PBA imports - updates

Rappler's latest stories on PBA imports


TNT taps Marqus Blakely as Governors' Cup import

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The KaTropa look to turn around a dismal start in the Governors' Cup by bringing in the former Best Import

BACK AT IT. Marqus Blakely returns to the PBA after two years. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Get to know the PBA Commissioner's Cup imports

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Barangay Ginebra taps new import Charles Garcia as five former reinforcements return for the mid-season conference

IMPORTS. Meralco Bolts' Arinze Onuaku is one of the 12 PBA imports that will see action in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup. File photo from PBA Media Bureau

Ex-TNT import Glen Rice Jr. cut from Israeli league, punching incident apparently the last straw

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:50 PM

'Glen started to lose it a long time ago.'

HOT HEADED. Glen Rice Jr punching Guy Pnini is the last straw after his other misdemeanors, including threatening fans and slamming the ball whenever he doesn’t get favorable calls. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA lifts ban on Renaldo Balkman

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The former Petron Blaze player, who was banned in 2013 for choking teammate Arwind Santos, can now return to the PBA

HE'S BACK. Renaldo Balkman gets the thumbs up from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial and Arwind Santos on his return to the PBA. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Old and new imports add flavor to 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup

Mar 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Meet each of the 12 team s reinforcements here

RETURNEES. (From L-R) Denzel Bowles, James White, and Eugene Phelps are just a few of the familiar faces in the roster of imports for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup. File Photos from PBA Images

From teammates to rivals: Henderson-Niles, Dozier meet in PBA finals

May 05, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Former college teammates Rob Dozier and Pierre Henderson Niles will be on opposite sides when Alaska meets Rain or Shine in the Commissioner s Cup Finals

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup imports

Feb 09, 2016 - 10:57 PM

Here are the imports for each PBA team this conference

Meralco Bolts bringing in Malcolm Thomas as import

Jan 28, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Thomas 27 played college basketball for San Diego State the same school as current NBA star Kawhi Leonard

Syrian baller survives war, finds hope in Manila

Jun 13, 2015 - 7:19 PM

A brother kidnapped a hometown lost PBA Asian import Michael Madanly flees war torn Syria and dreams to rebuild again

N’Diaye’s eye injury ‘nothing serious’, says agent

Jun 05, 2015 - 9:42 PM

Hamady N’Diaye visited Cardinal Santos Medical Center after receiving a poke in the eye from Alaska forward Calvin Abueva

KIA's import player Hamady N’Diaye will be alright after a minor scare. File photo by Josh Albelda

Why not the Meralco Bolts?

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Four games into the Commissioner’s Cup it’s clear that the Bolts are championship contenders thanks to their brand of basketball and lethal import

Barroca, Orton lead Purefoods’ rout of NLEX

Feb 11, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Daniel Orton leads Purefoods 87 62 rout of NLEX He debuts with 16 points and 12 rebounds

New Purefoods import Daniel Orton posts up against NLEX's Asi Taulava.

Cone goes with Blakely over Orton in Purefoods-Blackwater tiff

Feb 06, 2015 - 2:18 PM

Purefoods head coach Tim Cone says he wants to give Daniel Orton more time to familiarize himself with the Star Hotshots system

TEMPORARY. Marqus Blakely will suit up for Purefoods one more time in the PBA 2015 Commissioner's Cup.

San Miguel reportedly signs import Roberts, but team manager denies

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:49 PM

San Miguel Beermen has reportedly signed Ronald Roberts to be the team s import but team manager Gee Abanilla says that the franchise has yet to make a final decision

BEER RUN. ESPN reports that Ronald Roberts is Manila-bound, but San Miguel's team manager has yet to confirm. Photo by Jason Bradwell / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP

Beermen left searching for another import

Jan 20, 2015 - 3:32 PM

San Miguel s initial choice Arinze Onuaku has drawn interest from some NBA teams prompting his agent to cancel talks for a possible PBA stint

Arinze Onuaku of the Canton Charge goes up for the shot against the Delaware 87ers last December. Photo by David Liam Kyle/AFP

Thornton signs with NLEX, team to join Dubai tournament

Dec 30, 2014 - 3:06 PM

NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez says Al Thornton s ability to play inside and outside fits well with the Road Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers forward Al Thornton (R) gets by the defending Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (L). File photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

Ex-NBA player Al Thornton still weighing playing options

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:32 PM

Al Thornton has yet to commit to a PBA team but three franchises are interested in his services

Los Angeles Clippers forward Al Thornton (R) gets by the defending Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (L). File photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

Yeng Guiao defends Rain or Shine's 'physical' reputation

Jul 01, 2014 - 4:19 AM

The most basic right of every person is to defend yourself said Rain or Shine s coach as his team prepares to challenge San Mig Coffee for the Governors Cup title

READY TO GOVERN. Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao addresses the media at the Governors' Cup Finals press conference. Photo by Josh Albelda

LA Tenorio comes out firing in Ginebra blowout of Barako

Jun 03, 2014 - 11:11 PM

Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio exploded for a game high 22 points to lead Ginebra to a wide victory over Barako Bull

LA Tenorio scored 22 points and dished 5 assists in a blowout win over the Barako Bull. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA

Ginebra stays unbeaten under Cariaso with win over Air21

May 27, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Jeff Cariaso has yet to lose as Ginebra s head coach drawing strong performances from Zaccheus Mason and Greg Slaughter against Air21

SPARKED. Mark Caguioa of Ginebra goes to the basket for two points. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA: New coach Alex Compton nails first win with Alaska

May 26, 2014 - 11:24 PM

Former MBA player Alex Compton is now 1 0 as Alaska head coach after beating an import less Talk N Text

MILK MONEY. Henry Walker of the Alaska Aces moves to the basket against Aaron Aban of Talk 'N Text. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Globalport survives Alaska's late fightback

May 23, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Globalport overcame the Alaska Aces to earn their first win of the Governors Cup tying their victory total from the Commissioner s Cup

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Terrence Romeo drives to the basket against Calvin Abueva. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Coffee starts bid for Grand Slam with rout of Barako Bull

May 21, 2014 - 11:20 PM

Tim Cone s squad starts their bid for the third title to get a PBA Grandslam with a 76 66 win over Barako Bull

SCORING APOSTLE. Peter June Simon (L), who led the Mixers in scoring, attacks the defense of JC Intal (R). Photo by Nuki Sabio/Rappler

Ginebra eases into triangle and dispatches Globalport

May 20, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Under a new coach and a new system Barangay Ginebra thrived and blew out Globalport to begin their Governors Cup campaign

TAKEOFF. Ginebra's Chris Ellis goes to the rim against Jay Washington of Globalport. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Barako import Eric Wise eager to leave a mark in PBA like his father

May 19, 2014 - 5:23 PM

Barako import Eric Wise has the bloodlines to be a standout in the PBA but now looks to make his own legacy

WISE DECISION. Eric Wise of Barako Bull Energy drives to the basket. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Walker’s near triple-double lead Aces past Beermen

May 18, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Billy Walker was one assist from a triple double in his debut for the Alaska Aces to lead his team to victory in their Governors Cup opener

WALK THE WALK. Billy Walker of the Alaska Aces goes to the rim against San Miguel Beer's Arwind Santos. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Barako Bull escapes Meralco in Govs Cup opener

May 18, 2014 - 6:50 PM

The Barako Bull Energy Cola squeak out a 1 point victory in the Governor s Cup opener led by a second generation PBA import

WISE DECISION. Eric Wise of Barako Bull Energy drives to the basket. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Govs’ Cup Import Lowdown: Bill Walker and Eric Wise

May 18, 2014 - 5:55 PM

Enzo Flojo analyzes the Governors Cup imports for the Alaska Aces and Barako Bull Energy

Bill Walker (L) and Eric Wise (R), who will reinforce Alaska and Barako Bull, respectively. Photos from AFP

NBA vets Williams, Walker highlight PBA Govs Cup imports

May 09, 2014 - 11:49 PM

A slew of frequent visitors and NBA vets compose the reinforcements for the 2014 PBA Governors Cup

IMPORTED MILK. Former New York Knick Bill Walker (R) will be counted on to provide long-range shooting for the Alaska Aces. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

San Mig subdues Air21's winning run to tie semis series

May 01, 2014 - 10:56 PM

This time the giants won as San Mig Coffee evened their series with Air21 on Thursday night

Marc Pingris of San Mig Coffee puts up a one-handed shot against Air21's Wesley Witherspoon and Asi Taulava. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA 2014 Commissioner's Cup semifinals schedule

Apr 26, 2014 - 11:35 PM

View the schedule for the 2014 Commissioner s Cup semifinals which pit San Mig Coffee vs Air21 and Rain or Shine vs Talk N Text

PBA quarterfinals preview: Struggling Ginebra battles unblemished TNT

Apr 22, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Can Ginebra overcome a twice to beat disadvantage against the unbeaten Talk N Text? The Gin Kings have their work cut out against the league leaders

Jayson Castro of Talk N Text uses a Kelly Williams pick to elude Ginebra rival Chris Ellis during a game last month. Photo by Nuki/Sabio

David, Jackson explode for 57 as Meralco zaps Rain or Shine

Apr 21, 2014 - 8:24 PM

The Meralco Bolts drew first blood in their Best of 3 series with Rain or Shine taking a 94 91 victory behind clutch plays from import Darnell Jackson

ELECTRIC SHOCK. Jared Dillinger of Meralco goes to the basket against Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA quarterfinals preview: Aces face long road to title defense

Apr 21, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Fresh off their showdown on Easter Sunday Rappler previews the Alaska Aces vs San Mig Coffee quarterfinals series

PBA quarterfinals preview: Rain or Shine vs. Meralco

Apr 21, 2014 - 6:12 AM

With Rain or Shine and the Meralco Bolts preparing to begin their quarterfinals series on Monday April 21 Levi Verora previews their chances

Jeff Chan and Jared Dillinger may be teammates on Gilas Pilipinas, but they'll be on opposite ends of their quarterfinals matchup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Defending champs Alaska secure 3rd seed with rout of San Mig

Apr 20, 2014 - 5:32 PM

The Alaska Aces tore down San Mig Coffee using their full roster to spread out a balanced offense en route to victory

POCKET ACES. Alaska Aces import Rob Dozier puts up a jumper over Yancy De Ocampo. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Talk 'N Text import Howell taken to hospital after fall

Apr 10, 2014 - 1:39 AM

Talk N Text import Richard Howell was taken to the hospital on Wednesday night April 9 after he absorbed a hard and awkward fall during Wednesday s Rain or Shine game

NO SIGNAL. Talk N Text's Richard Howell is helped up after absorbing a nasty fall during a collision with Paul Lee. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Best Player Race Weeks 3-4: Ranidel reigns

Apr 03, 2014 - 3:33 PM

PBA writer Levi Verora thinks Talk N Text s Ranidel De Ocampo has been the most impactful player of the conference after four weeks Read on to see who rounds out the top ten

UNLI-TEXT. Talk N Text's Ranidel De Ocampo is leading all locals in scoring, and this writer believes he's also the top player this conference. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Is Josh Powell the missing piece of Ginebra's puzzle?

Apr 03, 2014 - 1:53 AM

Barangay Ginebra fans are happy once again after the Gin Kings victory Wednesday night against the Meralco Bolts But can replacement import Josh Powell really solve all of their problems?

THE ANSWER? Josh Powell throws down a dunk in his debut with Ginebra. Is he the missing piece to turning around their conference? Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA: Alaska's beasts Abueva, Espinas shut down Barako

Apr 02, 2014 - 8:47 PM

The Alaska defense limited Barako to just 71 points as they gained sole possession of 4th place in the PBA Commissioner s Cup standings

TOUGH MILKMEN. Alaska Ace Gabby Espinas goes to the basket against the Barako defense. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Talk N Text passes San Mig test to go 7-0

Mar 31, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Talk N Text relied on a huge second quarter rally before fending off San Mig Coffee late to earn revenge on their Philippine Cup quarterfinal conquerors

STRONG SIGNAL. Talk N Text's Ranidel De Ocampo puts up a layup over San Mig Coffee's Joe Devance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain or Shine sinks struggling Globalport

Mar 31, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Rain or Shine showed their dominance on both ends of the floor to demolish a hapless Globalport crew in import Wayne Chism s debut game

ROS SHINES. Paul Lee of Rain or Shine goes up for a layout during their blowout win over Globalport. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Best Import Ladder Weeks 3-4: Only the best shall remain

Mar 31, 2014 - 7:24 PM

As the PBA Commissioner s Cup race heats up PBA writer Levi Verora ranks the imports who have best helped their teams so far

HOWELL DOING WELL. Talk N Text's Richard Howell drives to the basket against Ginebra's Greg Slaughter. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine opts for import Chism's 'size and athleticism'

Mar 29, 2014 - 7:46 PM

Rain or Shine coach says that Alex McLean is a good import but believes that Wayne Chism will be the right import for their team

IMPORT TO EXPORT. Wayne Chism, seen here playing for the NCAA men's Tennessee Volunteers basketball team, will replace Alex McLean as the Rain or Shine import. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

Meralco coach Gregorio says illnesses have hurt Bolts

Mar 29, 2014 - 4:25 AM

Meralco Bolts head coach Ryan Gregorio addressed the team s health and stamina after a difficult loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday while voicing support for import Brian Butch

BROWNOUT. Meralco Bolts import Brian Butch fell ill prior to their loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday, leading to a dip in production. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Top Qatar team interested in Barako import Dollard

Mar 27, 2014 - 3:32 AM

Barako Energy import Josh Dollard may be heading further east for his next assignment

TOP DOLLARD. Barako import Josh Dollard is fielding offers to play in other countries in case he isn't picked up for the next conference. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Barangay Ginebra continues tailspin with Air21 loss

Mar 26, 2014 - 10:56 PM

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel sustained their fourth loss in six games as the Air21 Express pulled out a close victory

EXPRESS DELIVERY. Joseph Yeo of Air21 Express has a clear lane to the basket for a layup en route to a victory of Ginebra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain or Shine to choose between imports McLean and Chism

Mar 26, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will be deciding on Thursday March 27 whether to continue on with current import Alexander McLean or to make the switch to Wayne Chism

MCLEAN MCGONE? Rain or Shine will decide on March 27 whether to keep import Alex McLean (pictured) or to bring in Wayne Chism. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Rain or Shine squashes Meralco's comeback hopes for second win

Mar 26, 2014 - 8:17 PM

The Meralco Bolts ran out of comebacks on Wednesday as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters turned them back

PAINT JOB. Rain or Shine's Jeff Chan charges past Meralco's Jared Dillinger for a layup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA Fastbreak: Barako Energy stronger than Coffee late

Mar 26, 2014 - 4:57 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Barako Energy s come from behind victory over San Mig Coffee

DOLLARD DOLLARD BILL. Barako Energy's Josh Dollard goes to the rim against San Mig's Joe Devance. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images