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Top PBA stars from each UAAP school

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:26 PM

Each UAAP school has contributed its share of players who established themselves as PBA all-time greats

BIG J. It would be foolhardy not to bestow the honor of the top PBA player from UE to Robert Jaworski. Photo from 1995 PBA Annual

PBA coaches back training protocols: 'All we have to do is follow'

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:48 PM

The PBA targets July 22 as the resumption date for practices once it gets formal approval from the government

WAITING GAME. Tim Cone and Barangay Ginebra will be chasing a Philippine Cup title when the PBA season resumes. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA fines Aguilar, Wong for playing in pickup game

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:38 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says Japeth Aguilar and Adrian Wong are apologetic after being caught on video playing a pickup game

PUNISHED. Japeth Aguilar will pay a P20,000 fine and undergo 30 hours of community service as a consequence for participating in a pickup game. Photo from PBA Images

Hoops at home: PBA players deal with challenge of staying fit

Jul 05, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Used to a year-long season grind, PBA players have been limited to shooting hoops and training at their own homes

FITNESS. Kiefer Ravena says not being able to do their usual basketball activities while in quarantine affects players' timing and rhythm. Photo from PBA Images

PBA on 'right track' after getting thumbs up to practice again

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says he will meet first with coaches, managers, and the board of governors before players start practicing

HOPE. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the government allowing players to resume practice is a 'big thing' for the league. Photo from PBA Images

Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

PBA to summon Aguilar, Wong over training video

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:28 PM

Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra and Adrian Wong of Rain or Shine appear in the video to be playing with other high-profile players

EXPLANATION. Barangay Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar will give his side of the story to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial after he was caught on video playing in an apparent pickup game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Learning from Lastimosa: Why Jolas let his game do the talking

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'A lot of pros lose sight of why they play the game. Oftentimes, the business side of the game will run over your purpose and desire,' says PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa

ACES AMONG ACES. Jojo Lastimosa proved to be the leader of the Alaska dynasty in the 1990s.

Ranidel de Ocampo back with TNT – but in a different role

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Retired forward Ranidel de Ocampo reunites with the franchise he won multiple PBA championships with, though now as an assistant coach

NEW ROLE. Ranidel de Ocampo shifts to coaching after retiring from the PBA as a player. Photo from PBA Images

LOOKBACK: Highs and lows of '80s PH basketball

Jun 26, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Before the PBA big guns took over the Philippine basketball team, a new breed of young stars carried the national colors

Tab Baldwin out of TNT coaching staff

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:09 PM

TNT says the decision to fire Tab Baldwin, who was fined and suspended for his critical comments on the PBA, came 'way before the lockdown'

OUSTED. TNT KaTropa removes Tab Baldwin as assistant coach after his controversial comments. UAAP photo release

'Humbled' Baldwin declines Ateneans' offers to pay PBA fine

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Tab Baldwin believes there's a far bigger battle that those funds should go to: fighting the coronavirus

GREATER BATTLE. Tab Baldwin hopes that the donations will go to Ateneo's COVID-19 drive instead. Photo courtesy of UAAP photo release

PBA players unanimously want to return to practice

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:59 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says players agreed to practice and play after meeting them to discuss league plans for a potential season restart

MEETING. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says all of the 12 teams were represented in the forum. Photo from PBA Images

How Lamont Strothers played his way out

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:39 PM

From playing in the NBA Finals against Michael Jordan to getting a rude welcome in the PBA, Lamont Strothers looks back at his basketball journey

RESIDENT IMPORT. Now a high school coach, Lamont Strothers played for 6 years in the PBA. Photo from Facebook/True Blooded San Miguel Beermen

PBA suspends, fines Baldwin P75,000 for 'detrimental' comments

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:08 PM

After criticizing the pro basketball landscape, coach Tab Baldwin won’t be around for a few games when the PBA resumes

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Abueva to return with more fire, less antics

Jun 14, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Suspended for more than a year, Calvin Abueva vows to double his passion and energy once he steps on the PBA hardcourt again

DETERMINED. Calvin Abueva says he wants to show to people that he does not quit because of just one problem. Photo from PBA Images

Former PH basketball coach Nic Jorge dies at 78

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:18 AM

Nic Jorge, an advocate of grassroots basketball, mentored the Philippine team that saw action in the 1978 FIBA World Cup

PBA to fine Tab Baldwin for 'detrimental' comments

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:18 PM

Tab Baldwin says the PBA 'should never have a single import playing on a team'

STRAIGHTFORWARD. Tab Baldwin has been known for being an outspoken figure in Philippine basketball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Abueva raring for PBA return by completing psychological tests

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:13 PM

Contrary to speculations, suspended PBA star Calvin Abueva bares he had already undergone two drug tests

PUNISHED. Calvin Abueva has been suspended by the PBA for more than a year. Photo from PBA Images

LOOKBACK: The origin of PBA’s Manila Clasico

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Since the '80s, the showdown between Purefoods and Ginebra highlights the rivalry between a glamour squad and an everyday man’s team

YOUTH POWER. Over 3 decades ago, a new Purefoods squad built its franchise around the charming and talented Alvin Patrimonio. Photo from Facebook/Pinas Ball

PBA chief downplays Alaska exit rumors

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:04 PM

'Alaska is eager for the season to resume and will be ready for battle,' the franchise clarifies in a statement

CHASING GREATNESS. Alaska has undergone a major revamp by building its team on young players in its bid to reclaim PBA glory. Photo from PBA Images

Suspended for a year, Abueva still needs to meet PBA demands

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:00 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says the coronavirus pandemic has stalled the comeback bid of Calvin Abueva

WAITING GAME. Calvin Abueva has seen his PBA suspension drag on for a year. Photo from PBA Images

A royal conversation with PBA legend Abe King

Jun 08, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Abe King charted an iconic PBA career that saw him etch his mark as one of the best defenders and rebounders in league history

ICON. Abe King earned the moniker "Chairman of the Boards" in the PBA. Photo from Abe King's Facebook account

PBA coaches agree: Kai Sotto joining G League a 'good move'

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:09 PM

PBA champion coaches Norman Black and Yeng Guiao both believe Kai Sotto has the skills and dedication to reach the NBA

TALL ORDER. Kai Sotto faces the daunting task of becoming the first homegrown Filipino to make the NBA. Photo from

Why Sean Chambers may retire in the Philippines

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Two decades since his retirement, former PBA import Sean Chambers still visits the country every year

PBA seeking IATF approval for players' return to practice

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:36 PM

The PBA plans to submit a letter to the IATF requesting for a training restart

SAFETY MEASURE. PBA players will be tested thrice a month if the government allows the league to resume training. Photo from PBA Images

PBA gives green light to Dyip franchise transfer

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Columbian Autocar Corporation transfers the Dyip franchise to its sister company Terra Firma Realty Development Corporation

UP-AND-COMING. CJ Perez and the Dyip were expected to climb up the ranks before the PBA suspended its season. Photo from PBA Images

Fil-foreign PBA players join call for justice after George Floyd death

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:02 AM

The players go live on Instagram and offer a moment of silence while taking a knee and holding a sign that shows 'Could've been me'

SEND A MESSAGE. Harvey Carey and CJ Perez join several Fil-foreign PBA players in taking a knee following the death of George Floyd. Screengrab from Instagram/@manilablk4 and @cjayp7

LOOKBACK: How the 1984 NBA Draft made an impact on the PBA

May 30, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The PBA holds a strong link to the 1984 NBA Draft, perhaps more than any other year

ALL-TIME GREAT. The PBA named the Best Import award after Bobby Parks, a seven-time winner. Photo by PBA Throwback and Trivias (@pbaarchive)

PBA clinging on hope for season restart

May 29, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The PBA eyes to stage at least one conference to salvage the 45th season with the government relaxing quarantine measures

HIATUS. The PBA has been on shutdown for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from PBA Images

Hoops return: What will basketball look like now

May 28, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Players need to improvise their celebration jigs to abide by the new FIBA guidelines

KEEP DISTANCE. Players are encouraged to observe social distancing to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOKBACK: The should-have-been PBA MVPs

May 27, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Here’s a look at some exceptional PBA players who didn't have the good fortune of copping the highest individual honor

DYNAMIC. In Alaska, Jojo Lastimosa blossomed to become one of the best players in the league. Photo by PBA Throwback and Trivias (@pbaarchive)

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

'90s Philippine basketball: The silver that felt like gold

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Mentored by Robert Jaworski, the 1990 Philippine basketball team remains one of the most celebrated national squads in history

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

Basketball Olympian Alfonso Marquez dies at 82

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:29 PM

Alfonso Marquez, a cage star in the 1960s, saw action for two Olympic basketball teams

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