Hotshots Team Practices, Tune-up Games & other Updates

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  1. JM007

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    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.


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    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

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    I made sacrifices, I been ballin ever since - Cinmeon Bowers
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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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

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

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    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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  8. JM007

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    STA ROSA, Laguna - Star suffered a major blow in its PBA Governors Cup semifinals series against Meralco as starting guard Paul Lee went down with his old knee injury in Game Two Tuesday night.

    Both his legs covered with protectors, Lee walked with an obvious limp as he favored the right knee that has hampered him while still with Rain or Shine before.

    Lee started for the Hotshots but played for just three minutes and never returned to the game.

    "Yung dati kong injury (sa tuhod bumalik)," Lee told SPIN.ph just before the second half.

    The 29-year-old combo guard failed to score but did attempt once in his limited action inside the court.

    Read more at Star suffers huge blow in semis series vs Meralco as Paul Lee goes down with old knee injury | SPIN.PH


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    Now it is evident na pagwala si Lee di alam kung saan kukuha ng offense ang STAR. Dito na pumapasok ang tanong, why trade Maliksi who can create ang offense. Another thing, lets face it Acox is not a type of import that can bring us to the finals... He is not a take charge kind of guy
     
  9. Mixxie

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    Wala na ko masabi kay Acox .. hahaha .. :lolsign

    I just miss Allein at lalo kong namimiss si fafa jems .. :lolsign
     
  10. Dzee

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    Yes we all miss the Grandslam San Mig Players, pero wala na tayo magagawa doon. Sayang mga mga bigman ng San Mig dati, Yancy De Ocampo, Holstein, Taha, and Torres. Sana magagamit pa ng Star ung mga bigman na un against big teams like Meralco, San Miguel,TnT, and Ginebra.

    But we have to move on from those trades already, hopefully coach Chito can learn from these defeats, and rebuild the team from the draft.
     
  11. Dzee

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    With the knee injury to Paul Lee and Acox poor performance and coach Chito being out-coached, i don't see Star going the distance this conference, unless a last minute miracle will happen, we now have to bid goodbye for this season, and i'm already looking forward for the coming PBA 2017-18 season.
     
  12. TiagoSplitter

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    taenang Poli yan. byahedor! :bang
     
  13. dealwithJM

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    Marc Pingris believes import Kris Acox needs to do more if Star is to keep its flickering hopes alive in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals against Meralco.

    The veteran forward said Acox has to start asserting himself after playing below expectations in the first two games of the best-of-five duel which the Hotshots both lost.

    As it is, Acox was badly outplayed twice by Meralco counterpart Allen Durham, the reigning Best Import of the season-ending tournament.

    In Star’s 98-74 loss in Game 2 Tuesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex here, Acox finished with only nine points (4-of-12 shooting) and 12 rebounds as he was outscored by guards Mark Barroca (16 points) and rookie Alvin Abundo (14 points).

    “As an import, medyo nakukulangan talaga ako sa kanya. So kailangan namin siyang kausapin para mas maging aggressive pa siya,” said the 35-year-old Pingris.

    The Pozzorubio, Pangasinan native admitted the opposite case goes for Meralco as Durham has been playing beautiful music with the Bolts ever since he came no board the franchise in last year’s edition of this very same tournament.

    “Magaling talaga si Durham, bagay na bagay siya sa Meralco,” said Pingris. “Lahat nagagawa niya para sa team, nako-complement niya ng husto yung mga locals nila.”


    Read more at Star needs more from import Kris Acox for Hotshots to stay alive in semis, says Marc Pingris  | SPIN.PH
     
  14. Neo Cruz

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    Let's face it hanggang hindi nawawala si Jason Webb at pangingialam ni Alfrancis Chua sa team walang mangyayari sa Star.
     
  15. Neo Cruz

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    In order for Purefoods to be back on top they have to remove Jayson Webb. Hindi ba kayo nakakahalata na may may malas na dala si Jayson Webb mula nung dumating sa Purefoods nagkamalas malas. Consultant na walang accomplishment as a coach.
     
  16. Mixxie

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    Welcome here @Neo Cruz@Neo Cruz

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts ..
    Keep on posting ..

    Enjoy ka lang dito kahit madalas wala kausap .. hahaha .. :lolsign

    magbabalik din sila .. pag may kaaway .. :lolsign
     
  17. Dzee

    Dzee All Star

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    Nasaan na ba ung mga kaaway? hehehe.

    Tagal ng walang mga tao dito, tapos talo pa ung Star natin.

    Sino ba talaga ang malas? Jason Webb? etc..

    IMO wala naman sigurong malas, it's just that the other teams have become better, nung nag grandslam ang San Mig, it just so happen na sila ung pinaka malakas that time, mga bagito pa sila Junemar at Slaughter dati, at sila James, Simon, Ping ay nasa prime nila together with so many supporting cast.

    Now hindi talaga maganda ang line-up na Star, hindi balance kaya kahit anong sipag nila, matatalo sila sa mga mas magagaling na team ngayon.

    Pero may time din ang Star na makakabangon, one to two years magiging contender ulit silt.

    3 straight semis is already a great accomplishment considering they don't have the best line-up in the league. Good Job Star Hotshots.
     
  18. Dzee

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    Star Hotshots Draft Updates:

    • On August 12, 2013, Barako Bull (Phoenix) acquired a 2017 second round pick along with Wesley Gonzales and Chris Pacana from Star (then known as San Mig Coffee) in exchange for Allein Maliksi.[2]
    • On September 19, 2015, Star acquired a 2017 second round pick from Barako Bull (Phoenix) in exchange for Mick Pennisi.[7]
    • On November 3, 2016, Star acquired Aldrech Ramos and NLEX's 2017 second round pick from Mahindra in exchange for Alex Mallari as part of a three-team trade involving San Miguel.[10] Previously, Mahindra acquired that pick from NLEX in an earlier trade (see note G).
    Note G:
    On October 7, 2015, Meralco acquired 2016 and 2017 second round picks from Mahindra in exchange for Sean Anthony, while NLEX acquired Anthony by trading Juneric Baloria and their own 2016 and 2017 second round picks to Mahindra.[8]

    First Round: 9th Pick
    Possible pick: 6'5" Lervin Flores / 6'6" Joseph Gabayni / 6'6" JonJon Gabriel
    - Star needs another bigman to be competitive against other bigger teams of the PBA

    Second Round:
    Possible 2nd Pick: (From Mahindra in the Alex Mallari Trade)
    6'1"Rey Nambatac / 6'3" Robert Herndon / 6'4" Andreas Philip Cahilig / 6'1" Zachary Nicholls / 6'2" Gabriel Dagangon
    - Star needs a scoring wingman after trading Maliksi last conference. If Nambatac is still available, he will be the best option, but if Not, then anyone among Fil-am Herndon, Fil-am Cahilig, Fil-am Nicholls, or scoring wingman Dagangon.

    Possible 4th Pick: (From Phoenix in the Mick Pennisi Trade)
    6'5" Arvie Bringas / 5'10" Mark Jayven Tallo / 6'3"Julian Sargent
    - Star can get another Bigman in A. Bringas, or get the next best talent in M. Tallo, or another defensive small forward in J. Sargent


     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
  19. baymax

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    Paul Lee excited to start afresh for Star after undergoing long-delayed knee surgery

    EXPECT a brand-new ‘Angas Ng Tondo’ for the Star Hotshots when the PBA’s 43nd season gets underway in the middle of December.

    Guard Paul Lee had a successful operation last week on his injured left knee that kept him out for the duration of the Hotshots’ Governors Cup semifinals series against the Meralco Bolts.

    The procedure, done at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Bonifacio Global City, lasted less than three hours and was performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.

    Lee was sent home right away following the surgery on the lateral meniscus tear on his knee.

    ‘Naka-bandage lang siya and may konting pain, pero nakakalakad ako. I just had my check-up and by next week, start na ako ng therapy,” Lee disclosed to SPIN.ph prior to leaving for a short vacation in Singapore with wife Ruby.

    According to Dr. Canlas, Lee will need to undergo therapy and rehabilitation for six to seven weeks, assuring he’ll be ready to play for Star by the time the new season unfurls on Dec. 17.

    “Wala namang problema, makakalaro na ako agad sa simula ng season. Bagong overhaul, e.”

    The knee had been bothering Lee for quite sometime now, dating back to his days with Rain or Shine, where he also missed several games to a undergo PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) procedure.

    Lee and Star management came to a decision that it was time to have the knee operated.

    “I think kailangan na rin talaga. Due na rin. Ang dami ng games na inilaro kaya bugbog na rin 'yung tuhod ko,” he said.

    “Not bad at all. Tatlong sunod kaming nakapasok sa semis. Hindi man kami nakapasok sa finals, but considering na we have a new team, a new system, and a new coach in Chito Victolero, 'yung tatlong semis na yun masaya na rin naman kami,” he said.

    “Ang pinaka-worse na nangyari, hindi kami nag-playoffs. Pero sa awa naman ng Diyos, nakapasok kami ng tatlong sunod sa semis.”

    But definitely, next season will be a different story, he vowed.

    “Next year, need na mag step-up talaga kaming mga veterans. Ang reminder nga ni coach Chito bago kami naghiwa-hiwalay, dapat next season mas mataas na ang maabot namin,” said Lee.

    Paul Lee excited to start afresh for Star after undergoing long-delayed knee surgery | SPIN.PH
     


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