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Jingoy as SBP Chairman? Will the POC finally accept it?

Jinggoy in as chair of cage body
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 11/05/2006


After a near falling out, the key players within the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, including those from the Basketball Association of the Philippines and Pilipinas Basketball, have reached a compromise.

According to an SBP insider, it was recently agreed upon that Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the BAP president, would assume the position of SBP chairman while industrialist Manny V. Pangilinan, will be the president.

The source said as chairman, Estrada will be the one to represent the SBP in the different functions here and abroad while as president, Pangilinan will make most of the calls.

The agreement will be formalized and put in black and white when the SBP holds its first national congress on Nov. 11. The rest of the officers should also be known during the congress.

The SBP has a 25-man board of trustees, 12 each from the BAP and PB, and the final slot occupied by Pangilinan, chairman of telecommunication giants PLDT and Smart.

The source said Estrada and Pangilinan couldn’t have agreed at a better time since some members of SBP board of trustees were already getting impatient, and have started to entertain ideas of calling everything off.

"These members have started thinking of abandoning the SBP. If this had happened, we’d all go back to square one and start from scratch. And this will not look good before the FIBA," he said.

For various reasons, the SBP has twice called off the holding of the national congres, first on Sept. 30 and the second on Oct. 21.

During this period, some major issues emerged, particularly the resignation of then BAP president Joey Lina who was part of the three-man panel that created the SBP, the others being Pangilinan and PB head Bernie Atienza.

Estrada took over the post vacated by Lina. Immediately after, Estrada was pushed by hardcore BAP members to seek the SBP presidency, and nothing less. This led to another impasse.

The source said Estrada and Pangilinan, who spearheaded the creation of the SBP, sealed the compromise before the latter left for Hong Kong for a pressing business commitment.

The SBP was created last September to eventually take the place of the BAP and PB as the rightful basketball association in the country, at the same time forge lasting peace and unity in the sport.

With SBP at the helm, the International Basketball Federation or FIBA might soon lift the suspension it slapped on the Philippines at the height of the basketball crisis last year.


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BAP may boycott Nov.11 SBP congress :(

Cage congress headed for doom?
By Julius Manicad
The Daily Tribune 11/06/2006


The national congress of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Nov. 11 may be headed for doom as several personalities of Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) are mulling the possibility of staging a boycott should the summit still push through amidst some major kinks within the infant cage body.

Graham Lim, the controversial BAP secretary general, yesterday admitted that other members are still having a second thought whether to attend SBP’s make-or-break function.

He said they are still very much convinced that BAP is the only legitimate cage body in the country as it still enjoys the recognition of the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) despite being expelled by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) from its roster of national sports associations last year.

And part of that uncertainty, he added, is abandoning the summit apparently as a delaying tactic to prolong the unification process and hold hostage the country’s reinstatement into their favor.

“I just don’t know if they are still willing to be part of it,” Lim said, speaking in behalf of the so-called “hardliners” and conservative BAP members.

“But for me, I will not join because I am already resigned and I don’t think SBP will still go that far. I really don’t know, maybe they will also not come anymore, let’s just wait and see.”

Should the BAP make a no-show in congress, the merger between the BAP and the POC-sponsored Pilipinas Basketball will suffer yet another blow. Lim said they will again convene tomorrow to determine what course of action to take.

But the personalities behind the SBP have a counter-attack to BAP’s tactic.

A ranking SBP member, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, yesterday divulged that they are likely to cancel the Nov.11 congress since most of the prime movers have other more important business to take care of.

He said Philippine Basketball League (PBL) commissioner and SBP board member Chino Trinidad and Pilipinas Basketball President Bernie Atienza will be in San Juan Gym to grace the opening of the PBL Silver Cup while SBP board member and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala is set to join the PBA in its out-of-town game in Mindanao.

If they call off the summit, that will give them enough leeway to convince the BAP members, and at the same time, convene among themselves what will be their decision to the resignation of Joey Lina as the BAP president and Lim as a SBP board member.

“If the (SBP) leaders will be asked if they want to push through, majority of Pilipinas Basketball members might also want to reschedule the congress,” the source said. “But as much as possible, they all want to patch things up, but not on Nov. 11. Maybe sooner or later, I guess.”

If the convention will be reset to a later date, this will be the third time that the unity proces will fail to take off. Originally, the convention was set on Sept. 30, which was the self-imposed deadline they have given Fiba to form a unified basketball front.

The purported congress, however, bogged down forcing them to reset it again on Oct. 21, which also went for naught due to the controversies that rocked the BAP and the untimely resignation of Lina and Lim.[/img]


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Kailangan na sigurong itigil itong thread na ito, wala talagang mangyayari hangat personal ang interest ng mga naka upo.Kawawa naman ang Pinoy.
Jingoy and BAP insisting on SBP presidency

Jinggoy denies SBP deal, wants presidency
By Marvin Sy
The Philippine Star 11/07/2006


Sen. Jinggoy Estrada denied yesterday that he had accepted the post of chairman of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, the proposed new cage body that would replace the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

In an interview, Estrada said that he has not been approached by any party to discuss the issue of leadership in the SBP.

It has been reported that Estrada has supposedly agreed to chair the new cage body while Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. chairman Manuel Pangilinan would serve as its president.

According to Estrada, he is willing to talk with all of the concerned parties but no one has formally approached him for a meeting.

He did admit that there were informal talks held last week with the emissaries of Pangilinan but no agreement was reached.

Estrada arrived last Monday from a trip to the United States but he said that Pangilinan has not been available for a meeting.

The senator pointed out that he wants to have control of the operations of the cage body, which he said the chairman does not have.

He explained that the chairman is a mere ceremonial figure and the president is the one that calls the shots.

Estrada is currently the head of the BAP, the cage body expelled by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) but recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

The Philippines has been suspended by the FIBA from its tournaments after the leadership crisis broke out in the aftermath of the BAP expulsion and the formation of Pilipinas Basketball as the country’s new cage body.

The SBP was created last September to eventually take the place of the BAP and PB as the rightful basketball association in the country and at the same time forge lasting peace and unity in the sport.

There had been talks that with SBP at the helm, the FIBA might soon lift the suspension it slapped on the Philippines at the height of the basketball crisis last year.

But with Estrada’s denial and firm stand that the BAP must be the one to call the shots, the road to cage unity remains to be bumpy as ever.

"They need the BAP. We don’t need them," Estrada said. [/img]


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Lim says it should be Jingoy as SBP Chairman and President
(Pano nasasabi kaya ni Graham Lim ito, samantalang kasama siya sa pumilit na kunin si Manny Pangilinan :banghead: )


Lim: Jinggoy should lead SBP as president
By Julius Manicad
The Tribune 11/07/2006



Outspoken Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary general Graham Lim yesterday claimed efforts to unify his group with rival Pilipinas Basketball will crash if the personalities behind the merger will not hand over the presidency of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to newly-elected BAP president Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

Lim, a Chinese national who has his own share of troubles after he was found to have falsified his papers to claim Filipino citizenship, said other BAP members are likely to withdraw their participation in the SBP if Estrada will not be named president.

The BAP had threatened to withdraw from the SBP last month after its former president, Joey Lina, resigned from the group after his failure to get himself named as SBP president.

Lim added the SBP should call for an election during the convention, something which SBP officials say will only happen after they have reviewed the BAP membership. The BAP has 66 members, composed mostly of individuals, corporate teams and small leagues, while Pilipinas Basketball only has 21.

“Dapat siya (Estrada) pa rin ang mag-lead,” Lim yesterday said in a text message to the Tribune. “He should be the chairman and president, or else, mag-hold na lang sila ng election sa national congress as what was stated in the joint communiqué.”

Communications mogul Manny Pangilinan is currently serving the SBP as president.

Lim also contested earlier of Estrada’s alleged acceptance of the SBP chairmanship, saying he is aware of plans to gain control of the newly-formed cage body.

“Basta maguusap-usap muna kami kung totoo nga talaga. Baka mamaya pumayag nga siya na maging SBP chairman pero ang gusto naman namin (BAP) ay ang maging presidente siya,“ Lim said.


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Eala reacting on Jinggoy's statement...Believes that the BAP purposely making things difficult to force Pangilinan to withdraw and eventually the fall of SBP


Eala urges BAP to honor Tokyo accord
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 11/08/2006



Stick to the agreement that was sealed in Tokyo.

Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala issued this reminder yesterday amid fears that the unity efforts within the basketball community might all end up in smoke.

Eala was reacting to Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s denial that a compromise had already been reached by the key players of the newly formed Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas.

Estrada, the newly installed president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, said he never agreed to serve as SBP chairman and that sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan will be the president.

An SBP insider said the compromise was sealed before the senator left for the US last month. The STAR came out with a story on the said "compromise" last Saturday.

But Estrada denied the story two days after it came out, saying there was no agreement reached regarding the issue of leadership in the SBP which was formed to take the place of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball.

At the same time, Estrada stressed that he wants to have control of the operations of the cage body, which he said the chairman does not have. He said the chairman is a mere ceremonial figure.

"MVP (Pangilinan) is getting fed up and he wants to put things back into perspective. But apparently their (BAP) strategy is to make things very difficult and MVP will give up," said Eala.

"That’s why I am urging the BAP and the good senator to remain consistent with the Tokyo agreement wherein the main agenda is unity," he added of the Tokyo meeting among BAP and PB officials.

But Estrada was not yet with the BAP when the Tokyo meeting was held. Joey Lina was then BAP president, but he had to resign shortly after, and Estrada took his place.

"In Tokyo we all agreed on the formation of a new organization and that the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball would have to fold up. Everybody should respect that and not issue statements like these," Eala added.

The PBA commissioner questioned Estrada’s statement that he should be the one to call the shots. The senator was also quoted as saying: "They need the BAP. We don’t need them."

"Old BAP officials are trying to influence the good senator. We should stick to the Tokyo agreement that a third and neutral party will head the association," Eala said, referring to MVP as the neutral party.

"We all agreed (in Tokyo) that there will be a new organization. And we all agreed that MVP is a neutral party. We should be happy that he’s the one taking the cudgels," Eala said.


He admitted that the impasse on the unity talks aimed at the lifting of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) suspension on the Philippines was their worst fear during the Tokyo meeting last August.

"This was our worst fear in Tokyo – that there will be a lot of delays on the proceedings and the unity efforts. This is what’s happening now," Eala said.


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Question of the day - Why is Estrada drawing the line between the BAP and "others?" Isn’t it a fact that with the SBP’s emergence, the BAP and PB are to be considered things of the past? - And this is to consider Estrada is not originally part of the 3-man panel as sanctioned by the BAP :banghead:

(Guys, examine carefully the questions raised by Mr. Henson, he really has a point to question the presence of Estrada)

Conflict in ‘Unity Congress’
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 11/08/2006


The much-awaited Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) "unity congress" is scheduled this Saturday but the outlook is bleak that the proceedings will be smooth and peaceful.

Instead of promoting unity, the congress — if it even comes off the wraps — might just intensify the war between the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the reform-oriented groups that make up Pilipinas Basketball (PB) which happens to be blessed by conditional recognition from the Philippine Olympic Committee as a National Sports Association (NSA).

Since agreeing to a monumental joint communiqué in Tokyo during the recent FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball) World Championships, the BAP and PB appear to be drifting apart.

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann is probably now convinced more than ever before that there will be no end to the Philippine squabble unless certain elements opposed to the unification process are eliminated from the equation.

In Tokyo, the Filipino delegates promised FIBA to put the country’s cage house in order by Sept. 30. That deadline, by the way, was self-imposed and FIBA had nothing to do with it. Under the terms of the joint communiqué, the unity congress will have been held by then.

As it turned out, no congress was convened on or before Sept. 30. The deadline was pushed to Oct. 10, later to Oct. 21 and now, Nov. 11.

The cracks in the wall began to appear when Joey Lina, one of the members of the three-man panel tasked to set the stage for the unification, resigned as BAP president before the second deadline of Oct. 10. Lina said he also quit from the three-man panel but that was never verified particularly as the other members, Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan and PB president Bernie Atienza, said nothing written was ever submitted to effect the resignation.

Lina’s withdrawal as BAP president cleared the way for Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to assume the vacant position.

Apparently, certain BAP officials — fearful of losing their positions of influence with the SBP’s emergence — convinced Estrada to take over and keep them in circulation.

The other day, Estrada was quoted as saying he will insist on becoming SBP president because as far as the BAP is concerned, "they need us more than we need them." He also denied reports of a compromise where he will sit as SBP chairman and Pangilinan as SBP president.

The speculation is Estrada was again persuaded by conspiring BAP officials to reject the chairmanship because it’s supposed to be a ministerial position. Estrada hinted that as SBP president, he wants to call the shots.

But before the debate lingers, there are critical questions that beg to be answered.

How can Estrada be even considered for the SBP chairmanship or presidency when he is not a member of the interim 25-man Board of Trustees? BAP secretary-general Graham Lim reportedly said he is resigning his place in the Board to give way to Estrada but can he do that arbitrarily?

Is Estrada now considered a member of the three-man panel?

Shouldn’t FIBA be apprised of Estrada’s midstream appearance since after all, it had agreed with specific individuals — excluding the Senator — to the terms of the joint communiqué preparatory to the lifting of the country’s suspension upon compliance?

Why is Estrada drawing the line between the BAP and "others?" Isn’t it a fact that with the SBP’s emergence, the BAP and PB are to be considered things of the past?

If Estrada insists on lording it over the SBP as president, will it drive away non-political patriots — whose selfless interest is only love for the game — from involving themselves in the emerging organization? Is that the BAP’s ultimate intention?

Shouldn’t Estrada and the BAP adhere to the terms of the joint communiqué? Shouldn’t a neutral or independent third party head the SBP and not anyone from the BAP or PB?


Shouldn’t reform be on everyone’s agenda, not dividing the spoils?

Will the "unity congress" take place this Saturday or will it be postponed again? And if it does push through, will there be unity in the congress? Or will there be conflict?


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Oh No! Puyat resurfaced- The author that made RP Basketball looked bad in international caging is back!


Good ol’ Lito resurfaces, defends BAP
By: Ed Andaya
Peoples Journal 11/08/2006


ADD two-time FIBA (International Basketball Association) president Lito Puyat to the long list of sports personalities batting for the reinstatement of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

A day after his election as Chairman Emeritus of the BAP, Puyat finally broke his silence and lashed out at several individuals with vested interests aimed at destroying the 70-year- old basketball association.

“I spent more than half of my life with basketball and I will not allow these individuals with vested interests to destroy a 70-year -old institution (NBAP),” said Puyat during the special BAP board meeting presided over by newly-elected BAP president Sen. Jinggoy Estrada at the Harbor City Seafood Restaurant in Greenhills the other night.

Added Puyat: “I will not let more than 30 years of my work to make basketball as the country’s most popular sport go down the drain.”


The 73-year -old Puyat, who became the first Filipino to head an international sports association when he was elected head of the FIBA, said heads of the national sports associations (NSAs) committed a “grave mistake when they expelled the BAP from the POC.”

An inductee to the International Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, Puyat said the POC should have called for a reorganization of BAP officials instead of booting it out from the Olympic body and recognizing a new cage body in its place.

Puyat admitted the FIBA has obviously realized this clear mistake by the POC and thus continue to recognize the BAP.

Estrada said Puyat’s return to the BAP fold after several years of absence augurs well for the return to normalcy of the sport.

“Puyat’s experience, knowledge and tremendous love for the sport of basketball will serve as the BAP’s guiding light as it continues to pursue its vigorous developmental program and its desire to make the Philippines the cage power in Asia once again,” said Estrada.


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Recah Caught Up with Sonny Jaworski

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So where must Philippine basketball go?
By Recah Trinidad
Inquirer 11/08/2006


LIVING LEGEND Bobby Jaworski is not only worried, he’s terribly appalled at the sorry state of Philippine basketball.

The situation has slipped from tragic to hopeless.

More than the deterioration of the game here, it’s the dominance of the messy basketball leadership by selfish, misdirected figures which often sends the Big J to tears.

“In the first place, why are these people there? How in the world could they claim they sincerely care for basketball?” Jaworski asked, his brows furrowed.

Jaworski, trim, erect and dignified in a brown suit, was at the US Embassy consular section to follow up travel papers yesterday morning.

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No need to ask what he wanted to do.

If Jaworski could have his way, he would surely kick all these pseudo-leaders out and work out a sweeping reform program.

No need to ask.

Philippine basketball has gone to the dogs.

Of course, the situation would not look this bad going by how things have shaped out in the pro backyard.


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Cojuangco: BAP can re-apply
By Edwin Rollon
The Manila Standard - 11/09/2006


PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco yesterday said the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines can re-apply for membership to the POC.

But at the same time, Cojuangco said it does not necessarily follow that the POC will recognize the BAP once it decides to re-apply.

“Any sports organization or association, regardless of its name, can apply or re-apply for membership. There’s nothing in the POC charter that prevents them from doing so. Karapatan nila ‘yan at wala kaming kakayahan na pigilan sila,” said Cojuangco. “Pero, kailangan ay dumaan pa rin sila [BAP] sa proseso at maipakita nila na may bago silang programa, charter, by-laws and constitution na kailangan sa isang organisasyon na nagnanais na maging miyembro ng POC.”

Cojuangco explained that the issue on the reinstatement of the BAP is actually “non-existent” because as far as the POC is concerned, the old BAP is already disbanded following the signing of the communiqué in Tokyo between representatives of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball Inc. under the supervision of Fiba secretary-general Patrick Baumann, leading to the formation of the unified Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

The POC chief said with the absence of a formal communication from the SBP officials and official information coming from newly elected BAP president Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the POC has no choice but to maintain its recognition of Pilipinas Basketball.

The BAP continues to enjoy recognition of the Fiba, the highest-governing body for basketball.

“Actually, magulo pa rin sa ngayon ang sitwasyon diyan sa SBP kaya hangga’t maaari, ayaw na naming makialam. Siguro kung magkakaayos na ang mga taong involved diyan saka na kami uli magsasalita,” said Cojuangco.

The country remains suspended by the Fiba from participating in all Fiba-sanctioned meets.

In an effort to put up a united front, the BAP recently installed former BAP president and two-time Fiba president Lito Puyat as the group’s chairman emeritus, following Estrada’s election as president.

Despite these developments, Cojuangco maintained his position that the BAP can not be reinstated as member of the POC.

“Nakakahiya kami [POC]. More than 30 sports associations voted for BAP’s expulsion tapos ibabalik namin sila. Hindi yata magandang halimbawa,” said Cojuangco. Edwin Rollon
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Pressure at work and the never-ending impasse on RP Basketball, MVP hinted giving up his post. :(
(Mukang masaya na si Graham Lim, nag work out ata ang plano nila :banghead: )

Basketball impasse weighs on MVP
By TITO TALAO
The Manila Bulletin - 11-10-06


Telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan is leaving for Hong Kong today to attend to pressing business concerns and to give an urgent matter some really careful thought.

And when he returns next week, the man many consider as the brightest hope to light up the darkened halls of Philippine basketball will announce whether he will continue to be part of the fledgling Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas or not.

The message emanating from the 10th floor office located in one of two Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. towers on Makati Avenue cannot be clearer and more alarming than that.

Clearer because the team owner of the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals in the Philippine Basketball Association and the corporate brains behind PLDT and Smart never talks in riddles.

And alarming because his pulling out of SBP, if it happens, could trigger a cataclysmic reaction that could wipe out whatever gains the three-man SBP panel, initially comprised of Pangilinan, Bernie Atienza of Pilipinas Basketball, and Joey Lina, then president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, had achieved.

Lina has since resigned in lieu of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, while Atienza reportedly has stepped down as St. Benilde representative to the NCAA management committee, shaking up a bit his tenure as PB president.

"We were three before, now I’m alone," Pangilinan said. "Para kang namatayan or something."


Pangilinan bared he has been consulting with associates on how best to deal with the evershifting climate in Philippine basketball, buffeted from all sides by winds of politics and personal interests.

Pressure from work has also added to the heavy weight on his mind and shoulders, said the man known as MVP in the corporate world.

"Kung di puwede, di puwede," he said. "Pinag-iisipan ko ng malalim if I can still do it. My professional obligations are weighing on me. Ang daming trabaho, mga transaksiyones, not only here but all over the region. Wala pang finality. If can’t do it, then somebody will have to take my place."

The entry of Estrada, son of the former president, has nothing to do with his having "second thoughts" on the SBP leadership.

"I can work with anyone if it will be for the good of basketball," said Pangilinan, major patron of the NCAA champion San Beda Red Lions and the UAAP finalist Ateneo Blue Eagles.


No direct talks have yet taken place between Pangilinan and Estrada, named to replace Lina during a BAP congress last month, but their representative had been exchanging notes.

"We’re using certain back channels," Pangilinan confirmed.

Upon his return from a board meeting with First Pacific in Hong Kong, an announcement could be forthcoming, he indicated.

"This matter is begging for a solution and a conclusion. In due time, I have to make up my mind. Hopefully by next week mas magiging malinaw na from my end," he said.


Considered a business genius, Pangilinan said the possibility of failing in his first foray in the sporting landscape hasn’t daunted him.

"Yes, pulling out would signal failure," he said. "But I’m not afraid of failing. There had been failures in my corporate life. Only those who don’t take risk know not its meaning. There’s no such thing as a 100 percent batting average."

Through all the recent developments, however, including news reports that the BAP had been reorganizing and appointing people to top level positions, Pangilinan said he hasn’t given up hope on SBP.

"Deep in my heart, alam ko may pag-asa pa. Mahal ko ang basketball at di madaling talikuran ang isang bagay na mahal mo."

Pausing, Manny V. Pangilinan laughed and then added: "Especially when I have R1 million stuck with SBP."


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POC sees setback if MVP leaves
By WAYLON GALVEZ and KRIS SATUMBAGA

The Manila Bulletin 11-11-06


PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr., yesterday said the unification process for basketball would suffer a setback if Manny V. Pangilinan decides to leave Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).


"If there is someone who can convince him not to leave, baka pwede s’ya mapakiusapan," said Cojuangco yesterday. "Kasi sayang naman ang naumpisahan n’ya sa SBP."

Pangilinan, who is being groomed to head a united basketball organization, said the other day that because of the deadlock in the unification process, he will make a decision after arriving from Hong Kong whether he would continue being a major player in the ongoing process.

The Basketball Association of the Philippines has become the major stumbling block in uniting the sport after its new leader, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, sent notice he would like to be president of the SBP, a position which many had wanted Pangilinan to take.

Estrada’s unexpected move caught the SBP by surprise and threw a monkey wrench on the unification process which had been proceeding smoothly after a meeting with FIBA officials last August.

FIBA officials had succeeded in making the major basketball stockholders sign an agreement to push through with forming a unified organization under a leader acceptable to both the BAP and the Pilipinas Basketball.

But BAP officials led by Joey Lina and now by Estrada, apparently want to keep SBP under their control despite near unanimous resistance from every sector.

"These people don’t love basketball, they love power," said a sports official who asked that his name be withheld because he is part of the process.

Estrada has joined the chorus that the BAP should remain alive and said yesterday that he would seek every available opportunity to have the BAP return to the fold of the Olympic family.

He said he will re-apply for POC membership and will seek the help of other national sports associations.

"I’m here to defend the rights of the BAP," he said.

Cojuangco, said he could not understand why the BAP has to insist on being leader of the SBP when practically everyone wanted a non-partisan person like Pangilinan to be the leader.

"They (BAP officials) should give way and let the unity process proceed through the SBP. Pero mukhang ayaw nila kasi hindi nila makuha ang gusto nila, palagi silang ganyan. Ilang beses na silang tumatalikod sa usapan," said Cojuangco.

"Now if Mr. Pangilinan will leave the SBP, this unity process, lalo na magkakagulo," Cojuangco said.


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'We should be there'
By Ronnie Nathanielsz,
Manila Standard Today December 7, 2006



Philippine national basketball coach Chot Reyes said he is staying away from watching the television coverage of the basketball competition in the ongoing Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, or even reading stories in the newspapers.

"In my mind, we should be there," Reyes said, feeling bad that he had gone to Doha twice in preparation for the Asiad, but all to no avail.

The national coach, who was elated when his team beat powerhouse Lebanon in two games prior to the World Basketball Championships in Japan, where the Lebanese did well earlier this year, said the worst part is that nothing is apparently being done and the Philippines is running out of time for the Fiba Asia qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The Fiba Asia Championships are scheduled to be held next September.

Reyes said the Philippines has a good chance of even going for a gold medal, since China didn't have its dominating center Yao Ming, who is playing for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association.


China won its opening game, defeating Kazakhstan, 89-77, behind the recalled center Wang ZhiZhi, who topscored with 22 points, aside from pulling down five rebounds.

Lebanon defeated Uzbekistan, 106-70, behind their leading scorer Fadi El Khatib, who finished with 34 points while center Joseph Vogel had 14 points and 10 boards. It was Khatib, who praised the Philippine team after its two-game stint in Manila and said the country should definitely be playing internationally and expressed the hope that the conflicts would be resolved and the Fiba ban lifted.

In other results, 2002 gold medal winner South Korea beat Bahrain, 106-80, after leading, 54-41, at half time, while Jordan edged Iran, 62-59, following a 32-23 half-time lead.

Host nation Qatar routed Syria, 99-59, after being ahead, 48-33, at the break while Japan won over Chinese Taipei, 85-75.
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Menk, Dela Cruz. Miller and Seigle all felt bad that RP missed a possible gold medal in the ongoing Doha Asian games...

RP strong title contender if not for politics — Reyes
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 12/08/2006


National basketball coach Chot Reyes said yesterday the Philippines would be a strong bet for a medal at the Doha Asian Games if only politics didn’t interfere in disqualifying the team from participating in the 20-nation tournament.

Because of an internal leadership squabble, the Philippines was suspended by the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) last year with no end in sight as to when the ban will be lifted.

Steps were taken by the country’s basketball stakeholders to resolve the crisis with the creation of the unified Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas last August but it appears the effort has gone for naught as the Basketball Association of the Philippines, expelled by the Philippine Olympic Committee as a National Sports Association, is now lobbying for reinstatement.

It is the first Asian Games where the Philippines will not play basketball since 1950. The national team struck gold in 1950, 1954, 1958 and 1962, bagged a silver in 1990 and took bronze medals in 1986 and 1998.

"Personally, I’m very disappointed," said Reyes. "I took two trips to Qatar to scout the opposition, see the place and get acclimatized. The flight is nine hours long so it’s not as if it was a joy ride. I feel very sad, especially for the players who were looking forward to winning a medal for our country. I feel so bad that I‚m not even checking on what’s going on in Doha."

Reyes said based on recent tournaments, his choices for the top four in Doha are China, Lebanon, Chinese-Taipei and Qatar in that order.

But with Yao Ming out of the Chinese lineup, Reyes said the tournament is wide open.

"This would’ve been a good opportunity for the Philippines to medal," said Reyes. "Playing in the Asian Games would’ve been the climax of our preparation that started with the Jones Cup last July and ended in winning the Sultan’s Cup in Brunei. It’s tough not being able to play. Willie Miller, Tony de la Cruz, Eric Menk and Danny Seigle are all talking about it. They all feel we missed the chance to get a medal."
The surprise of the Doha tournament is Japan with early wins over Chinese-Taipei, 85-75, Lebanon, 78-67, and Uzbekistan, 75-56. Japan hosted the World Championships last September and finished in a four-way tie for 17th. Croatian coach Zeljko Pavlicevic was replaced by former national cager Kimikazu Suzuki who brought in five new players, including naturalized citizen Eric McArthur and veteran Kenichi Sako. But Japan’s star remains sharpshooter Takehiko Orimo.

"It looks like Japan is getting ready for the FIBA Asia Championships next July in Saitama," said Reyes. "McArthur, Sako and Orimo are in their 30s so it seems the vision is not long-term. Japan is out to win right now."

Another surprise is Jordan with wins over Iran, 62-59, and Syria, 70-64. In the Sultan’s Cup, the Philippines crushed Jordan, 107-67, and Ginebra San Miguel also whipped Jordan, 82-70.

China is off to a hot start, bowling over Kazakhstan, 89-77, Uzbekistan, 91-68, and Chinese-Taipei, 101-65. Coach Jonas Kazlauskas, a Lithuanian, is leaning on a nucleus built around 7-1 Yi Jianlian, 7-1 Wang Zhizhi and 7-0 Tang Zhengdong. He has reactivated veterans Li Nan and Zhang Jinsong to team up with skipper Liu Wei, 6-9 guard Sun Yue and 6-9 forward Mo Ke. Seven players from China’s roster in the last World Championships were retained.

Reyes said Kazakhstan isn’t a threat even if the former Soviet state beat the Philippines for the bronze medal in Busan four years ago.

"We lost to Kazakhstan twice (by five and 12) in the Jones Cup this year but we didn’t play our strongest team," said Reyes. "Last year, we sent our strongest team to the Jones Cup and we beat Kazakhstan."

In Doha, Kazakhstan has compiled a 1-2 record so far, upsetting Lebanon, 80-75, after losses to China by 12 and Chinese-Taipei by two. The team is led by 6-10, 18-year-old center Anton Ponomarev, 6-4 Andrei Shpekht, 6-6 Dmitriy Korovnikov and 6-7 Yevgeny Issakov.

The basketball competitions began last Nov. 23 with 12 teams vying for four slots in the tournament proper. Advancing from the qualifications were Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Syria and Bahrain.

Two groups of six are now playing in the single-round eliminations. The first group is made up of Qatar, Jordan, Korea, Iran, Syria and Bahrain. The second group is composed of China, Japan, Lebanon, Chinese-Taipei, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The top four in each group move on to play in the knockout quarterfinals. The survivors then play in the semifinals with the winners disputing the gold medal.

Korea stunned China, 102-100, in overtime to win the basketball gold in Busan in 2002 despite Yao Ming’s 23 points and 22 rebounds. A last-second triple by Korea’s Lee Sang Min prevented the Philippines from playing in the finals for a sure silver. The Philippines wound up by losing to Kazakhstan by two in the playoff for the bronze.


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Eala dearly wants to end the impasse

PBA seeks deadline to settle crisis
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 12/11/2006


Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala said yesterday the pro league can’t wait forever for a resolution of the leadership impasse among the country’s major stakeholders and wants to set a deadline of up to the end of the year to settle the dispute.

The crisis appeared to be close to ending when representatives of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Pilipinas Basketball (PB) signed a joint communiqué creating a three-man panel to coordinate the take-off of the unified Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) in Tokyo last August. The communiqué was endorsed by FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball), the world governing body that suspended the Philippines because of the turf squabble last year.

The three-man panel made up of Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan, BAP president Joey Lina and PB president Bernie Atienza agreed on a deadline of Sept. 30 to finish the job. FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann assured the suspension would be lifted as soon as the SBP gets off the ground.

But when Lina quit as BAP president, the work stalled. Atienza then lost his authority to represent the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) in PB and his mandate to remain in the three-man panel with his resignation as St. Benilde athletic director.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada succeeded Lina as BAP president and immediately called for the BAP’s reinstatement as a National Sports Association by the Philippine Olympic Committee in an apparent violation of the terms of the joint communiqué.

"FIBA should see that the BAP is the stumbling block to the unification process and do something about it," said Eala. "The only thing keeping the BAP alive is FIBA recognition. With the BAP backtracking, it means Joey didn’t speak with authority in Tokyo. FIBA was a witness to the agreement. Even BAP chairman Michel Lhuillier and BAP secretary-general Graham Lim were present. How can they now refuse to honor the agreement?"

Eala said once FIBA lifts the country’s suspension, the PBA will be expected to assume responsibility of forming the national team to play in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) championships in Kuala Lumpur in May and the FIBA Asia qualifiers for the Beijing Olympics on July 19-29 in Saitama, Japan.

Eala said the Philippine Cup conference will end July 23 at the latest. If the suspension is lifted to clear the way for the Philippines to play in the SEABA and FIBA-Asia championships, Eala said the PBA will make adjustments in its schedule, assuming Board of Governors approval.

"The PBA policy stipulates the least disruption to the league when we form the national team," said Eala. "That’s why it’s important to set a deadline so we can work on options early. We need at least a month for the national team to practice and (national coach) Chot (Reyes) will surely pick players from the teams in the conference finals. We will reschedule games, reserve venues and schedule national team practices. Before doing all that, we must know if our suspension will finally be lifted and we should know by the end of the year."

Eala said there are three options to adjust the PBA schedule.

"First is to play nine games a week to finish the conference early," explained Eala. "Second is to shorten the format and third is to retain the format but add more playing days, like Tuesdays and Saturdays to catch up. Of course, the Board must approve whatever option is chosen."

Eala said if no solution is in sight by the end of this month, then it’s a closed book for the PBA.


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2006 Doha Asian Games – Basketball Competition Review


The Philippines for the first time since the inaugural of the Asian games in 1951 is not participating in the basketball event, thanks for the people behind the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) that with their selfish and greedy motives, the Filipinos’ number one sport has been put in bitter quandary. The Filipinos were gold medallist in the said event in the years’1951 (inaugural), 1954, 1958 and 1962.

The basketball competition in this year’s Asian games is participated by 12 countries. The participating 12 countries were equally formed in two groups called group E and group F. The groupings are as follows:

Group E – Iran, Jordan. Korea, Bahrain, Qatar, Syria.
Group F – China, Japan, Lebanon, Chinese-Taipei, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan

Note:
Country groupings in the basketball event are usually being formed by way of a draw. But it seemed obvious that Group F, which is comprised by 5 powerhouse teams China, Lebanon, Chinese-Taipei, Kazakhstan and Japan, is a lot stronger than those teams forming Group E where Qatar is listed.

The event’s tournament format requires four phases as summarized below.

Preliminary round - teams compete within their group in a one round affair. The top four in each group will advance in the quarterfinal round.

Quarterfinal round – knockout phase where teams would meet in a crossover pairings.

To illustrate:

Group F’s #1 vs. Group E’s #4
Group F’s #2 vs. Group E’s #3
Group F’s #3 vs. Group E’s #2
Group F’s #4 vs. Group E’2 #1

Semi-final round – another knockout matches where teams would meet in a crossover pairings.

To Illustrate:

(Winner of Group F’s #1 vs Group E’s #4) vs (Winner of Group E’s #3 vs Group F’s #2)
(Winner of Group E’s #1 vs Group F’s #4) vs (Winner of Group F’s #3 vs Group E’s #2)

Final Round – the 2 winners from the two pairings in the semi-final round will face-off in a one-game knockout match for the Gold!

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--------------------Syria vs Qatar (Qatar won 99-59)


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