The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has already revealed the names of the players sought by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to be included in the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the upcoming 28th FIBA Championship in China.
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Not that we're skeptical about this group (actually, we're starting to be, after that freak Kelly Williams injury), but we couldn't help but wonder, where the hell are the likes of Paul Lee, Jeff Chan, Marcio Lassiter, Mark Barroca, Jared Dillinger, and Greg Slaughter?
Talks of conspiracy theories on several teams holding some of its players back for various bogus reasons have been circulating, and netizens, in true keyboard warrior fashion, made sure to sound off their reactions on what many are now deeming our country's "Team B" in basketball.
Below are some of the FHM Nation's most notable Facebook reactions to Coach Tab Baldwin's Gilas Pilipinas 16-man pool:
After Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon's surprise appearance at the NBA Africa game recently, why not? We kid!
Veronica Misa: Noli Locsin,Vergel Meneses,Boybits Victoria,Terry Saldana,Gerry Esplana,Benjie Paras,Victor Pablo,Johnny Abarientos,Kenneth Duremdes,Bonel Balingit at Ramon Fernandez yan nalang kunin sa Gilas.
This one actually has a point.
Borris Tongco: Tapos ipanalo nyo yung tournament para matamimi yung mga kupal na ayaw mag lend nang players..
Dissapointed ako ky Junmar.. the one destined to surpass Mon Fernandez, you could have pressure your management to let you play for Gilas kasi ikaw naman franchise player eh.. I just didnt see the willingness to play for the flag this time.. Fatigue? Asi has been playing for so long yet still lends a hand to the national team.. injury? You were a beast last finals.. sayang! you can gain more pinoy hearts pa sana..
Oh, so that's why!
Yoto Ayat: Only Tenorio, Pingris & Fajardo have green light from San Miguel Corporation to join the National team.
Other Fil-Foreigns like Pringle, Devance & even Lakers Clarkson have no PHL passport before they reach 15yo thats why they cant represent PHL via FIBA rules.
Although Japeth may not be much of a help after sustaining this...
Pao Lo: Much better if younger player like aguilar or lassiter. Para mahubog..
Someone's ecstatic with the inclusion of Alaska forward Calvin Abueva.
Edwar D. Gomez: #NiceOne #TheBeast Support Philippines
Lee wasn't the only Rain or Shine guard who's MIA.
John Lyndon Bermudez Cabuyoc: Bat walang Jeff chan?proven effective wing player na yun tsk2 kahit sa world cup.
Sidney Umban: Good luck with Philippine Team B competing on the next FIBA Asia Championship. I know they may not be the best team assembled but at least they are willing participants. Shame on the PBA primadonnas with their selfish reasons.
To the organizers: You may want to take a look at this.
Juno de Villa: Its not that Im underestimating these line up, pero I heard some teams are not allowing players to join. I hope SBP and PBA should take action on this. Sana meron rule na every team should be well represented sa National team line up, and or if a certain player is interested to join, sna mabigyan ng clearance ng ballclubs nila.
Every once in while, basketball "analysts" sprout in these conversations. Thoughts?
Lito Lhatina: kaya senegal lng tinalo ntin s fiba s spain dahil babad n babad c norwood almost 43 min ave per game e umiskor lng ng 4 pts per game at binangko ni chot c david, pba's shooting king at fonacier na both tested shooters/scorers.kung c gary o larry ang pinalaro ng over 40 mins posible tinalo ntin ang croatia,argentina,puerto rico o even greece.almost 11 points lng lamang ng unang tatlong bansa sa gilas team..wasted opportunities tsk tsk dhil lng sa favoritism ng coach at kulang sa even- playing time s kanyang players espcly s mga pure shooters.ang comment ng isang foreign coach noon s team ntin ay dpat daw all 12 players can shoot from the outside well.
And the best comment goes to...
Sandie Araña Tac-an II: 17. Manny Pacquiao
The final and official lineup has yet to be confirmed. In any case, we have to show our usual unwavering support and just hope for the best regardless of who's in or who's out. #Puso
And oh, keep the discussion flowing here!