Thursday, March 10, 2011

Butiki Bullets: Thursday March 10

  • Meralco is replacing import Tony Dandridge with Chamberlain Oguchi, a former college teammate of the Phoenix Suns' Aaron Brooks with a reputation as a shooter. While I agree with Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio that they need a shooter to spread the floor for Mac Cardona and Sol Mercado, I think they could really use a more defensive-minded import capable of protecting the paint. The Bolts have a really ugly Defensive Rating (that is, points allowed per 100 possessions) of 107.5 and have combined for only 4 blocks in three games. There are 7 local players who have blocked 4 or more this conference for other teams.
  • Did Danny Ildefonso use 'The Secret' to acquire Rabeh Al-Hussaini for the San Miguel Beermen? Mico Halili quotes Al-Hussaini: "First time makalaban ko San Miguel as a rookie, kausap ako ni Danny Ildefonso. Sabi niya, 'Sana sa amin ka na lang.' Tapos second time, nakalaro ko na naman siya, sabi niya, 'Alam mo dapat sa amin ka na lang talaga eh.' Sabi ko, 'Idol 'wag naman ganyan parang hindi pa yata pwede.' Tapos itong last game namin, nung tinalo namin sila, sabi niya sa akin pabiro, 'Huwag ka na maglaro, sa amin ka na.' Tapos unang practice ko with San Miguel, sabi niya sa akin, 'Sabi ko sa'yo eh, dito ka mapupunta eh."
  • If you haven't been paying attention, this has been a really exciting conference. With only 6 playoff spots up for grabs, and just a single round-robin tourney to earn it, every single game matters. Then add to that the replacement of whipping boys Barako Bull by the currently unbeaten Smart Gilas team, and the blockbuster SMB-Air21 trade and suddenly, the league has become so much more competitive. 3 weeks in and we've already seen six games decided by three points or less, and a couple of upsets including a pre-trade Air21 win over San Miguel, a Powerade victory over B-Meg and an early shocker by Gilas over recent champs Talk N Text. Exciting stuff here, folks.

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