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Green Archer Evan Nelle spotted with Kitty Duterte

A Facebook post from Senator Bong Go may have just confirmed the rumored relationship between De La Salle Green Archers guard Evan Nelle and former presidential daughter Veronica “Kitty” Duterte.

Go posted some photos from his dinner with former President Rodrigo Duterte and some of their friends.

One of the photos posted on Go’s page was his group picture with the former president, Nelle, and Kitty.

The photo could be confirmation of a rumor that the Green Archer is dating the former presidential daughter.

A few weeks ago, social media users noticed similar posts from the two personalities after attending Post Malone’s concert.

Despite speculations, the two are still mum on the status of their relationship. (MJD)

Hey, hey, hey! Time to spread the word!

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Alex Cabagnot now offers services as team consultant

PBA veteran Alex Cabagnot, one of the best point guards in the league’s history, is offering his services to college and professional teams as a consultant.

In his social media post, Cabagnot said that he is willing to give insight to college and professional teams.

“That was fun. I love watching and being a fan. Nothing more, nothing less. Fan ako today and every time I watch. But college and pro teams, if you want some insight, I’m for hire as a consultant,” the nine-time PBA champion wrote.

Cabagnot is one of the wisest floor generals in PBA history. He was also a one-time Final’s MVP, a one-time Mythical First Team member, and an eight-time All-Star.

From 2016 to 2019, he served as a skills coach for the UP Fighting Maroons.

Cabagnot is still part of the Terrafirma Dyip, providing leadership to the squad. (MJD)

Not every PBA superstar fits the FIBA style of play, says Willie Miller

Willie Miller dropped the truth bomb on PBA players’ ability to adapt to the international brand of basketball.

In the latest vlog of the PBA Motoclub, Rico Maierhofer asked Miller to suggest ways to improve Gilas’ performance in international tournaments.

“Tagalan practice para mas maging solid tayo,” Miller replied.

“So nire-request mo ‘yung mga superstar natin sa PBA na sobrang gagaling,” Maierhofer said.

Before Maierhofer finished his sentence, Miller said, “Sa PBA, sa PBA lang magagaling.”

“Hindi lahat ng magaling sa PBA, eh pwedeng international player,” the two-time PBA MVP continued. “Iba ang laro sa FIBA; iba ang laro sa PBA.”

“Dapat kasi masanay ‘yung mga PBA player sa style at laro na pang-international,” Miller added.

The former PBA superstar also mentioned the first Gilas program in 2009, which was handled by coach Rajko Toroman. The team gathered the best collegiate players in the country and exposed them to years of training that culminated in a fourth-place finish in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships.

Miller played for the national team in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championships under coach Yeng Guiao.


CJ Perez’s wife disappointed as SMB guard gets DNP

CJ Perez’s wife, Sienna, expressed her frustration on social media after the three-time PBA scoring champion did not see action in Gilas’ match-up against the Dominican Republic on Friday.

CJ was the only player on the roster who got a DNP from coach Chot Reyes.

On Facebook, Sienna clarified that her husband was not injured.

“No, he’s not injured. Appreciate your concern. Bawi tayo next game,” she said on one of her posts.

She followed it up with another post, encouraging her husband.

“I believe in you, babe, Cjay Perez. We all know what you can do,” she added.

But Sienna was obviously frustrated in her last post.

“Leading scorer last world cup, 3x PBA scoring champ… zero minutes? Lol it is what it is,” she said.

Aside from Sienna, many fans wondered why Perez was not inserted in the game, given his ability to penetrate the opposing team’s defense. (MJD)

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Santi Santillan amuses fellow players with Jones Cup bloopers

It seems like Santi Santillan is not discouraged after the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters ended the William Jones Cup with a 2-6 record.

On Instagram, the versatile forward posted his bloopers not to bring shame to himself but to entertain his followers.

“Gulatin mo silang lahat,” Santillan wrote in the caption of the video he posted.

In the video, Santillan shared his missed dunk, his ambitious reverse lay-up, and a three-point shot that resulted in an airball.

Fellow basketball players Mark Barroca, Vic Manuel, Andrei Caracut, and former PBA player Dondon Hontiveros commented with laughing emojis on Santillan’s post.

“Yan dapat hindi yung puro highlights, hahaha,” Caracut commented.

Despite having some bloopers in the Jones Cup, Santillan was one of the few bright spots for the Elasto Painters during the tournament. The 27-year-old forward scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-8 shooting in Rain or Shine’s 116-91 win over Japan’s U-22 squad on Saturday. (MJD)

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Jared Dillinger substantiates being a genuine ‘Daredevil’

Ginebra forward Jared Dillinger has survived a ton of injuries throughout his PBA career, which, according to him, are proof that he is truly the “Daredevil.”

In a series of posts on X, Dillinger listed the injuries that he sustained over the course of his professional career.

“Completely torn hamstring, broken nose (3x), fractured clavicle, bicep torn off from the shoulder, torn quad tendon, broken finger (2x), broken knee cap, broken wrist, ruptured disk lower back, fractured/cracked hip pelvis bone,” Dillinger wrote on his post. “Patellar tendon tear, concussion (3x), nerve damage from hip to toe (left), ruptured ear drum.”

“They don’t call me the Daredevil for nothing,” the PBA veteran added.

Despite those injuries, Dillinger is still in the league, playing for Barangay Ginebra.

The 39-year-old forward is in his 15th year in the PBA. (MJD)

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Sol Mercado’s first impression of Justin Brownlee: ‘He was like garbage’

Former PBA player Sol Mercado admitted that he was not impressed with Justin Brownlee when he first arrived in 2016.

In an episode of Jared Dillinger’s “Let It Fly” podcast, Mercado reminisced about the moment when he first saw Brownlee.

The three-time PBA Best Import of the Conference came in as a substitute for Paul Harris in the middle of the 2016 Governor’s Cup.

“In his first practice, me and Joe (Devance) were like, ‘We’re in trouble; this boy is trash,’” Mercado said. “He couldn’t get through like 30 minutes of practice.”

“Lot of people expect these imports to come out here and just kill right away, dominate. They come in just off the flight. This is a whole different time zone. But he was like garbage, bro,” Mercado continued.

The “Sol Train” added that he thought Brownlee would not get past the first quarter of their actual game as he suffered cramps during their practice.

Brownlee even failed to finish his debut game in the PBA after suffering cramps. However, he proved Mercado wrong in the succeeding games. Brownlee slowly got his groove and led Ginebra to the 2016 Governor’s Cup title, capped with his buzzer-beating triple against Meralco in Game 6 of the finals.

Brownlee won the hearts of Ginebra fans as he became an embodiment of their “Never Say Die” spirit. (MJD)

Arwind Santos grateful, blessed to have first signature shoe

PBA veteran Arwind Santos is filled with gratitude after he released his first signature shoe line last month.

Santos collaborated with Peak for his first signature shoe, named “Sonic Boom.”

The 42-year-old forward admitted that he did not expect to have his first signature shoe at this stage of his career.

“Grateful and blessed for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Never have I imagined in my entire Basketball career na magkakaroon po ako ng ganitong pagkakataon,” Santos wrote on his Instagram post on Monday.

“I am proud to say that this is my first ever signature shoe line. Of course, this won’t be possible without the support of my @peaksportsph family. Maraming maraming salamat po,” he added.

Santos urged his followers to buy his sneakers, as they are only available in limited edition. (MJD)

Vic Manuel tells bashers: ‘Make sure malayo narating niyo sa paglalaro’

San Miguel Beermen forward Vic Manuel lashed out at individuals who criticize basketball players while portraying themselves as skilled in the game.

“Next time pg mang babash kayo ng player! Make sure s sarili nyo n malayo narating nyo s paglalaro nyo,” Manuel posted on his Facebook account on Friday.

The 36-year-old forward refrained from disclosing the nature of the criticism he faced.

Meanwhile, his followers agreed with his statement.

“Mga basher na yan idol malamang d marunong maglaro yan,” one netizen commented.

“Kadalasan sa basher yun. Ang mga wlang alam,” another netizen said.

“Ung maka bash wagas kahit naman sa liga nila bangko,” a netizen said in one of the comments.

Throughout his career, Manuel has demonstrated himself as one of the premier post-up players in the PBA. He maintains career averages of 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists. Notably, he secured a championship title and earned the Mr. Quality Minutes award in 2018 (MJD).

Zeinab Harake displays affectionate side towards Ray Parks

After a demanding tournament in China, the Gilas Pilipinas team returned home, and Ray Parks Jr. expressed his profound joy at reuniting with his girlfriend, Zeinab Harake.

On Tuesday, Harake reposted Parks’ Instagram story, featuring the vlogger driving a car alongside Parks.

“Ganda naman ng sundo ko,” Parks said in his IG story.

“Halata naman kinikilig siya,” Harake wrote when she shared Parks’ post.
Ever since they made their relationship public a few months ago, the couple has been sharing heartwarming moments on social media, spreading a sense of excitement.

If he secures a spot on the final roster, Parks will have the opportunity to play in the World Cup, not only in front of Filipino basketball enthusiasts but also in the presence of his biggest supporter, Harake. (MJD)


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Coach Aldin Ayo loses mother to cancer

Converge FiberXers head coach Aldin Ayo’s mom, Eduarda Villadolid Ayo, passed away on Monday at the age of 70.

Ayo announced the death of his mother on Instagram. Meanwhile, according to a report from Spin.ph, his mother died of cancer.

Some PBA players commented on Ayo’s post.

“Condolences,” said David Murrell.

“Condolences coach,” Mav Ahanmisi commented.

“Condolences Manoy,” said Ben Adamos.

Eduarda’s remains will be laid to rest on August 13. (MJD)

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Scottie Thompson can now shoot with injured hand

Scottie Thompson’s road to recovery has taken a huge leap, as the Ginebra guard posted a video where he showed that he is now able to shoot with his injured hand.

Scottie Thompson’s road to recovery has taken a huge leap, as the Ginebra guard posted a video where he showed that he is now able to shoot with his injured hand.

In a Facebook reels posted on Sunday, Thompson was seen practicing his three-point shot. In the video, he was knocking down his shots despite shooting with his right hand.

“Slowly getting there!” Thompson wrote in the caption of the video.

Last week, the reigning PBA MVP posted a video where he shared his shooting practice with the use of his left hand. With Thompson now able to use his right hand to shoot three-pointers, it is a welcome development for Gilas as the FIBA World Cup is about to begin later this month.

Thompson sustained a metacarpal fracture in his right hand during the national team’s training camp in Europe last month. The injury sidelined him in the ongoing pocket tournament in China. (MJD)


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Finally! Thompson nakapagtapos ilang taon pagkaalis ng Perpetual

Better late than never.

PBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player Scottie Thompson has finally earned his college diploma after eight years since last playing for University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the NCAA.

Thompson joined hundreds of Perpetualites who marched at the Plenary Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex on Wednesday to get his college diploma.

“Gift ko itong pagtatapos ko ng college sa aming baby ni Jinky na si Aster Scottie Thompson,” said the Gilas Pilipinas player.

The Barangay Ginebra stalwart is now a holdee of a Business Administration degree, majoring in Marketing Management.

Thompson played in the NCAA for the UPHSD from 2011 to 2015. In 2014, he was named the NCAA Season 90 Most Valuable Player.

An injury barred him from joining the Gilas in a pocket tournament in China. But this allowed him to join some 671 Perpetual students who joined the graduation rites for the school year 2022-2023.

Last year, Perpetual retired Thompson’s No. 6 jersey for his achievements in the field of basketball after being named the PBA MVP and winning seven championships with the Kings.

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