Renaldo Balkman’s lifetime ban is lifted although there is no clear picture as of yet on where he will play. Unless the unthinkable happens, the safest presumption right now is to see him land on one of the San Miguel Corporation squads.
So far, the attention over at the Barangay Ginebra camp is the return of Greg Slaughter. “Gregzilla” returns to action Saturday (Feb. 3) against the dangerous NLEX Road Warriors but his playing time will be controlled.
Kia Picanto finally got on the win column, ironically also the first win for head coach Ricky Dandan as far as being a PBA coach is concerned.
San Miguel Beer ran away with another win, this time at the expense of the NLEX Road Warriors. However, the showdown had anxious moments with several incidents that added a bit of color.
Chris Gavina, a virtual unknown, when he first called the shots for Kia/ Mahindra, has stepped down as head coach for Kia Picanto. Tasked to take over will be veteran coach Ricky Dandan.
The DLSU Green Archers start their search for Aldin Ayo’s successor and the list includes the name of Ginebra Head Coach Tim Cone.
The NLEX Road Warriors have so far remained perfect, winning their first two assignments. They won over Kia Picanto handily (119-115) and then turned back GlobalPort Batang Pier. It is clear that the player that is standing out is rookie Kiefer Ravena.
With the PBA all set to unfurl its 43rd season, teams have opted to go with younger talent. Plenty of veteran names were left out in the cold though some teams could still put them to good use.
The PBA is all set to open its 43rd season, and there are a lot of names struck out of the list. Among the notable names include Chris Ellis, Gary David, Denok Miranda and Mac Cardona.
Jeron Teng, the bull-strong former DLSU Green Archer who once scored 104 points in a high school game, will need to develop an outside shot if he is to last long in the PBA.