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Mick Pennisi treated unfairly

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BARAKO Bull’s Mick Pennisi has been tagged by both foreign websites and social networking sites as overreacting, a sort of modern-day version of Philippine basketball bad boy.

According to blogger Kelly Dwyer, “Mick Pennisi…dove as if he was under cannon fire following a shot to the head from Will McDonald,” adding that the referee was right to send McDonald out of the playing court but likewise Pennisi, who should be banned from playing for the next 10 to 12 years.

On the other hand, Lost Letterman commented, “If you thought flopping in the NBA was bad, check how atrocious it is in the Philippines.”

Letterman said: “We don’t even want to know what Filipino soccer players do to get calls.”

While another basketball blog from CBS Sports, Eye on Basketball, considered it as “arguably the greatest flop in basketball history. The ball-to-head slam is great, the delayed reaction is priceless, and Pennisi’s sheer audacity sends the hilarity to the moon.”

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Pennisi scored 11 big points in leading Barako Bull to a 94-80 victory over the Petron Blaze Boosters. Pennisi is also the eighth player in PBA history to make 700 three pointers in his career.

McDonald was disqualified for committing a flagrant foul on Pennisi, comparing him to Chicago Bulls center Omar Asik who was called as “basketball’s best/worst flopper on the Internet.”

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PBA commissioner Chito Salud, son of the late popular lawyer and much respected former league commissioner Rudy Salud, is fast following the footsteps of his beloved father.

In the early years of the pro league, imports were the most dominant dribblers.

The league enjoyed unprecedented popularity because of the presence of quality imports like Billy Ray Bates and Cyrus Mann of Crispa; Byron “Snake” Jones of Toyota; multiawarded Norman Black, who has settled here; Shell’s Bobby Parks, another longtime Philippine resident; Michael Hackett; and Pop Cola’s Tony Harris, who scored a single-game record of 105 points which has remained unbroken in the PBA’s storied history.

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Asia’s first professional cage loop, launched in 1975, thrived under soft-spoken commissioner Leo Prieto, Rudy Salud, Jun Bernardino and Sonny Barrios.

The PBA has survived nine Olympics and an equal number of Asian Games, including six Philippine Presidents (Ferdinand Marcos, Cory Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Cory’s son, Noynoy Aquino).

Several nagging problems stay such as dwindling gate receipts, lack of a permanent venue and complaints against biased officiating.

Still, the PBA was able to overcome these problems and is well on the road to recovery.

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  • John

    stupid player and stupid writer… thats it!

  • jj

    Pennisi already said he thought of it in a positive way…don’t you have anything better to write about Mr Inigo??!!

  • PBA

    ibalik ang crispa-toyota rivalry sa PBA !

  • Cris Leo Buccat

    kahit naman hindi nagflop si penissi, maeeject pa rin si mcdonald kasi obvious naman na binato niya yong bola kay penissi which is automatic flagrant foul with or without penissi flop..

  • Marlon

    Penissi wasn’t slow to react.

    He thought that the referee did not see that the ball was deliberately thrown into his face because there was no immediate whistle.   

    Dirty players usually don’t get called for that because it happens so fast.

    Fearing that McDonald might get away with his ball throwing antic, Penissi committed the WORST FLOP ever.

    But what is important is that Penissi got the technical foul call and, with the other team’s import ejected, his team won the game. 

  • Guest

    Technically, it was not a delayed reaction, it just so happened that his brain functions a lot slower than a normal brain, hence, it took time for his brain to process the hit and coordinate the reaction with his body… therefore, it is not a flop, just a show of how a slow brain functions…

  • SolidBasketball

    The fundamental problem of PBA? it is the only professional league in the world where 80% of the teams are owned or controlled by three entities.  How can be there fair competition?

    Cojuangco Group – Petron, Ginebra, B-Meg and Powerade.
    Pangilinan Group – Talk n text and Meralco
    Bert Lina Group – Barako Bull and Air 21

    Sali Pusa Group – Alaska and Rain or Shine.

    and by the way Cojuangco and Bert Lina are also very good friends..

    now you know why there are sham trades and strong teams loose to its weak but sister teams.

    • PBA

      ano ang solusyon?

  • Lando

    now i know why you hate Phil. Football and the Azkals, part ka pala ng public relation ng PBA. you are not misinformed but you deliberately and maliciously attak Phil football in your articles. Dont blame the Azkals for the problems of PBA, they are not related.

    • ynigooctaviano

      Don’t you talk about the Azkals anymore. That is why you never grew up as a journalist. Very shallow ang iyong isip. Tumanda kang paurong.

  • dyoung arc

    huh? di ko ma get why ang title Pennisi treated  unfairly. Wala naman sa article???

    • Jao Romero

      agree. this guy is one of the worst sports writer in the world. sumusunod sya kay Recah as worst.

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