FIBA Asia Hangout: Is Gilas Pilipinas ready to win?
MANILA, Philippines — It's two days to go before the 27th FIBA Asia Championships officially begins its 11-day battle at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on August 1.
The biggest basketball tournament in Asia is bound to attract basketball fans all over the continent, as 15 teams battle for three spots to next year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Filipino basketball fans in particular have plenty of reasons to get excited about. It has been 40 years since the Philippines was chosen to host the tournament, and 28 years has passed since the Philippine team won the title.
Many questions continue to stir the minds of readers and fans of Asian basketball: How ready is the Philippines to host FIBA Asia 2013? Is Gilas ready to win the games this year? Which country match-ups should we look out for?
In anticipation of the upcoming games, several guests are coming together in a Rappler Hangout to talk about the country's national basketball team Gilas Pilipinas, their chances of securing a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and everything else in between that makes FIBA Asia one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. Joining this Hangout are:
Asi Taulava, a professional basketball player for the San Miguel Beermen and one of the most prominent players in the PBA. He recently won the Most Valuable Player award in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Enzo Flojo, one of the closest followers of Gilas Pilipinas. He is an English teacher at Ateneo High School and maintains a nationally-recognized basketball blog.
Eric Altamirano, a former national team coach, and is currently the head coach of the National University Bulldogs for UAAP's Season 76.
Hosting this Hangout is Jason Webb, a sports analyst and reporter.