I agree. That's why Parks IS this year's MVP.
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I agree. That's why Parks IS this year's MVP.
at the same time, walang magawang adjustment ang mga Pumaren sa zone defense. alam naman nila na walang consistent na shooter ang DLSU pero wala pa din adjustments na nangyari.
if you are to ask me, i want DLSU to move beyond the Pumaren era. it's time for our team to embrace change, and adopt a new system that will not only recognize those changes in the sport but will also encourage individual player training and development. sobrang dependent sa innate talent ang Pumaren system na hindi na nahinog ang players because walang programa for individual player training and development bukod sa walang team chemistry.
Marata had a lot of open shots taken beyond the arc at karamihan hindi pumapasok. Come to think of it, most of the players who played last year played better than this year. With the arrival of Van Opstal and Torres, Mendoza and Paredes were relegated to coming off the bench. Siguro kung hindi na injure si Andrada DLSU might have had a chance with the final four.
With regards to the Pumaren system and their FC press, I believe that they used this system long enough for coaches to devise a way to counterattack it. Norman Black pioneered this kind of counterattack in season 70. It's also very tiring for a team to be doing FC press all throughout the game. This takes a lot out of your players. The Pumarens just never thought of ways to improve this system. It then led to their downfall.
Hopefully, Franz doesn't bring the FC press in the PBA with his new team Shopinas. PBA coaches and players are just too experienced and smart. If college coaches and players know how to break the Pumaren FC press, professional coaches and players would find it easier to do so.
@ roundtablepizza: our players could have realized their full potential if only we had better coaches.
If you talk about predictions next season, any talk of Dlsu in the picture will become irrelevant (like it hasn't been in the past 3 years).
Ateneo has weathered all rebuilding by other schools (even denying them their last buses --- UE and FEU, Adu's case was helped by Feu) and trampled what should have been a 'dynasty' (and should have at least hang tough after the last of their wins, I'm talking about Dlsu. We all know it hasn't done that since its pathetic fall from the throne).
You now get the same feeling with Ateneo that it will be back to its stature of the old where and when a different school will always be contesting for the championship against it (and its rival would just be a bystander waiting for its intermittent chances on the side). That's how it was in the old league, and that's how it's gonna be for the next years. Ateneo just took back what was rightfully theirs by virtue of history.
Add to the dlsu roster the super phenomenon mark tallo
How can talk of DLSU be irrelevant if La Salle if it is still very much part of the league? No cellar dweller has ever become irrelevant much less a team with a winning tradition and a fierce rivalry. Ateneo frequently made headlines even during their dark ages.
In case you were born yesterday, they have taken steps to address the debacle of 2011 and the initial steps paved the way for the return of Billionaire backers.
While there are some in the league who think you can buy a championship with money, I certainly don't agree. What makes the return of backers like Danding to La Salle is that like MVP, they part with their money only if it will be well spent. I fully understand if he withheld his support the last few years when Pumaren et. al. would have wasted it.
No sir, La Salle isn't irrelevant. With money well spent, they can and will surprise especially people like you who have written them off as irrelevant.
Yet overconfidence has tripped Ateneo way too often in the past for players and fans to fall complacent now. It is Ateneo's sense of history which assures teams of today from being overconfident. It is also that same sense of history that makes victory such as the current one now just as sweet.
All good streaks are meant to fall. This I assure you, even the current one in basketball. So the sooner one gets it into his head that this can and will happen, the sooner he is able to prepare to delay it.
Mark Tallo has a history of jumping ships. So best of luck to a harmonious relationship between Tallo and La Salle.
True! Streaks will eventually end. That's how it goes. Bilog ang bola.
However, I have a feeling Ateneo's streak will last for at least another year, if not longer.
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On top of that... he could have had a championship ring and experience had he not shifted sides. Sikat na sana siya. His name could have been appearing in tabloids, newspapers, and blogs.
Try as they might but La Salle will never be back in their championship form unless they do away with the Pumaren system and with Tonichi Ytturi.
BUT if there's one thing that will be constant, and this i feel is sure, is Ateneo's consistency. the Blue Eagles will be a contender FOREVER(or till the world ends, whichever comes first).
in the future, there will be seasons, that Ateneo wont be the champions, but they will be there in the Final4 if not finals, fighting it out for that coveted trophy. Ateneo has tasted the sweet, sweet taste of success and that taste is addictive. Ateneo will never let go and will fight year in and year out to keep it.
I know Ateneo is still a contender next season. But if Slaughter, Monfort and Long don't play for them next season, will they be as strong next season? I think they'd be a top 2-3 team, but they are IMO not a lock at the top spot. For me, baka magfirst pa ang FEU with their team still intact and I heard about their new recruits.
NU naman, parks will be in his secnd year. He'd be a better player next season, kind of scary since he was already MVP in his first year. And NU also have one of the best group of recruits next season. I think they'd definitely be a top 3-4 team next season. Remember that they almost were just one game away from making the final four, if not for the late choke job against UST. And they were able to compete at shoulder to shoulder against both ADU and FEU. They also beat both DLSU and UST, who were fighting to get a win, in their last two games.
UST and DLSU are still solid. Camus is graduating. That will leave a big hole in their team. DLSU still lacks a star player, but they are still a tough opponent due to their team's depth.
Adamson naman, I think they'd be in a rebuilding year. I might be wrong but a lot of their key guys are graduating. I do see them entering the phase like what UE had with Acibar and Paul Lee.
FEU and Ateneo battling for top 2
NU top 3
UST, DLSU, and Adamson for top 4-6
UP and UE for the last two spot
I'm not really familiar with the final line-up of other teams except maybe for NU, so this is just my assumption.
Even Norman Black and other top coaches admit that he is impressive and that he might not get your nod for MVP he might be the league's top player or the league's most productive player.
Again how was he a ballhog? When he scores EFFICIENTLY, averaging 20ppg in just 187 FGA. And he is top 9 in assists per game. And you also have to consider that he's playing alongside, an injured MBE, no scorers and just role players (can be justified with scoring inefficiency) and 9 rookies.
1) He has to bring NU to finish better than 5th. In fact, many point out that it doesnt make sense that last year's MVP runner up and this year's MVP managed to win 1 less game than the previous campaign with arguably a weaker lineup. The main difference is the lack of offensive and defensive teamwork when Parks plays.
2) He has to be able to make Mbe and the rest of the Bulldogs look good while on the playing court. Instead, I can cite several times when NU looked better while he was sitting on the bench.
3) Many times, he scored 10+ points within a quarter. Normally impressive unless you realize he did that during garbage time rather than crunch time. If you study those games, he practically was shut down when the opposing team's starting and second five was playing. He should be scoring when the team needs it. More importantly, he should be getting teammates to score when the team needs it.
Last edited by Milo96; Oct 3, 2011 at 01:09 PM.