Hotshots Team Practices, Tune-up Games & other Updates

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  1. JM007

    JM007 Starter

    Victolero hopes hulking Bowers Star’s answer to Brownlee, Durham

    Chito Victolero immediately liked what he saw following Star’s first day of practice with new import Cinmeon Bowers on Monday at the Ronac gym in San Juan.

    While he’s still bulky at 245 pounds, Victolero said the 6-5 Bowers can run the floor and can even be the team’s “point forward” for the PBA Governors’ Cup scheduled to open this July 15.

    “He’s more active on both ends defense and offense. Saka yung defense niya, ganda siya mag-react, maganda ang motor nito, very athletic, plus the fact na sanay siya maglaro ng point forward, puwede maglaro ng small at big,” Victolero told FOX Sports, shortly after practice.


    With still about 2 weeks to go before the start of the season-ending conference, Victolero is confident that Bowers can get back to shape since his last stint with last pro league stint with Gallil Elion in the Israeli League.

    The former Auburn Tiger forward averaged near double-double of 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds, along with 2.3 assists in 30 games in the Israeli League.

    Victolero said despite having a physically-strong import in Bowers, he still picks Ginebra, San Miguel and Meralco as the teams to beat in the Governors Cup since they are bringing imports, who are tried and tested already.

    “Actually, tinitingnan natin diyan yung datihang magagaling. Basehan kasi diyan si (Justin) Brownlee, (Eugene) Phelps, (Allen) Durham sa ganitong mga klaseng imports na nag-dominate,” shared Victolero.

    With his bulk and experience, Bowers could be the Hotshots’ answer to returning PBA imports led by San Miguel’s Wendell McKines, Phelps, Durham, who led Meralco to a runner-up finish last season, along with Brownlee, who will be entering his third stint with the defending champion Barangay Ginebra.
  2. baymax

    baymax Starter


    I made sacrifices, I been ballin ever since - Cinmeon Bowers
  3. Balbasarado

    Balbasarado Reserve


    Victolero hoping to have Marc Pingris back in three weeks after US rehab for injured hip

    STAR will have to wait a little longer before seeing Marc Pingris back in the fold in the PBA Governors’ Cup as he is in the middle of his hip rehabilitation in the US.

    Hotshots coach Chito Victolero gave an update on the status of his veteran power forward, whose rehab is progressing steadily in Los Angeles.

    “Nagkausap kami last Monday, nag-overseas call. He’s doing good,” Victolero said after practice on Thursday. “Hopefully early in the next two weeks, makabalik na siya.

    “(By then,) tatrabahuhin na namin yung conditioning niya, plus yung kanyang basketball timing, yung rhythm niya,” he added. “I think siguro mga three weeks yun.”

    Pingris, who missed the entire Commissioner’s Cup after hurting his hip late in the Philippine Cup semifinals, won’t suit up again until halfway through the eliminations of the season-ending tournament.

    “Mga middle ng eliminations, makakasama na namin siya,” Victolero said.

    Until then, Victolero is hoping import Cinmeon Bowers can fill the void and keep the Hotshots afloat after Pingris’ absence was felt in the team’s Commissioner’s Cup semifinals loss to eventual champion San Miguel Beer.
  4. Marrjoss_11

    Marrjoss_11 Solid Purefoods Fan Since 1988 Starter

    Dapat kasi dinala na agad sya sa U.S nung Commisioners Cup pa lang para ready na sya sa Governors Cup. Dun din pala sya ipapagamot pinagtagal pa ayan delayed na naman ang pasok nya sa line-up, ang laki kaya ng kawalan ni Ping sa line-up iba pa din yung may Marc Pingris sa loob ng court madami syang nagagawa na di nagagawa ng ibang players.
  5. Balbasarado

    Balbasarado Reserve


    Gilas holds breath as Jio Jalalon sprains ankle in tune-up vs Blackwater

    GILAS Pilipinas is holding its breath after Jio Jalalon sprained his left ankle in the team’s 105-101 win over Blackwater in their tune-up game on Friday night at the Meralco gym.

    The Star Hotshots rookie point guard was bringing down the ball when the Blackwater defense forced him to commit a turnover in a play halfway through the third quarter that led to him hurting and clutching his ankle in pain.

    Jalalon didn’t return and his ankle was iced the rest of the match.

    “Na-sprain ako. Masakit talaga,” Jalalon said after the game before excusing himself.

    National coach Chot Reyes is hoping for the best for Jalalon, who started for the second straight tune-up game and is expected to be among the leaders for the young squad for the Jones Cup in Chinese-Taipei from July 15-23.

    “Hindi ko alam kung light lang yung ankle injury niya,” Reyes said. “At least we’re getting a lot of guys coming in and playing.”

    Read more at Gilas holds breath as Jio Jalalon sprains ankle in tune-up vs Blackwater | SPIN.PH
  6. Balbasarado

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    Star’s Marc Pingris doing well in rehab for hip injury

    Marc Pingris may soon be able to play for the Star Hotshots as he is doing well in his rehab for his hip injury.

    Nick Ocampo, the Hotshots’ team therapist, relayed the news to InterAksyon.

    “When we finish our rehab early next week, we may need another four to six weeks of basketball specific conditioning in the Philippines na lang,” Ocampo said.

    Pingris is showing significant signs of progress, according to Ocampo.

    “We just started his final week of rehab. Hip strength is steadily increasing and just occasional hip pain. He still goes hard in all exercises, including low impact cardio workout. Although we already started basketball specific movement drills, conditioning has yet to be introduced. We have been doing the rehab four times a week for the past three weeks,” Ocampo said.

    Pingris is currently in the US to seek treatment for his hip injury which forced him to sit out the entire Commissioner’s Cup.

    The veteran forward was accompanied by Ocampo at the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles which Meralco’s Chris Lutz and several NBA players attended.

    “Blake Griffin, Zach Lavine, Chandler Parsons, and Tony Allen were also there,” Ocampo said.
  7. hingebra

    hingebra "Purefoods Lover, Ginebra Hater" LOL! Starter

    Star taps ex-Illinois gunner Malcolm Hill, replaces ‘unimpressive’ Bowers


    Star import Cinmeon Bowers is on the way out just a day after his PBA debut where the Hotshots posted a 103-86 win over Blackwater in their Governors’ Cup clash at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Star team governor Rene Pardo said Bowers’ replacement Malcolm Hill arrived in Manila on Sunday and will have his official height measurement early this week at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City. Each team is allowed to tap an import with a height limit of 6-5.

    “Nandito na si Malcolm Hill, kahapon (Sunday) siya dumating sa Manila,” Pardo told FOX Sports on Monday.

    But Pardo said Star coach Chito Victolero will still have take a better look at the 21-year-old Hill in practice, as well as make sure the incoming American passes the height measurement.

    “Iche-check pa namin kung pasado na sa height, sa medical. Sa Biyernes pa laro namin,” he added.

    Should Hill pass the height measurement, the youthful American import is set to make his Star debut on Friday against winless Alaska at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

    The amiable Star team executive said Bowers, a product of Auburn, the same school that produced NBA legend Charles Barkley, failed to impress since the team’s tuneup matches before the start of the season-ending conference.

    From his heavy 280-pound weight, Bowers came to Manila lighter at around 240 pounds, which Pardo felt, may have affected his game in a way.

    “Mukhang mapapalitan na din (si Bowers) kasi di kami impressed sa mga pinakita niya sa tuneup games,” he said. “Nagbaba din kasi siya ng weight niya. Nasa mga 280 (pounds) siya talaga nung college, eh ngayon mga nasa 240 na lang, so siguro nanibago din siya.”

    Bowers debuted with decent numbers of 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one block, though it was veteran guard PJ Simon who sparked Star behind its fourth-quarter breakaway against Blackwater.

    Meantime, Hill is coming off a recent stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Summer League where in four games, the former University of Illinois standout averaged 1.8 points, 0.8 rebound and 0.3 assist.

    He concluded his collegiate career with Illinois by averaging 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.1 minutes of play last season.

    Source ----> Star taps ex-Illinois gunner Malcolm Hill, replaces 'unimpressive' Bowers
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