PH world basketball bid suffers blow

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ chances to gain a seat in the World Basketball Championship suffered a blow Thursday after host Lebanon released the schedule of the qualifying tournament that would run smack into the PBA calendar.

The tournament will be held Aug.  1 to 11 next year, with the top three finishers earning spots in the World Championship in Spain in 2014.

The schedule would give Smart Gilas-Pilipinas, which is made up of PBA superstars and naturalized center Marcus Douthit, very little time to prepare since the pro league would just be ending its Governors’ Cup at that time.

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  • generalproblem

    why dont we just stop supporting basketball. we should support football taht does not requires tall players. basketball requires height and we pinoy does not have it unless we select tall pinay and let them impregnated by tall and slender kenyans or eastern european men. l am fan of basketball before now im in football.

  • aymokay

    the national team can always have the services of the sinag players

  • sam_aquino

    if the PBA wanted to show their patriotism to our national flag, now is the opportunity to prove it…

    move the PBA schedule & start training our national players early to prepare them for the qualifying tournament for the World basketball Championship… 

    which is it, the love of “country” or love of “money”???

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

       hahah. UFL did the sacrifice. PBA, hmmm gagawin ba nila?

    • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

      ni hindi nga mag implement ng FIBA rules para masanay players natin, yan pa kaya?

      • sam_aquino

        then, obviously, only love for “money”…  might as well forget our hopes & dreams…

        that is why i’m NOT watching PBA any longer…

        GO AZKALS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1060547307 Raph Torralba

    Dapat kasi di na sinira yung Gilas 1. Coach Toroman should have been retained. Tuloy-tuloy na ang program, nasira pa.

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