More basketball talk

I was watching a replay of a PBA (Phil. Basketball Association) game yesterday and one of the commentators mentioned that Nelson Asaytono is the oldest player this conference at 38. That struck me as odd as I remembered a time when a lot of players that should have retired ages ago were still playing, and some of them not even playing well.

I saw the lineup of the teams this conference and they are all uniformly solid. The players are not only getting younger, but better. A lot of good players from the UAAP (University Athletics Association of the Phils.), the PBL (Phil. Basketball League), and some new Fil-Ams are joining the pro league this season. Hopefully, they’ll be able to revive interest in the PBA, as lately, people have been finding collegiate basketball more exciting to watch (not that there’s anything bad about that). But that’s not to say that the PBA “vets” are getting shabby as the some of them, like the two Dannys of San Miguel: Danny Ildefonso and Danny Seigle, aren’t anywhere past their prime.

A lot of the old players have moved on to join their team’s coaching staff, however, or are now coaching college teams. So the teams are left with the most able-bodied young players available.

And if you notice, there are a lot of big names and “stars” this conference. Every player is basically fighting for playing time because even those who aren’t in the first five of their teams are good. This can only be a good thing. I’m really looking forward to an excellent basketball season.

PBA’s official site

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