What a year of hoops.
2014 saw Filipino ballers take to the highest stage of international competition. After decades of absence, we return to the FIBA World Cup, heck, we even took a game, to say nothing of scaring the daylights out of the other squads in our group.
We also began to see more and more Fil-Ams find their rhythm, be at the high school level, the collegiate level, and at the pro level.
And of course, we Pinoys still manage to laugh at ourselves every now and then, because after all, hoops is a game, and we play for fun, right?
Here are the top posts of 2014. Thank you for sticking with us. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.
They said it couldn’t be done, but then…it nearly did. In the very first game of the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines dragged Croatia into OT, and nearly forced another extra five minutes. It was unexpected. It was thrilling. And as it turned out, it was only the start.
It would have been amazing.
A Fil-Am playing on the same team as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love? Possibly making some key contributions?
Of course, as we all know, Holt was cut, and now plays ball over in Europe. That’s okay though, I guess, since the Cavs aren’t exactly steam-rolling everyone like we though they would.
We’re not exactly sure what the heck Kiefer was doing here, but when you’re the reigning UAAP MVP, I guess you can high-five anyone you feel like, including invisible creatures.
Kobe Paras has the potential to really make it big. By “big” we mean key rotation dude on an NCAA squad that’s looking to go deep into the March Madness tourney. By “big” we mean possibly getting drafted into the NBA. By “big” we mean unleashing monstrous slams in the dunk contest.
It’s a lot of pressure, to be balling with the eyes of an entire country watching you, but so far, so good for Kobe.
Despite FIBA giving the a-ok, the Asian Games committee ultimately prevented Blatche from suiting up. And what followed was a disappointing campaign, coming on the heels of a successful FIBA World Cup stint. It was an huge example of just how quickly things can turn in sports, and it was also a kick to the groin to fans everywhere.
You just know Marc Pingris is going to go into acting when his hoops career is over.
Also, it’s great fun to watch the Gilas dudes just hanging out, enjoying each others’ company, ain’t it?
The Filipino can dunk, we have visual proof.
It’s fitting that this essay by Nikko Ramos rounds out our top-10. 2014 saw some great highs for Pinoy hoops, but there were also some frustrating lows as well. But through it all, how we felt about hoops didn’t change. Basketball is just too engrained in our psyche. There’ll be frustrating moments, missed baskets, no-calls, and unexpected stumbles, but you know what? We’ll always keep coming back. #FLOTG