Notes on Pringle, Pacquiao

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Peter Cariño

Conrad M. Cariño

I normally do not watch the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft live on television, but since the television at the office was tuned in to that event last Sunday I decided out of curiosity to see how it unfolded (Sorry, I am not a fanatical PBA fan even if I have been watching some great games and developments from the Filipino pro league since the days of Ramon Fernandez and Bernie Fabiosa).

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Unlike last year’s PBA draft which saw the much heralded entry of the towering Greg Slaughter into the league, this year’s en- try ceremony for newcomers generated interest from draft picks who would play the point guard position: Stanley Pringle and Manny Pacquiao.

Pringle is the No. 1 draft pick in the first round and is not a “giant” from the standpoint of professional basketball since he stands 6’1.” Pringle, who studied at Pennsylvania State in the United States, will play the position of point guard for GlobalPort Batang Pier. So was there a chapter in PBA history when a rookie playing the point guard position whip up a storm? That was in 1983 when Ricardo Brown of Puerto Rican descent led the Great Taste team to a finals appearances alongside the gallant efforts of pure shooter Bogs Adornado and center Manny Victorino. Brown almost won the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player award in the same year he debuted in the pro league. Anyway, he was named MVP in 1985.

The past PBA seasons has seen giants steal much of the limelight in the pro league, and we are talking here of the likes of Slaughter, June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar. And there are now a lot of players standing between 6’4” and 6’6” in the pro league. So if Pringle kicks up a storm in his first season, that would show that the “little guys” in the league must also be given attention and accolades.

But when it comes to “little guys” kicking up a storm in the pro league, many will be expecting something spectacular from boxing icon and former top pound-for-pound boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who was listed at 5’6” and will be one of the two cagers in the PBA with that height.

Pacquiao was surprisingly drafted in the first round at No. 11, and his team Kia Sorentos naturally snared him (what else could you expect?).

There are some quarters who would love to chastise Pacquiao for joining the PBA at a time when his boxing career is on its last legs, but I’ll bet you that his first appearance in the pro league will surely be anticipated by thousands of his fans and curious PBA followers.

What I do not want to see is by the end of the 2014 PBA season is the Kia brand of Pacquiao’s team will stand for “killed in action.” You know what I mean—the Kia Sorentos ending up in the cellar with Pacquiao getting bashed for that.

With the new PBA season set to unfold, two big questions come into my mind: will Pringle be able to kick up a storm similar to what Brown did in 1983? (I am wishing he would); and will Pacquiao find a “new” and promising career in the PBA, even if it is for three to four years? (I am praying for that). Good luck!

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  1. Roldan Guerrero on

    I am an avid fan of Manny Pacquiao in boxing and even made personal foes due to my strong support on him and continued insistence that he is the best boxer in his class. However BASKETBALL is different and in the Pro League just like PBA, rookies or draftees come from universities and colleges wherein most of them are individual talents of the schools they are enrolled of the sports called basketball. In the case of Manny Pacquiao, who came out of nowhere, talking of educational background. Of course in boxing, an illiterate may do the job as long as he is physically fit and has the power to knock his opponent out. He must be however, as he says he wont do anything he cant perform well, and another historical achievement to brag being the oldest rookie, the smallest ever player in the league, and the first playing coach the PBA will ever have, and the last but not the least, the least educated,having finished grade 4 in the elementary. Mr. Pacquiao has almost messed everything with boxing, he has succesfully degraded the political system of this country as a congressman ( I wonder if he knows the meaning of the word CONGRESSMAN neither he knows the job of a person being one) Being very popular in one field of sports is not a passport to get something you want because of financial capability. It must be best to follow what other popular sportsmen are doing, as most prefer distancing themselves in the limelight. WHAT MANNY PACQUIAO SHOULD DO THAT IS BEST FOR HIM IS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, re-enroll in the grade school. finish it then proceed to secondary education rather than wasting money and time that would not help him at all! If he did not know the value of education or he just did not mind knowing that education is the best thing anyone must have, its not yet too late for him to embrace the painful truth!

  2. Pacman is good for PBA business….PBA fans will have to face-off the KIA-led by-Mommy Dionisia new PBA crowd ( with her BF in tow of course ). New PBA crowd means new watchers of games ( good for gate receipts and TV ad )…and new excitements plus gossips about the MOM for ALL SEASONS…to unfold in PBA…cheap nyo ha pero hats off ako sa person na may idea nito…that is one great marketing.

    Next great thinking…ask me for free.

    • Pacquiao is not qualified to play basketball in the pro’s, period!!!! The owner of the team just need him to bring people to the game for money purposes. He is to small and untalented to play the game. There is no question that he is good in boxing but not good enough in basketball.