philippines' journey, buildup and chances in the 2019 FIBA World Cup


Guiao wants Blatche on board earlier for Gilas' FIBA World Cup buildup

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The fiery mentor worries that the former NBA player might go out of shape once his commitments in China end

REINFORCEMENT. Andray Blatche will once again be relied upon by Gilas Pilipinas in his second straight FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


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


Reality check: ‘No guarantee’ Gilas can get Clarkson back on board

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Despite the challenges, SBP remains 'committed to get' Jordan Clarkson for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

FIBA WISH. If Jordan Clarkson doesn’t get FIBA clearance, Gilas coach Yeng Guiao says he’s happy with his current roster. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Clarkson fuels Gilas #LetJordanPlay World Cup clamor

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Andray Blatche says if Gilas can get Jordan Clarkson to play, the Philippines 'can definitely go and make some noise' in the 2019 World Cup

Jordan Clarkson. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler