Throw out that old calendar, because it’s day one of 2017. Before we fully move on though, let’s take a quick look back at the stories you guys found the most interesting on SLAM PH Online. Here are the 10 posts you guys clicked on the most from the last year:
Adrian Wong (of ADMU Team A) and Dan Wong (of ADMU Team B), were high school teammates of one Myles Turner, who is currently playing with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. The Blue Eagles sent the big guy some gear, and he obliged them by rocking the blue and white in a couple of pictures.
From the 2015-16 PH Cup semifinals, old collegiate rivals Calvin Abueva and Anthony Semerad got into it, and then as a result, a whole lot of players got into it. The result? A whopping 13 technicals in one go. Coupled with three more called later on, there was a grand total of 16 technical fouls whistled in this one, tying a PBA record.
When Kobe Paras announced he was headed to Creighton, the immediate reaction was, “Are there are any NBA players that came from there?”
And the answer was yes – it’s a school that has produced names like Kyle Korver, Doug McDermott, and Paul Silas, among others.
It’s no Kentucky or Duke, but the school has definitely sent some guys to the Association.
In a tune-up prior to the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, Gilas was able to beat Iran in Manila. Three guys definitely stood out from that match – Andray Blatche, Bobby Ray Parks, and Ryan Reyes. As such, that trio played key roles when Gilas attempted to secure a 2016 Rio wildcard berth.
In his prime, it was definitely not a good idea to bet against Michael Jordan. His Airness relished competition, and used every little scrap and morsel to fuel himself. But what about now that he’s much older, and is an NBA team owner?
As Chris Paul found out, the man can still shoot, so you still probably shouldn’t make a bet with the GOAT.
First, Yeng Guiao left Rain or Shine to go to NLEX. How did the Elasto Painters respond? By retooling their roster.
In a shocker, the team dealt away franchise stalwarts JR Quinahan and Paul Lee for…Jay Washington and James Yap? Yup, suffice to say, those deals sent shockwaves through the PBA. But you know what? Right now, RoS is still in second place, so the early reviews are they knew what they were doing.
When Gilas Pilipinas opted not to send a squad to the 2016 William Jones Cup, Mighty Sports PH stepped in to fill the void, and they did so with a team that was pretty different, to say the least.
Bannering seven imports, including several that had huge outings in the PBA, the team’s roster turned a lot of heads. In the end though, Mighty swept the tournament, proving their mettle.
Early in 2016, we took a stab at predicting who would join the 2016 PBA Draft. Of course, back then, we had no idea there was going to be a “Gilas round,” and we hadn’t heard that Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks would try their luck in the NBA D-League anew. Still, names like Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon and Arnold Van Opstal did wind up getting picked, so it wasn’t too bad an attempt.
SLAM Fam Jutt Sulit did some investigative journalism, and discovered Nico Salva’s key contribution in Ginebra’s championship run. So what turned out to be the motivational message for Sol Mercado and Scottie Thompson? We’ll let you click on the link if you missed it the first time. But if you know what it is already, don’t you agree it’s a piece of advice that works for the entire 2016?
The MOST-READ story on SLAM PH in 2016 was about Stephen Curry, but not the normal three-pointer sniping Curry we’re used to seeing.
Instead, it was about Curry’s possible sanction for losing his cool in game six, when he fouled out and threw his mouthpiece into the stands and hit a fan. Whoops.
While some expected him to be suspended for game seven, I laid out why precedent said he’d only be fined, and that’s exactly what happened. Of course it didn’t help, because the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to win the title.
Thank you all for reading in 2016, we hope you stick around with us some more in 2017!
Curry photo by Getty Images