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Cone sees similarities between '90s Bulls, Aces: 'We started from nowhere'

May 20, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Tim Cone and the Alaska Aces utilized the triangle offense popularized by the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s to take the PBA by storm

INSPIRATION. Tim Cone is an avid fan of the 1990s Chicago Bulls. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOKBACK: The birth of the Tower of Power

May 20, 2020 - 5:06 PM

In 1989, Benjie Paras kicked up a storm never before seen from a rookie in the PBA

UNSTOPPABLE. Benjie Paras proves to be a dominant force early on. Photo from PBA Throwback and Trivias Facebook (@pbaarchive)

What is LA Tenorio chasing?

May 16, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Ginebra star LA Tenorio thinks there’s one more thing he needs to accomplish to be a ‘complete player’

IRONMAN. LA Tenorio hopes to play until he’s 40 like his idol and former PBA stalwart Olsen Racela. Photo from PBA Images

LOOKBACK: When the PBA All-Stars mattered

May 15, 2020 - 11:24 AM

True to form, legendary coach Baby Dalupan orchestrated a play that would go down as one of the most iconic sequences in PBA history

STAR POWER. Robert Jaworski (right) banners the Veteran squad while Alvin Patrimonio headlines the Rookie-Sophomore team in the 1989 PBA All-Stars. Photo from PBA Throwback and Trivias Facebook (@pbaarchive)

Running with the Bulls, flying with His Airness

May 13, 2020 - 7:27 PM

Check out some former PBA imports who won NBA championships with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls

WINNER.Dickey Simpkins suited up for Alaska years after helping the Bulls win the last title in their second three-peat. Photo by Johm Zich/AFP

Tenorio on triangle offense: 'It’s hard to learn'

May 10, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Ginebra guard LA Tenorio shares why coach Tim Cone made them watch Bulls and Lakers videos

PLAYMAKER. LA Tenorio admits it took him over two years to learn the much-vaunted triangle offense. Photo from PBA Images

The birth of 'Never Say Die' Barangay Ginebra

May 06, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Back in 1985, Robert Jaworski returned to the game after getting stitched in a hospital to help Ginebra stage a monumental comeback

LEGEND. Robert Jaworski’s leadership and firebrand style of play captivated fans. File photo from the 1995 PBA Annual

Adams' journey: How this Fil-Am found his way to Manila

May 03, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Ready to call it quits, Roosevelt Adams finds his way back to his old sport in a new home

ADAPTING. Roosevelt Adams says he’s learning the Philippine brand of basketball. Photo from PBA Images

PBA could cancel season if mass gatherings remain banned for months

Apr 27, 2020 - 8:01 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says he and the board of governors are 'preparing for the worst'

WORST-CASE SCENARIO. The PBA had hoped to stage at least one conference, but that might not happen if mass gatherings will still be prohibited in upcoming months. Photo from PBA Images

Leo Austria bests Tim Cone for 2019 PBA Coach of the Year

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Leo Austria will break his tie with Tim Cone and Ryan Gregorio for number of Coach of the Year honors and will move to the solo No. 2 spot

WINNER. Leo Austria guided San Miguel to back-to-back championships in the PBA last season. File photo from PBA Images

The Bruise Brothers: Toughness personified

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Living up to their fearsome moniker, rugged PBA defenders Yoyoy Villamin and Ricky Relosa intimidated big men and imports from camping in the shaded area

The Triggerman: How Allan Caidic turned into a deadly sniper

Apr 18, 2020 - 5:19 PM

There’s no denying that Allan Caidic remains the best shooter this country has ever produced

Teammates, foes pay tribute to retiring Ranidel de Ocampo

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Ranidel de Ocampo is remembered by his teammates and opponents for being a consummate professional and a smooth operator on the hardcourt

RETIRED. Ranidel de Ocampo draws the curtain to a 15-season PBA career. Photo from PBA Images

Hobbled by injuries, Ranidel de Ocampo to retire from PBA

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:23 PM

During his prime, Ranidel de Ocampo established himself as one of the finest forwards in the PBA and a key player for Gilas Pilipinas

NO TEAM. Ranidel de Ocampo says his contract with Meralco expired last season. Photo from PBA Images

PBA lends hand to recovering Nelson Asaytono

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:07 PM

PBA legend Nelson Asaytono has started to recuperate from a heart attack

THE BULL. Nelson Asaytono played in the Return of the Rivals event in 2019 where he and San Miguel beat Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

Ultimate rivalry: Big J vs El Presidente

Apr 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The odd thing about the very public rift between Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez – the two most dominant figures in PBA history – is that they played together for over a decade

PBA shortens season due to extended community quarantine

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:16 PM

The PBA board discusses the possibility of holding two conferences or even just one

TITLE DEFENSE. June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen will have to wait if they will still have a chance for a 6th straight Philippine Cup title. Photo from PBA Images

Tim Cone coaching tree: Former players turned peers

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Jeff Cariaso, Johnedel Cardel, and Aris Dimaunahan all played under Tim Cone in the PBA – now they coach against the legendary tactician

TIME FLIES. Tim Cone has seen his former players Aris Dimaunahan, Johnedel Cardel, and Jeff Cariaso become rival coaches. Photos from PBA Images

Real MVPs: San Miguel, Ginebra, Magnolia players thank frontliners

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:34 PM

PBA stars June Mar Fajardo, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Paul Lee, and Marc Pingris express their gratitude to health care workers and other frontliners

THANK YOU. Reigning six-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo (right) says Filipino frontliners are the true MVPs. Photo from PBA Images

Redemption season stalled, Kiefer Ravena puts things in perspective

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Less than a year since Kiefer Ravena returned from a FIBA suspension, the game gets taken away from him again as the PBA shuts down its season

FAMILY TIME. Kiefer Ravena cherishes the quality time with his family amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon brought by the coronavirus crisis. Photo from PBA Images

Late draftees? More like PBA steals

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:07 PM

There's always hope, as they say, as these late picks and undrafted players serve a PBA surprise

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS. PJ Simon has managed to stay in the PBA for more than a decade despite being a fifth-round pick. File photo from PBA Images

'Farewell, Tatay Aric': PH basketball mourns Del Rosario's passing

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Philippine basketball personalities pay tribute to legendary coach Aric del Rosario

BASKETBALL GREAT. Coach Aric del Rosario cements himself as one of the best coaches in Philippine basketball. Photo from UAAP Classics Facebook

Tim Cone crushed by Aric del Rosario death: 'He always kept me grounded'

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Multi-titled mentor Tim Cone says a 'low-key personality' unfortunately kept Aric del Rosario out of the conversation of all-time best coaches in the country

LEGEND. UAAP champion coach Aric del Rosario dies at 80 from cardiac arrest. Photo from The Varsitarian

PBA extends break from practices until further notice

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The PBA initially barred teams from practicing for two weeks until March 27

HIATUS. It has been nearly two weeks since the PBA suspended its season indefinitely. File photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

PJ Simon to retire as inspiration to unheralded players

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Drafted in the fifth round, PJ Simon defies the odds with over a decade-long career highlighted by 8 PBA titles, including a rare Grand Slam

LAST HURRAH. PJ Simon will play for one more conference in the PBA before calling it a career. Photo from PBA Images

Without June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos challenged to win MVP

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Arwind Santos was the last PBA player to win the MVP award before June Mar Fajardo captured the plum for 6 straight seasons

STILL GOT IT. Even at 38, Arwind Santos shows he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: PBA stars sing 'Heal the World' amid coronavirus scare

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Inspired by Hollywood actress Gal Gadot, LA Tenorio, James Yap, June Mar Fajardo, and other PBA stars serenade fans online

FOR FILIPINOS. LA Tenorio and other PBA stars show off their singing chops. Photo from PBA Images

Swan song delayed for retiring Cyrus Baguio

Mar 20, 2020 - 7:47 PM

Even before Cyrus Baguio stepped on the hardcourt for his last conference, the PBA canceled its games

GETTING OLD. Cyrus Baguio says his body does not feel the same. Photo from PBA images

CJ Perez lends hand to PBA staff after postponing wedding

Mar 20, 2020 - 2:50 PM

PBA star CJ Perez dishes an assist to league employees affected by the season suspension caused by the coronavirus outbreak

BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL. CJ Perez gives back to the PBA family. Photo from PBA Images

PBA players provide humor amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Stars Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, and James Yap cope with life without the PBA by whipping up comedic skits on social media

PASSING TIME. Paul Lee and Kiefer Ravena are forced to stay at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo from PBA Images

Despite losing millions, PBA prioritizes safety

Mar 19, 2020 - 6:56 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says earning big won't be worth it if someone from the PBA family or a fan gets infected by the coronavirus

SEASON SUSPENDED. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the safety of the players, staff, and fans is their top priority amid the coronavirus outbreak. File photo from PBA Images

Growing up in poverty, June Mar glad to give family better life

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:14 PM

June Mar Fajardo says the reason he worked hard to become the reigning six-time PBA MVP is to provide his parents a stable and secure life

MA AND PA. June Mar Fajardo shares his sixth PBA MVP award with his supportive parents Bonifacio and Marites. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska's Cariaso, players lead drive to help PBA staff

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Alaska Aces head coach Jeff Cariaso starts a pledge to help PBA staff affected by the lockdown

INITIATIVE. Alaska Aces' head coach Jeff Cariaso kickstarts an effort to help PBA staff cope with the Luzon lockdown due to the coronavirus. Photo by PBA Images

Raking awards from rookie season, CJ Perez shifts focus to winning

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Not only did CJ Perez bag the Rookie of the Year plum, he also earned spots in the First Mythical Team and All-Defensive Team

SUPER ROOKIE. CJ Perez wins the coveted Rookie of the Year plum. Photo from PBA Images

Greg Slaughter reunites with former Ginebra teammate Chris Ellis

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:16 PM

Greg Slaughter and Chris Ellis teamed up for Barangay Ginebra for 4 years

REUNION. Greg Slaughter gets together with former Barangay Ginebra teammate Chris Ellis in the USA. Photo from Instagram/@gregslaughter

No more practices, PBA orders teams

Mar 13, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Team practices were initially not affected by the season suspension the PBA imposed amid the coronavirus outbreak

SEASON SUSPENDED. Fans will have to wait longer to witness Scottie Thompson and Barangay Ginebra return to action. File photo from PBA Images

Clock is ticking for Robert Bolick

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:33 PM

There’s a silver lining to Robert Bolick missing time with injury as the PBA rising star has returned to school

PBA decision to indefinitely cancel games 'unanimous'

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:19 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the league might hold closed-door games if the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak gets better

SAFETY. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the primary concern of the league is the welfare of everybody involved. Photo from PBA Images

PBA to refund tickets amid indefinite league cancelation

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:29 PM

The PBA has decided to cancel all activities until further notice due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

SAFETY MEASURE. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says their top priority is the safety of everybody involved in the games. Photo from PBA Images

PBA postpones season due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:22 AM

The PBA says the decision is made to 'ensure the health and safety' of its 'fans, players, teams, officials, and staff'

POSTPONED. Fans will have to wait longer for the season debut of Japeth Aguilar and Barangay Ginebra in the PBA. File photo from PBA Images

PBA to discuss plans for new season amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:20 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial will meet with the board of governors, with several sporting events in the country already being canceled or postponed

SEASON-OPENER. Marcio Lassiter and San Miguel beat Magnolia in the first game of the 45th PBA season. Photo from PBA Images

Marinero's Malonzo makes magic in D-League debut

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:03 PM

Jamie Malonzo stuffs the stat sheet in his first game in the developmental ranks as Marinerong Pilipino nips Mapua

SENSATION. Jamie Malonzo brings his highlight reel to the PBA D-League. Photo from PBA Images

Tautuaa fills void for Fajardo after Most Improved Player triumph

Mar 09, 2020 - 12:35 AM

Mo Tautuaa proves a worthy backup to the injured June Mar Fajardo by helping lead San Miguel to a rousing debut in the 45th PBA season

FILLING IN. Mo Tautuaa topscores for San Miguel in their season-opening win over Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel mauls Magnolia in PH Cup debut even without June Mar

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Competing at a high level was a concern for San Miguel with June Mar Fajardo injured, but the reigning five-time All-Filipino champions prove their mettle

STILL GOT IT. Arwind Santos churns out a double-double for San Miguel in the win over Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Kathryn Bernardo dazzles as PBA muse for Magnolia

Mar 08, 2020 - 9:46 PM

Despite her busy schedule, Kathryn Bernardo finds time to provide glitz and glamour to the opening ceremonies of the 45th PBA season

ELEGANT. Kathryn Bernardo accompanies Magnolia in the opening ceremonies of the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

CJ Perez hailed PBA Rookie of the Year

Mar 08, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Nabbed by Columbian as the top overall pick, CJ Perez did not take long to establish himself as one of the best players in the league

SUPER ROOKIE. CJ Perez makes a splash in his first season in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

UST scores blowout in D-League debut

Mar 05, 2020 - 8:32 PM

‘What's important is they're confident in everything that they do,’ says UST coach Aldin Ayo as his Tigers unleash a rain of triples

ONE-SIDED. Mark Nonoy and the UST Tigers prove to be a step ahead of TIP all game. Photo from PBA Images

La Salle outguns Letran, Marinero blasts CEU in D-League debut

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:51 PM

La Salle banks on a balanced scoring attack as the Green Archers give head coach Derrick Pumaren a fitting return to the team

GREEN ARCHERS. Aljun Melecio and La Salle showcase their dangerous form in a blowout win over Letran. Photo from PBA Images

Abueva on to next stage of ending PBA suspension

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Calvin Abueva has not played for 9 months as he awaits the PBA to lift his indefinite suspension

ONE DOWN. Calvin Abueva has already finished the first stage of his bid of returning to the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

Cone: Japeth to spread his wings with Slaughter out

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Tim Cone believes Japeth Aguilar will 'take off' in the Philippine Cup now that he does not have to share minutes with Greg Slaughter

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Japeth Aguilar is expected to play a bigger role for Barangay Ginebra in its title quest in the Philippine Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler