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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)  and Newbies Broadcasting Academy . 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 ).
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.
During 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.