sayang hindi nagamit si japeth nung game vs jordan
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sayang hindi nagamit si japeth nung game vs jordan
if this gilas team fails to make it to the top 4 in the next FIBA TOURNAMENT, it will be the last time toroman gets to rent Aguilar from burger king.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
No. 1 pick Japeth to Burger King off?
by Rick Olivares
JAPETH AGUILAR, the No. 1 draft pick, reportedly would not be donning a Burger King (BK) jersey after all in the coming 35th season of the Philippine Basketball Association.
The Business Mirror learned that Aguilar’s negotiations with BK management on Wednesday bogged down. Aguilar reportedly does not chart his basketball career. Ex-pro Peter, his father, and Ronnie Nathanielsz, a newspaper columnist and sports broadcaster who is said to be his manager, do the negotiating.
The six-foot-10, 22-year-old Aguilar, the Business Mirror learned further, would instead play for Smart Gilas, a developmental team being honed for the 2011 continental championship that would determine Asia’s representative to the 2012 London Olympics.
Interestingly, telecommunications tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, who funds the Smart Gilas team, is a part-owner of Burger King. He is also president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which has the Smart Gilas in its long-term programs.
Aguilar hurt by coach’s snub in FIBA tilt?
By WAYLON GALVEZ
August 27, 2009, 5:35pm
Japeth Aguilar remained unheard from after reports circulated that 6-foot-10 former Ateneo Blue Eagle who was drafted first overall in the recent PBA draft by Burger King might dump his team Burger King and join the all-amateur Smart-Gilas national development team of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
The report was triggered by his refusal to sign a contract with Burger King which has offered him the maximum P8.7-million over three years.
The reason, according to sources, is not about money. Rather, it was the way he was treated by the Philippine team coaching staff headed by Yeng Guiao during the FIBA-Asia championship in China.
If this were true, it would be ironic since it was Guiao who insisted on Burger King management to take him as No. 1 overall pick.
Aguilar, who has been courted heavily by both the PBA and the SBP, was said to be unhappy over his limited playing time during the FIBA-sponsored tournament.
Calls to Aguilar to confirm the reports were not answered. Burger King official and PBA chairman Lito Alvarez and coach Yeng Guiao also could not be reached for comment.
SBP executive-director Noli Eala said they have not been in contact with the Western Kentucky University standout, although he had said earlier that the SBP door is wide open for Aguilar.
“We have no comment on that,” Eala said. “We have not talked to Japeth, or his father Peter (Aguilar), or his representatives.”
A number of prized rookies have signed contracts with their respective teams, including Rico Maierhofer of Purefoods and Jervy Cruz of Rain or Shine.
Aguilar had been offered a three-year deal by the SBP to join Smart-Gilas before the draft, but he opted to join the PBA last August 1.
In the event he does not sign with Burger King, Aguilar, will be barred from playing with any PBA ballclub, but he can play with any other team outside of the PBA.
^^^ that's a blessing in disguise..sana tuloy tuloy na ang pagbackout nya, leave the pba, you'll be better w/ smart gilas..
akala ko ba injured sya noon?
While it'd be a "blessing" if Aguilar suits up for Gilas instead for BK, I'm a bit concerned with how the SBP and PBA's relationship will become with this incident. Sure, people will say that it is Aguilar's decision whatever happens but you can't take away the element that SBP and PBA were used as "pawns in a tug-of-war" for his services. Mahirap ito. For the sake of Philippine basketball, sana maayos lahat ito. Mahirap na magkaroon ng division between the SBP and the PBA, a major stakeholder.
I like Smart Gilas but I think rescinding a professional promise is a bad idea. It will only create more bad blood between the SBP and its enemies affiliated with the PBA, which could encourage more attempts to sabotage the Gilas program. And it’s not as if the SBP needs Japeth that badly. Japeth helps a lot in the short term but if Gilas is presumably worth its salt over the longer period, then it should be able to recruit and develop talent as part of its mandate.
Tampo si Aguilar kay Kalbo for benching him in the last FIBA-Asia Tournament..
but banning Aguilar for not signing is totally unfair for the kid. the team can mercilessly cut a player, but when the table turns against them, they threaten sanctions such as this against the player. that's totally one sided.
IMHO Aguilar is not yet "governed" by the PBA laws because he have yet to sign, that's why he have all the right to refuse whatever he was offered him.
I think it’s more than just a “tampo” as that would be too petty a reason to throw a sucker punch at both BK and the PBA. I’m guessing Japeth may have had several motivations, including: (1) he may be harboring thwarted plans of joining the NBA or a Euro club someday and he wants to leverage on the international exposure with Gilas and Toroman’s possible connections in the NBA and Europe and/or (2) he thinks he is so good that the PBA will have to open its doors to him when he pleases, whether it likes him or not.
But as I said, this is a distraction that SBP doesn’t need and shouldn’t have gotten itself into.
in any case, there's no rule in the PBA-by-Laws (according to spin doctor ronnie nathanielz) reagrding banning of a draftee for not signing.
in fairness to SBP, they were the first one to offer him a contract reportedly equal to the maximum salary a PBA rookie can get. It was on the table even after JA decided to turn pro and be drafted. And eala was even quoted "we've moved on, walang pilitan sa min" when JA cast his name as a draft applicant. and in rick olivares of business mirror's blog, he reported that SBP didnt meddle with the negotiations and was hands-off in the aguilar issue when JA refused the first time
I actually have mixed feelings about him joining the national team instead of playing for coach kalb's BK squad. I mean I want him to join the national team and I think his presence there will improve the team's lineup especially in the front court. He is a very talented player with a lot of upside.
However what he did was a mark of unprofessionalism on his part, and merits a dangerous precedent for future first round draftees. Most importantly this tussle on the rights for JA might cause a rift on the relations between SBP and the PBA, who is one of the major stakeholders.
I am not judging Japeth's decision, the guy maybe 22 but he's mentality is that of a kid with little guidance who cannot make a decision for himself. What's worse is that his support system(family) are not in the Philippines to guide his actions, and instead being influence by his manager.
In my opinion, Japeth had this feeling that he was used by coach Kalb's. After months of media releases and pleading with the Aguilars that his presence in the Powerade team was a major factor, Yeng Guiao end up benching the kid and didnt let him play for reasons only coach Kalb's would know. I mean JA was the best performing player in the team at the Jones Cup, and benching him in the FIBA Asia merits at least an explanation on coach Yeng's part.
For me, I think Yeng's intention was really to woo Japeth Aguilar from the States so that he could persuade him to join the draft. That is why he pleaded with the Aguilars to let him join the team. And then when he was drafted, he benched him because he didnt want to injured his potential PBA star. He was protecting his investment. So now the kid's head is all messed up because he felt that coach Yeng violated his trust in him.
this what i was thinking.
siyempre gumana ang imahinasyon ko parnag ginamit lang ni yeng ang national team para makuha si aguilar hehe.
sa nba example si fran vazquez ng orlando magic. after magic nabbed him as the 9th overall sa rookie draft. he went to play sa europe instead of sa orlando. but once he decides to play sa nba.... magic holds the rights sa kanya.
baka ganyan din mangyari kay ricky rubio.
if that's the case pede ding gawin ni japeth yan.
unless MAGLAST MINUTE gumawa ng rule ang mga nasa pba na ban ek ek
correct me if im wrong, in the PBA, once a team failed to sign a draftee within the alloted period (say 2 months after the draft), the team loses its rights to the draftee. unlike in the NBA where teams hold rights for unsigned draftees for a number of years.
I'm happy for Aguilar because he'll learn a lot under coach Toroman.