Need Your Assistance: Getting my YouTube Channel to 1000 Subscribers (May 16, 2020)

As a precursor to some things that I’ve been slowly working on behind-the-scenes, Youtube.com is requiring a minimum of 1000 subscribers to activate its mobile streaming function.

With your support, I’ll be able to provide more content once the threshold is reached.

To subscribe, click here to go directly to the Youtube Channel.

Stay safe and thank you in advance!


The Tedi31 Podcast: Interview with Noel Zarate (June 8, 2020)

Noel shares his Larry Joe Bird experience during The Tedi31 Podcast.  I hate to admit it, but I’m jealous.

In Season 1 | Episode 11 of The Tedi31 Podcast with Dr. Tedi Villasor, Tedi speaks with veteran sportscaster Noel Zarate.  Zarate, along with several other local sportscasters, established the Center for Sports Communication (CSC) [2001] and Newbies Broadcasting Academy [2018].  In 2020, he hosts “An Eternity of Basketball” podcast along with Atty. Charlie T. Cuna and Sid Ventura.

During our conversation, Noel shared how he got into the field of radio and television broadcasting, his experience calling the 2013 NBA Global Games at the Mall of Asia Arena, thoughts on the ESPN 10-part documentary: The Last Dance, the July 2020 NBA restart, and stories about NBA Greats like Dennis Rodman, Larry Joe Bird, Steve Nash, Luc Longley, and the late Kobe Bean Bryant.

You can follow Noel on Instagram.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

You can also check out our conversation on my YouTube Channel.

Impromptu Chat with the Basketball Coaches (May 31, 2020)

Roundtable discussion with the coaches: Ariel Vanguardia, Rassel Racelis, Paolo Pagkalinawan, Ezequiel Valles, and me.

With the rescheduling of the Online Charity Auction benefiting Freelance Basketball Coaches, several of the participating coaches, Coach Ariel, and I spent the rest of the session touching on a myriad of topics:

20:12 mark – Thoughts on the restart of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

28:45 mark – Possible NBA return date.

32:30 mark – Which among the professional sports will start first?

33:10 mark – Will this be the last LeBron James championship run?

33:56 mark – GOAT (Greatest of All-Time) discussion. Continue reading “Impromptu Chat with the Basketball Coaches (May 31, 2020)”

Hoop Coaches International Webinar – Day 18 (May 22, 2020)

Day 17Tonight’s Hoop Coaches International Webinar at 8:00 pm will feature current 76ers assistant coach John Bryant.

Coach Bryant will talk about player development in the National Basketball Association (NBA).


Meeting The Quick Brown Fox: Ricardo “Ricky” Brown (July 12, 2012)

The 3rd Floor Midtown Wing of Robinson’s Place – Manila was the site of Ricardo Brown’s first (of three) Meet & Greet events.Note

Note: Originally published in my old blog back in July 12, 2012.

After several months of preparation, PBA legend Ricardo “Ricky” Brown returned to the Philippines for the first time in almost 22 years in order to reconnect with his local fans as well as to be recognized by the league as a PBA Hall of Famer and one of its 25 Greatest Players.

With the exception of a single game—his last in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)—I never really had the opportunity to truly appreciate the basketball talents of Ricky Brown.

But it was memorable and one that I can still remember to this day.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 1990’-91’ Season

As I write this, it is hard to believe that my love affair with the game of basketball began 22 long years ago. I was about 13 at that time and had started to fervently follow Asia’s first play-for-pay league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

From what I can recall of that 1990’-91’ season, the league was coming off the 1989 Grand Slam of the San Miguel Beer (SMB) franchise—a team accomplishes a “Grand Slam” if they are able to win all three conference championships in a single season—and that there were high expectations that the club would defend all of their titles that coming season.

My 92′ & 93′ PBA Annuals | Photo opportunity with Principal Ricardo “Ricky” Brown | Photo credit (lower photo): Paolo Alvendia

However, with SMB players comprising one-third of the all-professional Philippine national basketball team sent to compete in the Beijing Asian Games that September, the club had to make do without a number of their mainstays.

That was, until another member of their championship squad returned from the United States during the PBA’s Third Conference—Ricardo Brown.

As a basketball and PBA neophyte, I knew very little of the man known to many as “The Quick Brown Fox.” But with the help of very informative pre-game videos from Vintage Sports—the PBA’s television coverage partner at that time—I would come to know Brown as a decorated player with a high basketball IQ.

And in his return game, it seemed like he didn’t miss a beat despite the long layoff.

Again from memory, he scored 25 points and connected on 5 three-point shots that late afternoon. I also think he finished with about 7 assists.

Continue reading “Meeting The Quick Brown Fox: Ricardo “Ricky” Brown (July 12, 2012)”

Hoop Coaches International Webinar – Day 17 (May 20, 2020)

Day 16Catch tonight’s Hoop Coaches International Webinar at 10:00 pm with the former Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap.

The Tedi31 Podcast: Interview with Allan Caidic (May 18, 2020)

Allan Caidic
One of the topics that PBA Hall of Famer Allan Caidic and I talked about was the flow state.

For (Season 1 | Episode 10) of The Tedi31 Podcast with Dr. Tedi Villasor, I had the opportunity to talk with one of the most decorated players every to grace the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)–The Triggerman: Allan Caidic.

Coach Allan is a 5-time member of the Philippine National Team, a member of the PBA’s 25 and 40 greatest players of all-time, a PBA Hall of Famer (Class of 2009), and author (My Life: Allan Caidic The Triggerman [2006]).

During our conversation, Coach Allan touched on a number of topics: From his basketball influences, to his pre-game regiments, and even his motivational benchmarks during his playing career.

As he looks towards the future, Coach Allan lets us in on his next move.

You can follow Coach Allan on Instagram.

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You can also check out our conversation on my YouTube Channel.

Hoop Coaches International Webinar – Day 15 (May 15, 2020)

Day 15 1

Day 15 2During the evening webinar, we got to talk with Blackwater Elite team owner Mr. Dioceldo Sy and CEO of the East Asia League (EASL) Mr. Matt Beyer.  Beyer, who used to work for the Milwaukee Bucks, is now based in Hong Kong and speaks Mandarin.