The creation of a professional league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), in April 1975 altered the landscape of the country’s basketball history locally and internationally.
In local sports, the date April 9 also is special to hoops fans. A momentous occasion moment it was forty-six years ago on that day for it marked the birth of professional basketball in the Philippines.
There are various Basketball Hall of Fame sites here and abroad but not many know that there exists one for international basketball.
Nobody has asked me, but my vote for the GOAT player in the 46-year history of the PBA goes to Ramon Fernandez with his multi-dimensional skills and elegant artistry.
The triple-double was coined by former Los Angeles Lakers public relations director Bruce Jolesch during the 1980s in order to showcase the multi-faceted skills of then-Lakers playmaker Earvin (Magic) Johnson.
In this piece, we pay homage to the Philippine team that bagged the gold medal in the 1967 ABC tournament in Seoul Korea.
The son of a Polish father and a Filipino mother, Robert “Sonny” Jaworski was already making waves not only in the local cage scene but also on the international stage.
Who would have thought that something hanky-panky was going on in local ball when most of us Filipinos were quite apprehensive and living in fear because men in uniform were roaming everywhere in the streets?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the oldest player to earn NBA Finals MVP honors when he accomplished the feat with the champion Los Angeles Lakers in 1985 at age 38.
Valentine’s Day will be remembered for the day Michael Jordan’s famed No. 23 jersey with the Chicago Bulls was lost in the locker room just before the team was to play the Orlando Magic. It turned out to a double whammy for His Airness as the Magic also recorded a 135-129 overtime victory.