Gilas Pilipinas FIBA 2019 news and features - updates

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Spain World Cup win, US woes blow Olympic basketball wide open

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:48 PM

USA will shoot for a fourth straight Olympic gold, but standing in its way are contenders Spain, Argentina, France, and Australia

KINGS OF BASKETBALL. Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit with a gold in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

MVP Rubio says World Cup winners Spain 'had biggest heart'

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Ricky Rubio leads Spain to its second FIBA World Cup crown with averages of 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals

AT THE TOP. Ricky Rubio and Spain are world champions again. Photo from

Gasol claims rare NBA-World Cup double as Spain crushes Argentina

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Marc Gasol joins Lamar Odom as the only players to win an NBA title and a FIBA World Cup championship in the same year

CHAMPIONS. Marc Gasol and Spain are kings of international basketball once again. Photo from

Australia's Bogut to be investigated for FIBA World Cup rant

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'In this case there will be a disciplinary procedure,' says FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis on Andrew Bogut's World Cup outburst

IN TROUBLE. FIBA starts its investigation on Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut. Photo from FIBA

Spain's Gasol on verge of rare NBA-World Cup double

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Marc Gasol may be poised for a rare feat – winning the NBA crown and a FIBA World Cup in the same year

ENDURING. Marc Gasol admits the long basketball has been tough, but it’s 'all worth it.’ Photo from

Calls for Bogut ban after Australia's crushing World Cup loss

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:27 PM

A video footage shows Australian star Andrew Bogut swearing and accusing FIBA and its referees for favoring Spain in the semifinals

CONTROVERSIAL. Australian NBA standout Andrew Bogut may face sanctions. Photo from

Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15 AM

'We are just going to win some and lose some,' NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Team USA's failed World Cup title defense bid

TOUGH RUN. Team USA gets relegated to a battle for 7th place. Photo from

Team USA basketball star hits out at 'slander, disrespect'

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:55 PM

A member of deposed World Cup champion USA says they're the ones 'who stepped up to the plate when others stepped down'

LAST SHOT. Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker hope to close out Team USA’s failed title defense bid with a win. Photo from

USA faces Olympic questions after World Cup flop

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The debacle in China raises the pressure on the US to lock in NBA A-listers or risk missing out the Olympic gold

MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED. Team USA, which settled for second-tier NBA stars, fails in its bid for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo from

Filipino ref officiates anew as France eliminates USA

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Bong Pascual calls the game in another USA match in the FIBA World Cup

STUNNING WIN. Rudy Gobert and France show the door to the USA out of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Brothers propel Spain at World Cup – but it's not the Gasols

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pau and Marc Gasol may be in the twilight of their brilliant careers, but Spain boasts another set of standout siblings

Yeng Guiao steps down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The search for a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach begins as Yeng Guiao resigns from his post after failing to steer the team to a win in the FIBA World Cup

FAREWELL. Yeng Guiao says he is sorry that Gilas Pilipinas could not deliver a better performance. Photo from

Stunned Serbia buckled under World Cup expectations, says coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Coach Sasha Djordjevic says Serbia may be a great squad but it sometimes 'does not help' to be tagged as favorite

NBA star Nikola Jokic (right) and the Serbians bow out in the quarterfinals. Photo from fiba.baketball

NBA star Gasol slams Mediterranean migrant inaction

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'I'm not thinking about governments but people, the risk they take when they take to the sea for a journey that is almost suicidal,' says Spanish center Marc Gasol

SEND HELP. Spanish NBA star Marc Gasol denounces European countries that consistently refuse to allow civilian rescue vessels to dock. Photo from FIBA

Guiao: Shooting, quality big men what Gilas Pilipinas needs in future

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:41 PM

In the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines ranked second to last in three-point percentage – a department where half of the top 10 are at least 6-foot-8

HEARTBREAKING RUN. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas end their FIBA World Cup campaign without a single win. Photo from

LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas arrives in Manila after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Gilas Pilipinas is back in Manila after a winless 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign

HOME, SWEET HOME. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao (left) and Kiefer Ravena make their way out of the airport. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greece seeks to ban referees after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos accuses referees of disrespecting NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo

FOULED OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo fouls out as Greece ends its bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown. Photo from FIBA

Popovich 'thrilled' as U.S. qualifies for Tokyo 2020 basketball

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Team USA secures a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth as it chases its 4th straight FIBA World Cup crown

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers leads US against the Brazilians with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Photo from FIBA

'Disrespected' MVP Antetokounmpo and Greece out of World Cup

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Greece fails to reach the quarterfinals, admitting it failed to make the most out of NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's presence

OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece bid their title hopes goodbye. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas dead last in FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Winless in 5 outings, the Philippines also finishes with the worst point differential in the 32-nation tournament

HEARTBREAKING. Gilas Pilipinas wraps up a nightmarish campaign. Photo from

Winless in his World Cup debut, Bolick says the feeling 'sucks'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Gilas guard Robert Bolick thinks the World Cup fiasco was a result of their limited preparation time

NOT ENOUGH. Robert Bolick goes all out in his last game, but Gilas Pilipinas still ends up getting whipped by Iran. Photo from

Guiao on Gilas Pilipinas coaching job: 'I'm open to anything'

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:09 AM

After failing to steer the Philippine team to at least one win, coach Yeng Guiao says he's taking responsibility for the World Cup debacle

Photo from

Frustration hits tipping point as Blatche ends FIBA World Cup ejected

Sep 09, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Andray Blatche can't contain his disappointment any longer in a game that encapsulates Gilas Pilipinas' painful campaign in the FIBA World Cup

HORROR. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas wrap up their FIBA World Cup journey without a single win. Photo from

FIBA World Cup referees sent home after blunder

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:29 PM

A crucial mistake in the dying seconds of the France-Lithuania quarterfinal match prompts FIBA to expel 3 referees from the World Cup

CONTROVERSIAL. Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas and France’s Rudy Gobert figure in a contentious sequence in the final stretch of the game. Photo from

Iran game to test how Gilas Pilipinas measures up in Asia

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Gilas Pilipinas faces a familiar foe in Iran as it tries to avoid ending its FIBA World Cup campaign winless

LAST STAND. CJ Perez and Gilas Pilipinas go for one last chance to get a win in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Losing to Iran could sink Gilas Pilipinas to last place

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Winless after 4 outings, the Philippines cannot afford another loss in its final game versus Iran in the FIBA World Cup

HELL-BENT ON WINNING. Gilas Pilipinas can still salvage its woeful FIBA World Cup campaign with a win. Photo from

Bogut booed again but Australia nears World Cup quarters

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Chinese fans continue to heckle NBA veteran Andrew Bogut for his barbed tweet on national swimming hero Sun Yang

AMUSED. Australia’s Andrew Bogut continues to engage with his 'Chinese fans.' Photo by

Towering Iran stands in way of Gilas Pilipinas' last-gasp bid

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippines takes on an Iran side fielding a full-strength roster with its one-two punch of Hamed Haddadi and Nikkah Bahrami back in the fold

GIANT PROBLEM. Gilas Pilipinas battles a familiar foe in Hamed Haddadi when it faces Iran. Photo from

Blatche vows to keep fighting as Gilas Pilipinas seeks first win

Sep 07, 2019 - 1:48 AM

Dropping its fourth straight game in the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas has one final try to go home with at least one victory

FRUSTRATING. Not even Andray Blatche finding his rhythm could propel Gilas Pilipinas to a win. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas banking on depth vs Tunisia

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Tunisia has a shallow bench with 4 of its players averaging more than 30 minutes and 1 norming nearly 28 minutes – a fact the Philippines looks to capitalize on

ACHING TO WIN. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas gun for their first win in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Emboldened Australia eyes first World Cup title

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:28 PM

After stunning USA in a tune-up match and topping the 'Group of Death' in the first round, Australia expects a breakthrough run

STAR-STUDDED. NBA players Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills headline Australia's 'best-ever team.' Photo from

Host China stung by World Cup exit: 'A long way to go'

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:54 PM

While China dominates Asia, the FIBA World Cup exposes yet again that even the region's elite teams still struggle against the world's best

The unanswered prayer

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:25 AM

To fault Kiefer Ravena for taking the game-tying attempt is to criticize him for leaning on his natural instinct – to take the big shot

Gilas Pilipinas' Olympic bid still alive as China gets boot

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Philippines may be winless in the FIBA World Cup, but it still has a shot at the best Asian team honor that comes with an outright Tokyo Olympics berth

IN THE RUNNING. Gilas Pilipinas needs to win its remaining two games in the classification stage to have a chance at an automatic Olympic berth. Photo from

Perez admits 'lack of experience' did Gilas Pilipinas in

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:09 PM

CJ Perez hesitates in the final moments of regulation and fails to find a good shot as the Philippines fall prey to Angola in overtime

'ROOKIE VETERAN.' CJ Perez continues to play beyond his years in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

WATCH: Ravena emotional as Gilas Pilipinas suffers yet another loss

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Kiefer Ravena says it 'would have been the world' to them to gift Filipinos a win in the FIBA World Cup

WOES PILE UP. Kiefer Ravena and Gilas Pilipinas end the group stage of the FIBA World Cup winless. Photo from

LOOK: Filipino referee officiates Turkey near-upset of USA

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Filipino referee Bong Pascual whistles in one of the most thrilling matches in the FIBA World Cup where Turkey nearly stunned USA

VETERAN. Bong Pascual (right) reviews a play from the USA-Turkey game with his fellow referees. Screenshot from FIBA

June Mar finally meets Boban: 'Liit lang pala ng mundo'

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:47 PM

June Mar Fajardo says he will learn a lot from his on-court encounter with the 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic

LOOK-ALIKE. Boban Marjanovic and June Mar Fajardo have long been compared by Filipino basketball fans for their physical similarities. Photos from

Blatche not playing up to par, but Guiao not pointing fingers

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Coach Yeng Guiao hopes Andray Blatche delivers in Gilas Pilipinas' last 3 FIBA World Cup games

STRUGGLING. Andray Blatche has not made much of an impact for Gilas Pilipinas in its first two games in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Two blowout losses show Gilas 'missing quality,' says Serbia coach

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Serbia drubs the Philippines by 59 points to record the biggest winning margin yet in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

DOMINANT. Nikola Jokic and Serbia make easy work of Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from

Serbia questions World Cup format after Gilas thrashing

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'What does it serve to the Philippine team to lose by this difference?' coach Sasha Djordjevic asks after his topnotch Serbia team rips Gilas Pilipinas by 59 points

MISMATCH. Serbia just proves too strong for Robert Bolick and Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from

In Gilas’ collapse, let’s remember what matters

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Even if we knew there was little to no shot at defeating Serbia, we hoped against hope

REALITY. NBA star Nikola Jokic and the Serbians remind June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas of the many leaps the program still has to take. Photo from

Serbia coach claims Paul Lee had intention to hurt

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Sasha Djordjevic says he doesn't like dirty players, minutes after Serbia's win over the Philippines where Paul Lee figured in an on-court incident

STILL WINLESS. Paul Lee and Gilas Pilipinas absorb back-to-back lopsided losses in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Guiao takes swipe at FIBA officiating: 'Worse than PBA refs'

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:53 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao feels the early fouls took away Gilas Pilipinas' momentum against powerhouse Serbia

LOPSIDED. Coach Yeng Guiao admits Serbia is just 'too big and too good' for the Philippine team. Photo from

French star Rudy Gobert hits out at FIBA after dope test

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year slams FIBA for showing 'no respect' during a random drug test just hours after a late match

Photo from FIBA

Ravena drug tests 'not random' anymore, says Guiao

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Kiefer Ravena undergoes a second drug test in 4 days in the FIBA World Cup – presumably due to his 18-month suspension that ended barely two weeks ago

TAKING IT IN STRIDE. Kiefer Ravena says he does not take his selection for the drug tests personally. Photo from

Beat Serbia? Gilas guard Bolick says 'Why not?'

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Robert Bolick and the rest of Gilas Pilipinas are 'looking to win' against world powerhouse and FIBA World Cup favorite Serbia

BELIEVER. Robert Bolick remains defiant despite the odds stacked against Gilas Pilipinas in its looming duel against Serbia. Photo from

Serbia not taking Gilas Pilipinas lightly: 'We don't want to be surprised'

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Coach Sasha Djordjevic says Serbia plans to approach its FIBA World Cup game against the Philippines like it's the 'most important one in our careers'

BIG PROBLEM. Expect Serbia star Nikola Jokic to play big against Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from

FIBA World Cup: Italy bullies Gilas to breaking point

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The last time the Philippines was in the World Cup in 2014, the entire country felt like it was in celebration. We wanted to feel that again

Photo from FIBA

Blatche takes responsibility for no 'puso' in blowout to Italy

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Andray Blatche offers no excuse after accounting for 9 of Gilas Pilipinas' 23 turnovers in their 46-point loss to Italy

BLOWOUT. Andray Blatche says the lopsided loss to Italy is on him. Photo from