17 September 2015

Is SMC Supporting the Jordanian Team Instead of Gilas Pilipinas?

Jordanian Team
There is something disturbing in the story by Snow Badua of Spin.ph last 16 September. The article was suppose to feature the views of former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Rajko Toroman on the current Barangay Ginebra build-up.

According to Toroman , he expects Ginebra to rejoin the PBA's elite teams like San Miguel Beer, Star, Rain or Shine, Alaska and newly rebuilt Talk 'N Text now that coach Tim Cone is calling the shots for the team.

He also warned Ginebra fans should not raise their expectations in the coming season's first two conferences, saying Cone will need a long time to get his pet triangle offense humming in the league's most popular ballclub.

However, near the end of the article, the current Jordanian national team coach expressed elation that his squad will be the first ballclub that will play a competitive basketball against Cone's Ginebra on 17 September at the CCF Gym in Ortigas.

From 16 to 19 September, the Jordanian national team will play against Blackwater, Ginebra, San Miguel and Barako Bull in that order. They won a close game against the Elites, 76-73, and now they are excited to test their mettle against Barangay Ginebra.

"I am very excited to meet Tim Cone because I always have a nice game, my team always plays good against him and I hope Ginebra will be on track under him," he said with a smile.

"We will try to help them with our game," said Toroman.

This is the part that had every one in cyberspace teeming with anger and frustration. Every news outlet and sports site that features the games of the Jordanian team against the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) teams will always include a vile comment that questions the sincerity of these teams to their country and flag.

Why would the SMC teams, Beermen and Barangay Ginebra plus the alleged farm team Barako Bull, exhaust all their energy to hone the game of the Jordanian when this is one of the teams that will be facing the country's national squad (Gilas Pilipinas) at the FIBA Asia tournament?

Why did Barangay Ginebra begged off from the MVP Cup where they could have helped the Gilas team prepare in the guise of being 'unprepared,' but was up and about when the Jordanian team is in town to play with them?

Are the SMC teams trying to sabotage the preparation of the Gilas Pilipinas by denying them access to their players and now avoiding playing with them?

No explanations were provided thus far, and while these questions linger, nobody can be faulted for doubting the patriotism of the SMC and their teams.

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