This act of Mr. Pangilinan is filled with deceit and BAD FAITH that FIBA should be informed about these acts. Maybe BAP member organizations should pass a resolution condemning such acts of betrayal. Mr. Manny Pangilinan and his cohorts are not out to unite Philippine basketball but to destory it. Their interest in Basketball is simply for the money and not for its development. They at the SBP have been allowed to handle our international commitments but failed miserably. We have sent a team of American players, spend so much for their training but got routed but a lowly Iran team whose national sports is not even basketball. Despite the media build up of how strong our team was prior to the Olympic qualifier, it simpy was mediocre because of the lack fo integrity and commitment of the players to play for flag and country. It was very clear and you can see it in their eyes that nothing for the country was there to fight for. We continue to wallow in mediocrity and has been the laughing stock in Asia and the world for not getting our acts together. This happened because of individuals trying to advance their selfish motives.
The PBA is now is chaos that even the network covering their games have hinted that they are not joining the bidding for next year's coverage because of unfair business practices. From the beginning the PBA has not been very fair, what with 4 out of 10 teams playing owned by one mother company. I'm not saying games are fixed but definitely results are suspicious. The commissioner dining with team owners in a time where a crucial decision is going to be exercised, after which James Yap was suspended for one game in a very crucial stretch of the series simply leaves a bad taste of how the league is being run.
In the professional league, the word delicadeza does not exist because its stakeholders do not have a sense for it. All policy decisions are based on what the market demands creating scenarios that will produce intrigues that will tickle the public's perceptions so that they will watch the games and produce more revenues to the detriment of the paying but innocent public. Their maketing strategy is clear and simple that even the SBP BAP conflict is pursued as such so that drama will unfold. Debates will then happen in the streets and in the homes para MAPAG-USAPAN, then panonoorin sila. Parang SHOWBIZ ba! Very CHEAP di ba! But they can not fool the public all the time. It's time for them to fold up.
Meanwhile, lovers of Philippine basketball should not take this sitting down. We have to fight the EVIL that is in our midst. They (SBP) had their chance but blew it. And not even their media drumbeaters and so-called EXPERTS can ignore the fact that we are still rock bottom in development in the game of basketball. While others are already looking at systems in defense and offense and its other facets, we in the Philippines can not even have a true basketball organization that will pursue its progress that will allow us to be competitive with the rest of the world. If we do not do something, WE DEFINITELY SUCK! Remember, "EVIL WILL TRIUMPH WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING!
GOD BLESS US ALL!
DR. ILDEFONSO O. MEDINA, JR.
Sana you can relay this to all our members. maybe they have comments too.