SMC Mixers to be renamed Purefoods Star Hotshots

Naveen Ganglani
Defending PBA Grand Slam champion San Mig Coffee Mixers will change their team name to Purefoods Star Hotshots ahead of the 2014-2015 PBA season
PUREFOODS ORIGINAL. James Yap poses in front of the team's new logo. Photo from Yap's Instagram

MANILA, Philippines – The defending PBA Grand Slam champion San Mig Coffee Mixers will change their team name to Purefoods Star Hotshots ahead of the 2014-2015 PBA season.

Changing team names isn’t an unfamiliar happening with the franchise, which has juggled with different titles since its entry into the Philippine Basketball Association in 1988.

Before being renamed the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in 2012, the team was known as the B-Meg Llamados from 2010-2012, and called the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants before that from 2007-2010.

Purefoods Star Hotshots is the 13th name the franchise will have during its successful tenure with the league – the eighth time the term “Purefoods” will be attached – which includes 13 championships and 27 finals appearances.

Purefoods star James Yap posted pictures of his club’s new uniform on Instagram on Wednesday, October 15.

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“This is where I started: Purefoods!,” said yap, who was picked second overall in 2004 by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs.

The Star Hotshots open their title defense on October 22, Wednesdays, against the Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum at 7:00 pm. –