PBA players rocks their chosen kicks in All Star Game

We usually look out for the gowns and men outfits during the Oscars, SONA and etc worn by different artists and icons. But like the NBA we also watch out for the kicks that our PBA players will rock during the All Star Game.

Japeth Aguilar of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel arrived at the Araneta Coliseum before the game rocking an Air Jordan 4 White Cement but eventually uses his AJ 6 during the game.

RR Garcia of the Star Hotshots also played on his Kobe XI USA that he usually wear during the regular games.

Paul Lee of  Rain or Shine Elasto Painters sports his Kobe XI “Redhorse” during the game.

Chris Ross stuns everyone as he rocks a custom made Air Jordan 6 during the All Star game with White and Gold colorway.

Rey Guevarra, gets Grandslam throphy in Slamdunk Competition

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The All Star Weekend kicked off with a blast as the PBA fans witnessed another historical achievement as Rey Guevarra gets his 3rd Slamdunk Championship Trophy.

Competing against the PBA’s top high flyers, Rey Guevarra almost lost the chance to defend the title in a close fight against his teammate Chris Newsome. Before the final showdown, Franklin Bonifacio of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and James Forrester of NLEX Road Warriors got eliminated in the first round getting 80 points for Bonifacio and 74 for Forrester.

Newsome scored 96 points in the final round, his first attempt was a rare dunk where he juggled 3 balls and chose one on air for a self alley-hoop dunk which gave him 46 points while his second one was a backboard pass from Scottie Thompson which he finished with a 360 slam that earned him 50points. While Guevarra scored 50 points on his first dunk and needed atleast 47 points on his second dunk to eliminate Newsome which he got by jumping over his two bigmen teammates, Almazan and Jericho Cruz.

Asi Taulava is set to rewrite his record as the oldest All-Star starter

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“The Rock” Asi Taulava is set to rewrite his record as the oldest All-Star starter after he was named to start for the South team in the PBA All-Star Game which set on August 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. He will be replacing Greg Slaughter who top the fan balloting after the Ginebra slotman became unavailable due on ankle injury.

After being slapped for a one-game suspension, the 43-year-old former MVP is set to for his 14th All-Star appearance. He will be joining James Yap, Scottie Thompson, June Mar Fajardo, and Joe Devance in the starting five for the South team that will be coach by Leo Austria.
The North team starters will be Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra, Marc Pingris of Star, Calvin Abueva of Alaska, and Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort. The North team will be coach by Yeng Guiao.
The second units for the South team are Chris Ross of San Miguel, RR Garcia and Mark Barroca of Star, JR Quinahan, Jeff Chan and Jericho Cruz of Rain or Shine, and Carlo Lastimosa of Blackwater.
North team’s reserves are Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo and Troy Rosario of TnT Katropa, Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel, Gabe Norwood and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine, and Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort.

2016 PBA All-Star Wekeend back at Big Dome

Japeth Aguilar will be one of the starters for the North on the coming 2016 PBA All-Star Game

For the first time in seven years, the PBA is staging again the annual PBA All-Star Weekend that will be held at Smart Araneta Coliseum on August 4-7, 2016. The 2016 PBA All-Star Extravaganza will be highlighted by the North versus South All-Star Game on August 7.
The late-season festivities will be kicking off by PBA Skills Challenge (Obstacle, 3 Point Shootout & Slamdunk) to be followed by the game of Great vs Stalwarts on August 5. The fans will also have a chance to meet and greet their favorite PBA players on the scheduled activities.
Schedule of Activities:
August 4, 2016
4:00 PM |  Meet & Greet: Gateway Cineplex Lobby
5:00 PM |  Meet & Greet: Farmers Plaza
August 5, 2016
10:00 AM -12:00 NN |  Meet & Greet: Ali Mall
4:00 PM |  PBA SKILLS CHALLENGE (Obstacle, 3 Point Shootout & Slamdunk) – Smart Araneta Coliseum
7:00 PM |  Blitz Game (Greats vs. Stalwarts) – Smart Araneta Coliseum
August 6, 2016
4:00 PM onwards |  Basketball Fair: Food Park (Red Gate Smart Araneta Coliseum) w/ Meet & Greet + Outdoor Party!
August 7, 2016
5:00 PM |  PBA ALL STAR GAME (Shooting Stars, Women’s 5on5 & North vs. South All Star Game) – Smart Araneta Coliseum


The Rookie All Star, Earl Scottie Thompson

Everyone’s excited about the upcoming PBA All Star Weekend, the most thrilling thing about it is it will be held in Manila on August at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA stars like, James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Junmar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter will be playing in front of the manila crowd in this annual event.

What’s unusual? A rookie from the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squad was voted to be part of this all star exhibition game between the North and the South All stars along side the biggest names in the PBA. Scottie thompson is that guy and with the performance he has been showcasing for the gin kings’ games, the ginebra fans are convinced that this guydeserves a spot in this years All Star Game. The player himself could not believe he’ll be part of it as he knew he’s just a new guy in the league and he has less expecations of it.
But never the less, this event will surely start to ignite those fan base and will help out the PBA to have more followers who will consistently support the professional league. This said event is scheduled to commence on August 5 and 7.


Top rookie pick JV Casio and Petron star big man Arwind Santos show the way in the voting for starters in this year’s Rookies/Sophomores/Juniors vs Veterans game of the 2012 PBA All-Star Weekend in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

Casio, the hot-shooting playmaker of Powerade, had the most number of votes so far among the RSJ players with 30,544 to pace four other guards, which also include No. 2 overall pick Paul Lee of Rain or Shine (29,763) and B-Meg’s Mark Barroca (20,067).

Santos, on the other hand, received 28,821 votes from the fans to pace the Veterans’ big men, way ahead of B-Meg’s Marc Pingris (22,771) and Kerby Raymundo of Ginebra (17,621).

Fans still have one week to vote to determine the three frontliners and two guards that will start for both teams in the mid-season classic scheduled on May 13, the final day of the All-Star festivities.

Last day of voting is on March 28.

Powerade coach Bo Perasol will call the shots for RSJ, while Chot Reyes handles the Veterans. The two coaches earned the right to handle the two squads for steering the Tigers and Tropang Texters to the Finals of the Philippine Cup.

Petron’s Chris Lutz, the No. 3 pick behind Casio and Lee, leads the RSJ center/forwards in voting with 29,018, followed by Marcio Lassiter of Powerade (27,347), Japeth Aguilar of Talk `N Text (23,418), and Ginebra’s Dylan Ababou (23,021).

All four, incidentally, are former teammates with the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas team.

Meanwhile, consistent fan favorite James Yap of B-Meg and Mark Caguioa of Ginebra are on top among veteran guards. Yap accumulated 23,430 votes, while Caguioa is next with 18, 635.

Running third behind them is Powerade gunner Gary David (14,293).

Others getting the fans nod are Alaska forward Mac Baracael (14,752) and guards Rob Labagala (9,479) and John Wilson (9,002).

For the Veterans, in contention for a starting job are forwards JC Intal of Ginebra (17, 614) and Petron’s Dondon Hontiveros (15,753), along with playmakers Jayjay Helterbrand of Ginebra (13,287), and reigning league MVP Jimmy Alapag of Talk `N Text (12,728).

All PBA head coaches will select the seven other players that will complete the RSJ and Veterans teams.


source: www.pba.ph

From MVP to another MVP, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose Alley-oop

by: Pow Salud|Home

The basketball exhibition games in the Philippines had a lot of exciting basketball plays. 
Here is one to remember, a rare alley-oop pass from Kobe Bryant to Derrick Rose.  The local Basketball players lost but you can see the smile on their face even  if they get dunked on.Watch the Video of Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose Alley-oop

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Derrick Rose joins other NBA players in the Philippines

by: Pow Salud|Home

Derrick Rose completes the line up of NBA players that will play exhibition games in the Philippines against the PBA ( Philippine Basketball Association ) selections and the Philippine National Basketball team( Smart Gilas) in a two day event this coming weekend in what is dubbed as the Ultimate All-Star weekend.  
This coming July 23 and 24 the Araneta coliseum will be packed with basketball fans of all ages as they will all be witness a very rare event in Philippine basketball history. Never in the history of our basketball we had such big time NBA all star cast to play in one team against local players. The NBA players who nodded to play this weekend are the likes of Kobe Bryant, who will coach the squad, Chris Paul, Derek  Fisher, Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, James Harden of the Oklahoma Thunder, DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves.    
The Ultimate all star weekend are made possible by Smart, PLDT, Meralco, Maynilad, TV5, Metro Pacific Tollways and Investment Corp. and Philex Mining and of course this event will not happen with out the NBA lock out. 
The NBA selection will play the PBA selection on July 23 which includes James Yap, Marc Pingris of BMeg, Mark Caguioa and JC Intal of Ginebra, Arwin Santos and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Petron Blaze, Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro and Larry Fonacier of Talk N’ Text, Sonny Thoss and LA Tenorio of Alaska, Sol Mercado of Meralco, Gary David of Powerade, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Danny Seigle of Air21.
The next day the NBA selection will play against the National squad Smart Gilas  who is also preparing for the Jones Cup and The FIBA Asian championship that will be held in China. 
With out even watching it I can already predict the winner. ITS THE FANS. GO BASKETBALL!

NBA selection vs. PBA, Gilas in Manila Details

July 23 – PBA selections vs NBA selections (7:00pm)
July 24 – Smart Gilas vs NBA selections (1:00pm) + Dunk contest / 3pt shootout + a lot of activities
Venue: Araneta Coliseum

NBA Selections Line up:
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) *playing coach for NBA Selections
Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
Deandre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Derrick Williams (2011 No. 2 Draft Pick- Minnesota Timberwolves)
Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers)
plus 1 more “superstar”….. =)

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Smart Gilas lineup:
Douthit, Casio, Tiu, Barroca, Baracael, Lutz, Aguilar, Lassiter, Ababou, Ballesteros, Taulava, Hontiveros, Alapag, Williams & (Ranidel de Ocampo – 1st official try-out)

PBA selections roster:
J.Yap, Pingris, Caguioa, Intal, Santos, Al Hussaini, Cabagnot, Castro, Ryan Reyes, Fonacier, Thoss, Tenorio, Mercado, David, Norwood, Seigle (Coach: Chot Reyes)

Patron: P5,500
Lower Box: P3,800
Upper A: P1,500
Upper B: P800
GA: P350

TV Coverage: LIVE on AKTV via IBC 13 (produced by tv5)

Kelly Williams is again sultan of slam, Macapagal stays as 3-point king

source: www.PBA.ph

BORACAY – Kelly Williams reclaimed the slamdunk crown with relative ease but Mark Macapagal and Jonas Villanueva went through a wringer to retain their three-point shootout and obstacle challenge titles, respectively.



It was the 2011 PBA All-Star Friday at the Boracay Eco-Village and Convention Center saved by thrilling victories by Macapagal and Villanueva.

What was expected to be a battle royal in the slamdunk contest turned to be a ho-hum event.

It was a virtual no-contest as both Gabe Norwood and Jay Washington didn’t show up and those who did just couldn’t put up a good fight no matter how hard they tried.

A routine dunk was all Williams needed to seal the win, sending him in the company of KG Canaleta and Vergel Meneses as among the only players to rule the event more than once.

Losing finalist Rey Guevarra practically handed the crown to Williams on a silver platter as the rookie Petron Blaze forward — a champion dunker in his college days with Letran — failed to execute his final dunk.

Williams converted a two-handed jam from a pass by Jimmy Alapag all the way from the stands to highlight his tricks in the night.

That execution during the eliminations drew perfect 50 points from the panel of judges, coming on the heels of a 49 he earned from a thunderous windmill jam.

Guevarra gained the right to challenge Williams in the finals after garnering a total score of 95 points from a cradle dunk and a 360-degree slam.

Failing to make it past the eliminations were Ronald Tubid, Elmer Espiritu, JC Intal and Josh Vanlandingham.

But to the credit of all the participants, they tried to be creative in a bid to wow the crowd.

“I would have wanted KG (Canaleta) and Gabe (Norwood) to be part of it. Still, it’s sweet to win the contest,” said Williams, reclaiming the slamdunk championship he won in 2008.

“It’s a blessing to be a part if it. Two years ago, I didn’t think I can do it again,” added Williams, back in awesome form after his recovery from a blood disorder problem.

Norwood, the 2009 winner, wasn’t able to take a shot at a second crown due to an injury. Washington, meanwhile, was simply a no-show.

Macapagal and Villanueva extended their reign in their respective events but not after facing tough fight from their challengers.

Macapagal poured in 17 points, beating Ronald Tubid by one and Jimmy Alapag by two as he became the league’s fourth back-to-back winner of the three-point contest after Allan Caidic, Jasper Ocampo and Boyet Fernandez.

The Powerade wingman remained the league’s best pistolero, topping a crack field that also included Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap, Joe Devance, Macmac Cardona, Sunday Salvacion and Ronjay Buenafe.

“Ang sarap ng panalo. Of course, honor ito para sa akin,” said Macapagal.

Actually, Macapagal barely made the finals with 12 in the elimination round as against the 14s of Tubid and Alapag.

Salvacion had 11, Cardona 10, Hontiveros and Buenafe nine apiece, Devance 8 and Yap 7.

For his victory, Macapagal won an amount for his home province of Pampanga from the sponsoring Maynilad Water Services Inc.

It’s important that we take part in nation building. More than providing water, Maynilad also
wants to make sure that we are champions of the environment, protecting water resources,” said
Patrick Gregorio, Maynilad’s commercial and marketing senior vice president.

Villanueva had his moment earlier in the night, successfully defending his crown in the Coca-Cola
Obstacle Challenge.

The B-MEG Derby Ace guard submitted an all-time fastest winning time of 29.5 seconds and became the
third player to emerge as Obstacle Challenge repeat champion after Rob Johnson and Willie Miller.

“Ang hirap mag-defend ng title. Ang taas ng pressure,” said Villanueva, earning P20,000 for his

Rain or Shine’s Ronjay Buenafe finished second at 32.1 seconds and Chris Ross third at 33.5.

Out after the elimination round were Josh Urbiztondo (43), LA Tenorio (30.1), Miller (31.5), Alex Cabagnot (32.1), Sean Anthony (40.1), Jimmy Alapag (42.3). Ross topped the eliminations at 28 seconds, followed by Villanueva at 29 and Buenafe at 29.7.

Villanueva ended Miller’s three-year title reign last year, ruling the event in 31.7 seconds. Miller finished second at 34.7 and Buenafe third at 37.1.

The PBA All-Star Week is presented by Smart, Accel, Molten, Islander, Rain or Shine and Powerade and sponsored by Coca-Cola, Meralco, Alta Vista Boracay, Talk n Text, Puma and Maynilad. (SB) 

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Snubbed names for the 2011 PBA All-Star Game

By BRIAN YALUNG | http://www.mb.com.ph
MANILA, Philippines – The players representing the North and South PBA All-Star Selections have been named but it seems some popular players have been left out in the cold. Except for Powerade and Smart Gilas, all PBA teams will be represented in this year’s event.

While the players comprising both the North and South do have a bumper-crop of names to their credit, one cannot help but ponder why names like Gary David, Danny Ildefonso, Dorian Pena, Solomon Mercado and even Ronjay Buenafe weren’t able to make the cut.
This is not really to question this year’s PBA all-star selection but basing it on their performance from the past and current conference, you know that they deserve to be included in either team. San Miguel Beer coach Ato Agustin will call the shots for the North All-Stars while Talk ‘n Text coach Chot Reyes will be the man at the helm for the South All-Stars.
Gary David, obviously the main man over at the Powerade Tigers camp, is someone that deserves to be there. Mr. Energy has been a focal point of the Tiger’s team and too bad the voters didn’t see it that way. He could have been truly someone that can electrify the crowd with his no non-sense offense and energized charge.
Solomon Mercado of the Meralco Bolts is another potent PBA star that could have been voted in as well. Though groping for form ever since he was traded to the Bolts by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Mercado is still in the adjustment stages as far as his new team is concerned.
Dorian Pena, quiet but consistent off the glass and defense has been overlooked as well. He continues to dominate on the defensive end and puts back the points whenever needed. He is one of the better-known defenders and powers that could help any team any day.
Ronjay Buenafe is a mold after Gary David. He is unpredictable as well and could dazzle the crowd on a good night. But like David, it seems that with so many players playing in the same position, the choice is obviously to go for the players who have been showing outstanding performances in the past and current PBA conference.
And then of course there is SMB veteran Danny Ildefonso who has been a familiar part of the PBA All-Star game for many years. Injuries and perhaps in the twilight of his career, Danny I has proven that he can still play with the young turks of the PBA. He is perhaps the only remaining remnant of the fabled San Miguel Beer squad which traded away the likes of Dondon Hontiveros, Danny Seigle, Dorian Pena and Paul Artadi to Air21 for top rookies Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Noy Baclao and Rey Guevarra.
The players selected are obviously the hot players of the PBA at the moment and it seems a bit disheartening to find the old reliables being passed up. Then again with the new PBA stars at the helm, there has to be casualties in the fray and unfortunately some of the veteran stars have to be the victims as far as this year’s PBA All Star Game is concerned.
The PBA All-Star game will be held in Boracay next month. Below are the names of the PBA players making up the North and South PBA All Star teams:
2011 PBA ALL STARS line-up
South All-Stars
Coach: Chot Reyes

1. James Yap (B-Meg)
2. Jay Washington (Petron/SMB)
3. Kelly Williams (Talk ‘n Text)
4. Eric Menk (Barangay Ginebra)
5. Cyrus Baguio (Alaska)

1. PJ Simon (B-Meg)
2. Dondon Hontiveros (Air21)
3. Jimmy Alapag (Talk ‘n Text)
4. Joe Devance (Alaska)
5. Danny Siegle (Air21)
6. Sonny Thoss (Alaska)
7. Asi Taulava (Meralco)

North All-Stars
Coach: Renato “Ato” Agustin

1. Mark Pingris (B-Meg)
2. Mark Caguioa (Barangay Ginebra)
3. Kerby Raymundo (B-Meg)
4. Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine)
5. Willie Miller (Alaska)

1. L.A. Tenorio (Alaska)
2. Alex Cabagnot (Petron/SMB)
3. Arwind Santos (Petron/SMB)
4. Harvey Carey (Talk ‘n Text)
5. Ranidel De Ocampo (Talk ‘n Text)
6. Mac Cardona (Meralco)
7. Rabeh Al-Hussaini (Petron/SMB)









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