Court Vision is back to present to you the latest in Philippine Basketball! This week, HumbleBola collected interesting tidbits, articles, tweets and different snippets of information from different forms of media, whether it be from social media websites, or from blogs.

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March 16, 2015

Reuben Terrado,

UNIVERSITY of the East star Roi Sumang played down protests over his non-inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas cadet pool, saying he may not have been able to show his best during the tryouts due to fatigue. Although his coach in the PBA developmental league believes there were other factors aside from performance that led to him being left out of the 16-man pool, Sumang saw it differently. He said he feels he was never in top form during the national pool training sessions because he also practices with UE and Tanduay Light.

When visited the Gilas cadet pool tryouts conducted by Tab Baldwin at the Philsports Arena, Sumang was not around.

“Hindi ko siguro kinaya. Pagod talaga ako lagi. Practice ako sa Tanduay tapos pumupunta ako sa tryouts. Pagod talaga,” Sumang said.

Sumang said being invited to participate in the tryouts conducted by national coach Baldwin was already an honor, and vowed getting the ax won’t bring him down. Read more.

March 17, 2015

Looking ahead to future editions of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, it was confirmed that the 2019 event will be played in Asia with China and the Philippines as the two candidates left in the race to host it. FIBA’s Central Board will make this final decision at its meeting in June. Meanwhile, Germany, Turkey and Qatar are the three bidding to stage the competition in 2023, with a decision on the host expected in 2016. The Evaluation Commission is expected to visit the bidding countries once the 2015 continental championships have concluded. Read more.

March 18, 2015

March 20, 2015

Richard Dy,

TAB Baldwin wants Gilas Pilipinas to embrace a winning mentality the way the celebrated ‘Tall Blacks’ of New Zealand did during its dream run in the 2002 Fiba World Cup in Indianapolis, USA.

The national coach said the gains made by Gilas in last year’s Fiba World Cup in Seville, Spain could be a good starting ground for the team.

“You can’t snap your fingers and expect that (reaching world-class status) to happen. It’s very much up to the players to dedicate themselves to the cause,” Baldwin told shortly after Talk ‘N Text’s practice on Friday at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus.

“I know it because I have been there (Fiba World Cup). I know what it takes. I can motivate to the best of my ability, but you can’t push the rope to go anywhere. If they want to get there, they can get there,” added the Gilas coach, who also serves as Talk ‘N Text consultant.

The 56-year-old successor of Chot Reyes explained Gilas will have to go through the fire, so to speak, in order to develop a certain level of toughness the way the Tall Blacks did during his time coaching the team more than a decade ago. Read more.

March 21, 2015

Jane Bracher,

MANILA, Philippines – New national team head coach Tab Baldwin is not forcing Filipino ballers to be something they are not in order to win medals. Instead, his strategy of choice is to take their strengths and put them on steroids.

“We want pressure basketball,” Baldwin shared on the type of Sinag Pilipinas team he wants to have for the upcoming SEABA Championship and SEA Games. “We want our opponent to commit a lot of mistakes and keep the pressure on offensively.”

“I think that suits the nature of Filipinos,” he noted. Read more.