National Basketball Association

Swishing on the New Season: NBA Will Go Early but PBA Will Go Messy

The new NBA season will tip off on Tuesday (Wednesday, Philippine time) — two weeks earlier than scheduled. Pictured here is the new secondary logo of the league.

THOUGH WE ARE two months and 10 days away ‘til Christmas, it will be three days until a new season of National Basketball Association (NBA) formally tips off – two weeks earlier than normally scheduled.

The opening salvo will be on the two warring teams from the previous season’s Finals last June: in the Western Conference, defending champion Golden State Warriors will challenge Houston Rockets and in the Eastern Conference, Cleveland Cavaliers will play Boston Celtics.

In the local broadcasting standpoint, despite the recent legal and exclusivity standoff between BTV (Solar) and S+A (ABS-CBN), both entities will still cover the league. The latter will continue to roll onto the hype machine as the former discreetly laments, ponders and questions the rival’s legal motives.

Here at home, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is currently playing on its Finals between Meralco Bolts and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel of their Governor’s Cup – the final conference of this 42nd season but some of us are hoping for the new season to come on the holiday season.

The period of the newness of both major league of hoops we loved is worth writing here in The Turf but the latter is expected to be rough and needs to be detailed here.



Will the 2014 NBA Finals mark the final buzzer for the Filipino fans?

REMINDER: This post is both an author’s response and opinion to Ralph Domingo’s From the Tube regarding the end of NBA on free TV.


San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (left) will face again two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra (right), Friday morning (Philippine time).

IS IT YOU or is it déjà vu? The San Antonio Spurs just won the NBA Western Conference finals and they will face the two-time NBA Finals Champion Miami Heat Friday morning (Philippine time).

Sports analysts, sportswriters and fans have their own say who will win the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Some fans wanted San Antonio Spurs to win in order to prevent the Heat’s “Grand Slam” (i.e. winning the Finals for the third consecutive season) and to spit against the opponent’s coach, the Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra, as instructed by politically motivated social media scholars (PMSMS). Others wanted the opposing team, the Miami Heat, due to the naïve instincts based on the record of recent accomplishment on the championship series and of course, the coach’s maternal blood.

Since the NBA fan base is still alive and kicking in the Philippines, this Finals, unfortunately, would ring the final buzzer on TV after the series. (more…)