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PBA wish list

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Opinion
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IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

With  still 42 days to go before  the most awaited day of the year, you can see Christmas
coming.

You can always tell when it's getting close because television stations start making their
countdown, and stores, parks and streets, especially in the more-affluent areas like Makati and  
Quezon City are now adorned with brightly-colored Christmas lights and decorations.
         
It makes us like Christmas above anytime of the year.
 
It’s still a little too  early to think about our Christmas wish lists but  this is also the
time I usually think about them.
    
Santa Claus is also now busy going over the wish lists in the Philippine  Basketball
Association (PBA) to see what he should give.
    
Now a  house  divided, the   PBA  now  needs the gift of wisdom from Santa  before the  
holiday.
 
The 12 PBA teams now almost evenly divided on the issue of alleged  bias and  favoritism  by  
Commissioner Chito Narvasa might as well ask for this gift to be  able  to  resolve their differences
and find a win-win solution  before  the holiday season.
     
It is a  nice gift to have because the PBA,  Asia's first play-for-pay  league, and its teams
have been a regular source of first-class sports entertainment  since 1975.
 
Not  seeing your favorite players on your favorite teams on your favorite league simply
because the PBA Board of Governors can't rise above personal interests is not a good thing.
    
You wouldn’t  want  that  to happen with the league’s 43rd season set to open on Dec. 17  or
exactly a week before  Christmas.
    
Our favorite PBA teams also have a  lengthy Christmas gift list, keeping Santa busy in
checking it twice and finding out who's naughty and nice.
    
San Miguel Beer, the league’s  most successful team with 24 titles and more  than 1,200 wins,  
asked for a dominant player who could be the  next league superstar and  box-office draw.
 
In particular, the Beermen asked for a player who can play alongside four-time PBA MVP June Mar
Fajardo  and form  a  “Twin Tower” combination that can bring more titles in the coming year.
    
Well, the Beermen  must really be nice -- not naughty -- that they found  6-8 Fil-German
Christian Standhardinger under their Christmas tree.
    
Giving someone as big and as talented as Standhardinger  for the  Beermen is like giving a
gift to a man  who already has everything.
    
But that’s OK, fans. San Miguel’s  chief rival, Talk N Text, had their big holiday in  2015
with prized rookies MoalaTautuaa and Troy Rosario.
         
If    you   ask me,  NLEX  (Kiefer Ravena), Blackwater  (Raymar Jose),   Phoenix  Petroleum  
(Jason Perkins)  and  Alaska Milk (Jeron Teng) all  received  what  they  wanted during the  annual
rookie draft long   before Christmas.
         
It  should  a lso  be  merry Christmas  for Globalport with veteran coach  Pido Jarencio
returning to the bench. But with several new faces in the line-up to join  old  reliables Terrence  
Romeo and Stanley Pringle, the best gift the team needs right now is  the gift of patience.
         
Even Santa knows it is going to take a  while to develop team chemistry.
    
As  to  crowd  favorite  Barangay  Ginebra,   Santa  could drop them off   another dependable
guard   who could take the place of the  now-retired  Jayjay Helterbrand.
    
Jett Manuel,  who was  selected No.12 by the  Gin  Kings, could become a  welcome Christmas  
present.
    
There  should  also be  more  star power   for Star,  Rain or Shine,  Kia Picanto and  even   
PBA Governor’s Cup    runner-up   Meralco.
    
Adding   young  and  experienced   players  who can  play multiple positions,  like  Fil-Am  
sensation   Robbie Herndon  for Star and NCAA  veteran   Rey Nambatac for  Rain or Shine  will be
great presents.
    
If  you are a loyal PBA fan,  Santa  has one guarantee to make you happy:  more exciting  
games from  more exciting players  for the  coming PBA season.

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If  you’re  an  avid basketball  fan,  there’s  no place to go on Friday but   the   San  Juan

gym where the winner-take-all championship games of  the  2017  Metro Basketball Tournament  (MBT)   
pitting  Quezon City against  San Juan  (North) and Mandaluyong against MMDA (South)  will be played.
    
Both games  will showcase  the talents of  some of the  best  young  players 23 years old and
below  as they try to lead their respective  teams to the chmpionships.
    
Don’t miss the games.

NOTES --  Happy  birthday to  Purefoods  Hotdogs’  “Dynamic Duo” of   Alvin “The  Captain”  
Patrimonio  (Nov. 17)  and  Jerry “Defense Minister” Codinera (Nov. 14).   Patrimonio and  Codinera,
two  of  the   more  prominent   members  of  the   “PBA’s  25 Greatest Players”,  also formed  one of
the most dominant duos in Asia’s first  play-for-pay league  from 1988 to 1991.  `  
    
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