what is the difference between smart gilas and the powerade team?
Powerade Team Pilipinas was composed of an all-PBA squad but hardly had any preparation leading to the FIBA Asian Championships. The rest well, you know what happened then.Smart Gilas is a developmental Philippine national basketball team sponsored by Smart Communications and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). The team is bannered by collegiate and amateur standouts whose ultimate goal is to reach the 2012 London Olympics. The team, formed in early 2009 to instill a long term program for the Philippines men's national basketball team, is coached by former Iran national basketball team coach Rajko Toroman.
"I should have been informed!"
Jason Deutchman?? who is this guy?
New York Knicks guard and two-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson is part-Filipino. That’s the word from basketball writer Rafe Bartholomew who said Robinson’s mother Renee Busch confirmed the Filipino heritage although the roots are rather scant.
Robinson, 25, is one-eighth Filipino. His maternal great grandfather was pure Filipino, making his grandfather half and his mother a fourth. Whether that portion will qualify Robinson to play for coach Rajko Toroman’s Smart Gilas team is a question mark.
Technically, Robinson could be considered a Fil-Am or more like an Am-Fil. If he is issued a Filipino passport on that basis as a dual citizen, then the 5-9 human dynamo from Seattle qualifies to play for Gilas – not as a naturalized import but as a Filipino like Fil-Ams Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz.
Of course, Robinson has to agree to apply for a Filipino passport and play for Gilas.
Bartholomew, whose story on the Ateneo-La Salle basketball rivalry made it to the pages of the New York Times, said he recently wrote a profile on Robinson. He interviewed Robinson’s mother for his piece. “Pinoy daw ang lolo niya,” texted Bartholomew, an American, in Filipino from his US cellphone.
Robinson made the sports headlines last New Year’s Day for scoring 41 points to lead the Knicks to a 112-108 overtime win over Atlanta on the road. He shot 3-of-5 triples, grabbed six rebounds and dished off eight assists in 38 minutes off the bench.
What made the feat more remarkable was it was Robinson’s first game since sitting out 14 straight assignments in coach Mike D’Antoni’s doghouse. Robinson’s previous outing was on Dec. 1 when he went scoreless in 11 minutes against Phoenix. Before that forgettable contest, Robinson torched Orlando for 24 points last Nov. 29.
Two days after Robinson’s explosion at Atlanta, he collected six points, six rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes as New York downed Indiana, 132-89.
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So far this season, Robinson is averaging 12.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 23.2 minutes in 14 games without a single start. He has sat out 20 games, mainly because of disagreements with D’Antoni.
It’s not the first time that Robinson has been at odds with his coach. As a rookie in 2005-06, he clashed with former New York coach Larry Brown who seriously considered demoting him to the D-League before deciding instead to deactivate him for 10 games. Robinson was also involved in fights with teammates Jerome James and Malik Rose, a report claimed. James, by the way, is a 7-1 center and Rose, who once visited Manila, is a 6-7, 255-pound enforcer. How crazy is it for the 190-pound Robinson to engage James and Rose in what a report said were “physical altercations?”
Robinson’s feisty nature was affirmed when he brawled with Denver’s J. R. Smith in a game during the 2006-07 season. He was suspended 10 games by the NBA for his role in the fisticuffs.
Despite his attitude problems, Robinson is a fan favorite in the Big Apple. That’s because being undersized, he plays a lot taller than he is. Robinson never backs down from any challenge or anyone, for that matter, even if he’s seven-foot tall.
In The Star’s sport section last Jan. 3, there was a picture of Robinson scoring a layup over 6-10 Hawks center Al Horford. In case you missed the point, Horford stands over a foot taller than Robinson. The picture said it all.
Robinson averaged a career-high 17.2 points in 74 games last season, his third with the Knicks since turning pro. Yet, he couldn’t wangle more than a one-year extension from New York, straining relations with D’Antoni and management.
While Robinson was chained in D’Antoni’s doghouse, his agent Aaron Goodwin was quoted in media as saying he would press for a trade. Goodwin said the benching was personal and not basketball-related. Goodwin made his comments last Dec. 19.
The NBA later fined Robinson $25,000 for Goodwin’s statements. “Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly and are responsible for public statements relating to them made by their representatives,” said NBA spokesman Tim Frank.
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Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he would likely explore trade options for Robinson. But since his 41-point eruption, Robinson has changed his tune, saying, “I want the world to see I can play the game of basketball – this is where I want to be and I hope that I can stay... it’s a new year, a new start and I’m not looking back.”
Last season, New York ranked 14th of 15 Eastern Conference teams and missed the playoffs with a lowly 32-50 record. At the moment, the Knicks are 10th in the East with a 14-20 mark. The team got off to a horrible 1-9 start this campaign.
The oldest of seven children, Robinson lost a brother Deron Isaiah – a victim of sudden infant death syndrome – in 1997. Deron was born on May 21 so that it was significant, if not providential, that Robinson was the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He was the first University of Washington player to be chosen in the first round since Germany’s Chris Welp in 1987.
Robinson got his nickname “Krypto-Nate” when he jinxed Dwight Howard, also known as “Superman,” during the NBA Slam Dunk contest last year. The Knicks dynamo wore a green New York jersey, green shorts and green shoes to symbolize green “kryptonite” in dethroning Howard as the dunking champion.
Robinson’s mother operates a beauty salon in Seattle and lives in a three-storey house. His father Jacque played football for the University of Washington. It was his father who convinced him to give up football for basketball in 2002.
Robinson is listed at 5-9 wearing shoes but is actually a shade under 5-8 on his bare feet. He has a vertical leap of 43.5 inches and dunked for the first time, using a volleyball, when he was 13 in the eighth grade.
Robinson has two sons Nahmier, 5, and Ny’ale Camron, 3. In the New York media guidebook, there is no mention of his wife or the mother of his children.
Where would tryouts be for the national team and would they be open to the public? i would love to watch!
as I said .... maybe, nothing formal yet. then Coach T do things differently. If ever new prospects might have to go through what is happening right now .... the on-job tryouts that the Fil-fors Chris Lutz, Sean Anthony, Marcio Lassiter, Seb Salinas and Matt Schmectig had endured. Since the Core group of players had been formed and a system is already being implemented, it is no longer how talented or athletic the player is, it is more of how the player would fit into the SMART GILAS EQUATION and if his addition would more or less give the Solution which Coach Rajko and the SBP is looking for. The said Fil-fors together with the candidates for naturalization (1st it was Chris Taft, then CJ Giles, now Jamal Sampson) joined the workouts, practices, drills and games of the team to see if they would be the right fit and if they could deliver and at the same time make the core players perform much better.
LABAN KUNG LABAN! KAYA NATIN PILIPINAS!
Mabuhay ang TEAM PILIPINAS !!!!
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!
THE DREAM LIVES ON !!!!
Sir Nardy! Is ED Noli Eala and the rest of SBP aware of Nate Robinson having Filipino blood. I wonder what the SBP think of Robinson possibly playing for the Philippine team? Do they have plans of making contact with his mom or Nate himself? This is interesting and exciting at the same time. If my memory serves me right this is somewhat similar to Chris Kaman's situation. Should we establish his Filipino lineage he sure can play for the country. That is if and when Nate accept it should SBP offer him the possibility of helping the NT get to the Olympics.
so i think lets forget the fuzz about nate robinson of donning the rpnt jersey, just keep it a dream.
Mabuhay Team Pilipinas!