Thursday, May 28, 2009
I'm not sure if the conditioning programs are not as comprehensive here but PBA players play maybe 50 games a year (18 elimnations plus playoffs in each conference). Those 50 games are spread out through 9 months which averages out to 5.5 games every month. It seems to me that playing less than two (2) games a week should be easy if you are in tip top shape and play basketball for a living.
The NBA players play back to backs all the time and play at least 2-3 games a week. I don't remeber players using fatigue as an excuse for not playing with energy. I realize PBA players get paid very little compared to the rest of the world but to play 4 to 5 games a month and get paid hundreds of thousands of pesos to do it aint so bad.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Lebron's shot that saved Ohio will be played over and over for the rest of the NBA playoffs and many seasons to come. But can he do it seven (7) more times to win his first NBA Championship? Well, if we consider the composition of other winners, the Cavs are going to have a very difficult time.
The teams that have won have always had a superstar. It's a given. Magic Johnson, Julius Irving, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Dwane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Hakeem Olajuwon. In some cases, they had teammates who were in the same level. Moses Malone, Shaq and Kareem would certainly be in the same category in their prime. In Cleveland's case, Lebron fits the bill perfectly.
Most champions also has an all star on the same team. A player who's not a superstar but will undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame. Scottie Pippen, Manu Ginobili, Kevin Mchale, Robert Parish, and James Worthy would be in that group.
There were some minor exceptions like Detroit but they still would have at least 2 Hall of Famers on their team but no true superstar.
I still don't see a second Hall of Famer in this year's Cleveland team. Lebron is awesome but he will have an off day here and there like everyone else. Another Cavalier will have to prove they can take over in a stage with this kind of pressure. So in the home of the Rock and Roll hall of fame, I think Cleveland needs to have a future Basketball Hall of Famer step up and join LBJ to get the Larry Obrien trophy.
This current Cleveland team is not that different from Pat Riley's Knicks and Shaq's Orlando team who got creamed in the Finals. Both had a superstar (Ewing/Shaq) but were surrounded by "almost hall of famers". The Cavs are fortunate that Orlando is kinda in the same situation where there is no clear cut Hall of Famer outside of Dwight Howard.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"They did well esp. against bad calls esp. with UBC Thunderbirds. Blue Eagles were down by twenty points in the first quarter then won last three quarters but still lost 90-77. Against SFU in front of a full house of Ateneo fans we lost 85-77. Admu was down by three with ninety seconds left. Our boys missed ten foul shots. Salamat's three points was negated at the end of the Third with a second left. The boys should compete well in the UAAP. They do need a swingman like Oping Sumanilog. Two peat looks good."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Every once in awhile, you gotta step out of your comfort zone and see if you can spread you wings some more.
Friday, May 15, 2009
It has been a very fulfilling four (4) years working for Solar Entertainment as head of sales and marketing. We tried a lot of things. Some worked, some didn't. Solar certainly is much bigger now since 2005 when I first started but I've decided to accept an offer from another company so it's time to remember why Solar was such a great experience for me.
10. Great clients. I was able to work with many in the media and advertising industry who know their stuff and how the television business works.
9. Acquisition of the PBA. The process of winning a tv coverage bid and the continuing efforts to improve the league was very satisfying.
8. Great partners. You can't get any better than working with the NBA, the PBA, the IOC, the PGA, Top Rank, GMA7, IMG, and many others who were very professional in the way they handled things. It was also great to work closely with the sports media.
7. Olympic Experience. I was part of the team who brought the most comprehensive coverage to the Philippines and was able to generate the highest amount of sponsorships ever. The experience in Beijing was also priceless.
6. Covering the NBA Allstars and the China Games. The learnings of running a big time sporting event and being part of the on cam talent pool for the international coverage is something I will never forget.
5. Donaire/Viloria. To know that you can mount a world class sporting event gives a lot of satisfaction from what I was a part of in Solar.
4. Meeting NBA Superstars. Being able to interview the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Dwayne Wade along with many other NBA players was a dream come true.
3. Great Team. It was an honor to have worked with such a talented and competent group in Solar. I have made some very good friends along the way and that is something I will always be thankful for. From my bosses to the managers, the company is in good hands with visionaries and passionate people.
2. BTV. To conceptualize, launch, and implement Basketball TV was something I will always be proud of.
1. Manny Pacquiao. It was surreal to be right in the middle of the rise of the Pacman the last 4 years.
There were others that deserve mention including working on the 2006 World Cup coverage in the Philippines, producing and hosting In The Zone (ITZ) and conceptualizing Sports Desk along with pioneering the Philippine Collegiate Championships (and maybe even more stuff that escapes my memory at the moment) but I decided to limit it to 10 things.
It was certainly a packed four years!