Long-time basketball player agent Matthew Manotoc has urged the PBA to reconsider its stand regarding Kiefer Ravena’s intent to play in the Japan B.League.
A FIBA official is open to re-examining and changing the basketball governing body’s rules on eligibility, which shall likely benefit Gilas Pilipinas for future competitions.
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.
Filipino international prospect Kai Sotto may be part of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as well as future, Gilas Pilipinas roster according to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
“It will be very difficult for us to get the slot in Belgrade. I will be the first to delight if we make it and I continue to hope for a triumphant campaign,” – Ramon Fernandez
Following the Philippines’ inclusion to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, San Miguel’s Chris Ross offered a suggestion for its preparation.
Gilas Pilipinas was chosen based on its FIBA ranking as the next best Asia-Oceania nation after New Zealand.
A dozen countries were in attendance in the 1954 edition – seven from the Americas, three from Europe and two from Asia, the Philippines and Formosa (Taiwan/now known as Chinese-Taipei).