Archive for May, 2010

NBA FINALS PREVIEW

DOUBTFUL PLEASURES

by JA Conde

The countdown to NBA Finals begins! A dream rematch for the ages. A timeless rivalry¬† no one cannot watch. Two teams collide for one trophy. And this year, two teams who are already familiar in this stage will face each other again——–the Boston Celtics and the defending NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.

A NOSTALGIC RECAP

Both teams have already faced each other, with Celtics winning majority of the series, and the last one was in 2008 wherein the Celtics won the title in 6 crucial games, which saved the team’s identity and integrity, thanks to its then-two new players——Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen along with the improving Paul Pierce.

OVERVIEW

This season, both teams have 1-apiece during head-to-head match up. The first game was Kobe’s game while the second game belongs to the C’s, who defeated the Kobe-less Lakers by a point last February. Now the question is, can the C’s (short term for Celtics) win it all even they never defeated the Kobe-dominated Lakers or the Lakers repeat?

This season, the Lakers were one of the top picks to win the bacon this year by getting the services of Ron Artest being the defensive ace of  the Lakers. As expected, the Lakers climbed to the top as they ended having 57-25 during that season. In the playoffs, they faced three undarrated opponents in Oklahoma City Thunder (who appeared in the postseason for the first time), Utah Jazz, and Phoenix Suns, whom they finally deafeted in a series since that 2007 1st round turmoil.

Celtics, on the other hand were in the verge of bringing back their pride and prove the doubters regarding the One-hit wonders. First was to get veteran asset Rasheed Wallace to strengthen the bench. At first, they were in perfect form until some players were hounded by injuries and age. Losing streaks and defeats to lesser-known teams began to appear as instead of a 6o-win season, they ended up 50-32 instead. In the playoffs, they single-handedly defeated the Miami Heat led by Dwayne Wade in 5 games. Next round was a very challenging as they faced the best NBA team this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they were surprisingly knocked out by the C’s in the East Semis in 6 games thanks to the improvement of unsung player Rajon Rondo. The next level was the Eastern Conference finals, this time facing the then-defending East Conf. champions Orlando Magic, and the first three games belonged to Celtics until the Magic got their correct spell as they won the next two before Nate Robinson closed the series in Game 6.

PREDICTION: CELTICS IN 7 DREADFUL GAMES

Honestly, it is very hard to choose between the two teams since they are well-balanced teams as far as I know. But with this, the C’s might win their 18th title, and we’ve seen them knocking out the best NBA players in town——Wade, James, Howard and now Bryant, let’s just see if they can bet this scoring machine. One more key in Celtics’ en route to the Finals is the improving Rajon Rondo, who eventually became an asset in the system of Coach Doc Rivers, remember his triple-double performance during hthe Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals? Now that’s my proof! He might overplay the aging Derek Fisher, who in fairness is also an asset to Lakers’ 4 NBA championships in the past decade.

And lastly, expect Celtics’ defense and its powerful bench core to make Kobe miserable in seven crucial games.

CONCLUSION

Now this series has many questions that will be asked in this series. Let’s enjoy the series and see the thrill of the NBA finals exclusively on Solar TV and BTV. Game 1 is in Friday Morning. Rumos are circulating that Alex Compton will be assigned to cover the NBA finals as broadcasters in the Philippines. No final line-up is confirmed. In the next few days, I’ll tweet it and check this site for further details.

UBUNTU!

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PBA UPDATE.

Sorry, late post! Photo courtesy of GMA News and PBA online.

* First off, three teams were involved in another blockbuster trade as it recieved many negative responses. Here’ the said trade via James Ty III’s facebook account:

Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes to Talk n’
Text. Ali Peek, Nic Belasco, Yousif Aljamal, Ogie Menor and Pong
Escobal move to Sta. Lucia while Mark Isip joins Barako Coffee.

* And lastly, Alaska Aces veteran Jeffrey Cariaso has hung up his sneakers after 15 years of PBA stint with Alaska, Mobiline, Tanduay and Coca-Cola wherein he has won several achievements including the 1995 Rookie of the Year award and the 2002 PBA AFC Best Player of the Conf. award.

He insists that he wants to retire in style, by forcing himself to join the Aces’ reserve list. He persuaded Coach Tim Cone to do this.

So long, Jeff! A true-blue Ace and certainly, a winner without a doubt. His Coca-Cola jersey was retired last May 19 while his Alaska jersey will retire him by mid-June.

ELECTION THOUGHTS

ELEKSYON2010

DOUTBTFUL PLEASURES
by JA Conde
May 10, 2010, a busy and tiring day for most of our fellow countrymen. This is the “D-day” for most of the asping candidates who wanted to try some of the most respective positions in our beloved country. These people deserve what they wanted as this election serves as a new era for our county, the 15th congress to be exact.

This is our first automated national elections and to be honest, this is quite challenging for most of us. Why? Because we are very doubtful if the PCOS machine from Smartmatic works functionally well as we’ve seen in the news, some don’t even work well, but despite some problems occurring, this marks a brand new style in voting as voting goes easier unlike before, you need to memorize the names of candidates.

D-DAY/ COVERAGE
As I woke up after a long day celebrating the big day for my mom, I quickly watched the “high-tech and very innovative coverage” of ABS-CBN as they would usually show news on some candidates for “head of state” voting, or sometimes the PCOS machine. And so as other networks, who has really prepared well for this coverage, especially the “very credible” GMA-7. Talk about the augmented reality and the touch-screen technology that already exists with CNN, especially during the 2008 US elections which featured incumbent US Pres. Barack Obama vs. John McCain. To be honest, GMA has the credibility while ABS-CBN has the technology which is pretty obvious.

RUNDOWN
As the transmission of number of votes begin, a number of surprises happened.

First, Jejomar Binay topped Mar Roxs for the VP position. This was the biggest to date to the extent that Roxas led the surveys all the way to the v-day. What made Binay beat Roxas? His endorsement to the “very dependable” Chiz Escudero, who has recently betryed Joseph Estrada, who has evolved him into a politician and the creator of NoyBi movement. This really says that Escudero is an effective endorser.

Second, Edu Manzano got a thousand of votes. Man, I didn’t even expect Manzano getting the appeal of the people, I just thought he would get 500 votes since this guy was just a waste. At the prime of his career, Gibo would get him as his “VP” (or should I say, Gibo’s “recruited endorser”) and made Manzano’s perfect career would come to an end (I just heard in the news that if he ever loses, his showbiz career is over). Bust.

And last but not the least, KBL presidential bet, Vetellano Acosta surprisingly got as many votes as he didn’t expect. You might remember that he was disqualified by his own VP bet, broadcaster-commentator Jay Sonza because Acosta himself was a nuisance candidate and wasn’t even a registered voter. Well those votes are supposedly counted to Noynoy Aquino, since he himself also had a mistake. We all know that his ads mostly contains of his legacy with his parents and some sort of black propaganda, why didn’t he declare his ballot number? Was it because he’s having too much pride of his parents or what? I suggest to the COMELEC (especially James Jimenez, ehem) to count Acosta’s votes and give to Aquino since their surname stars with the same letter.

As for the senatoriables, most of them were re-electionists, and only two were (so far, as of 11PM) newbies——Marcos and Guingona. Some don’t even deserve a position, especially Lapid and Revilla, who has done nothing and just won because of fame as action stars despite both having a political experience. Uugh, now this is really life.

And who can forget Erap not voting Binay? Accoring to him, it was just an “old-Senior citizen mistake” as he incidentally forgotten him. He even forgot to vote for his own son and one of PMP’s senatoriables. Man, I’d rather doubt about this.

OUTLOOK
Now this is just the first day, fate would change in the next few days, as we say, in the end of the day, we’re still people and this is still life. Hope to have a peaceful and sober elections!

(NOTE: My views and expressed opinions are not reflected by the people who are involved in this elections.)

MAYWEATHER STAYS UNDEFEATED BY DEFEATING MOSLEY

41-0. That is Mayweather’s record today as he stays undefeated by knocking out “Sugar” Shane Mosley in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday evening (Sunday noon in RP time) after an unanimous decision. They finished the fight in 12 rounds.

Now their fight has ended, he convinces co-boxer Manny Pacquiao by having a urine/blood test. It may be possible that Pacquiao might be his next opponent (his 42th one).

-JAC

LATE PBA UPDATE: MILLER GOES TO BGK, BAGUIO GOES TO ALASKA

Photo by Nelson Beltran of The STAR. Copyright 2010.

by JA Conde

PBA TRADE UPDATE: One of the most shocking trades has happened in the 35 years of PBA basketball. Last Tuesday, Alaska Aces’ Willie Miller was shipped to Barangay Ginebra Kings in exchange for Cyrus Baguio, who has landed to Alaska.

This trade created a noise in the Philippine sports headlines as many were disappointed with this trade. According to the said trade, it was Miller who requested the trade to move him to another franchise, which he has been requesting for years now. Alaska team manager Joaqui Trillo said that he wa will miss Miller but in a way, he already accepts the trade, since Miller himself organized the trade.

Ironically, Miller and Baguio were former teammates in the 2003 Barako squad in the PBA. Miller was a rising star then while Baguio was still a benchwarmer fresh from his college stint in UST, he was still learning the ropes of the Professional game then (along with his uncle/teacher, Ric-Ric Marata, who recently died due to an organ failure).

LEBRON WINS 2ND NBA MVP

For the first time in four years, another NBA player has won a back-to-back NBA MVP since Steve Nash (2004-05, 2005-06). The King himself, LeBron James won his second consecutive NBA MVP yesterday.

Now 25,who averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season, will receive the trophy this Sunday (Monday morning in RP time) at the University of Akron in Ohio for the second time in his life (Note that he won his first at the same venue a year ago). He will join Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash as the only NBA players who won consecutive NBA MVPs in several years.