Aguilar Zooms To Gym From Airport

He got only a few hours of sleep after a 20-hour haul from Chicago, but Japeth Aguilar appeared keen to show he means business and attended Globalport's practice yesterday while declaring his readiness to give his all to his new ball club.

"I'm committed to play for them, and I'm ready to play," said Aguilar after the team's practice at the Moro Lorenzo gym inside the Ateneo campus.

Though he's not yet in his best form, Aguilar expressed confidence that he can survive the perils of inactivity, jet lag and lack of knowledge of Globalport's playbook when the Batang Pier battle Petron Blaze in the opening of the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday.

His practice showed a window of his current state of physical fitness.

"Medyo parang kinakapos during the middle of the practice, pero naka-recover naman towards the end," said the 6-foot-10 Aguilar.

"I know 'yung expectations sa akin tataas, so I have to work hard on my part. It's a fresh start for me, gagawin makakaya to help the team. I'll give my best," added Aguilar, whose previous foray in the PBA had been lacklustre and forgettable.

But he thanked former coaches Chot Reyes and Norman Black for giving him the chance to play for their teams.

He's expected to sign a three-year contract today.

Financial details were not yet divulged although Erick Arejola, the team's basketball operations chief, hinted that they are ready to give Aguilar a maximum of P420,000 a month.

Aguilar, 26, arrived late Monday after nearly six months in the United States following his failed bid to make it to the NBA via the NBA Developmental League. He was picked by the Santo Cruz Warriors but was waived last December at the end of training camp.

The former Western Kentucky University player, who was the No. 1 overall pick by Burger King back in 2009, was shipped by Talk 'N Text - upon his request - to Globalport last week in exchange for 6-foot-7 center Rabah Al-Hussaini.

Despite talks that Barangay Ginebra San Miguel will continue to pursue Aguilar, Globalport owner Dr. Mikee Romero declared that their prized slotman will not be put on the trading block.

"He's the man that we have waited for, he's the missing link in the team," said Romero. "We will not trade him."

In its initial foray, Globalport posted only one win in 14 games.

The arrival of Aguilar and scoring champion Sol Mercado is likely to change the fortunes of Globalport. They also took Kelly Nabong and JP Belencion.

"We've landed what we've wished for," said team manager BJ Manalo. "We'll definitely make Globalport Batang Pier Japeth's home. We'll not trade him."

Globalport head coach Junel Baculi, on his part, said that he's very excited to have a complete team following the arrival of Aguilar, but it will take a while for them to really build chemistry.

"We're all excited, we can't hide that fact. But the real work begins today. We have to work on our chemistry," said Baculi as Globalport plays twice in three days this week when the Commissioner's Cup starts Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

After facing Petron, the Batang Pier will square off with the Barako Bull Energy Cola on Sunday also at the Big Dome.

"Now we have a solid starting unit with a 'twin towers' of Aguilar and (import) Justin Williams, we'll capitalize on that. Then playing the wing is Gary David, and at guards are Willie Miller and Sol. But the second unit is as important as the starting five, so we're working on that," said Baculi.

Mercado, who played for Romero's PBL champion team Harbour Center, Nabong and Belencion were obtained in a separate deal with Meralco, which got in return rookie Vic Manuel, Rey Guevara and Josh Vanlandingham.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • SE Asia Stocks-Mixed; Thai index slips ahead of economic data

    BANGKOK, May 22 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets were flat to weaker on Friday, with the Malaysia index hitting a more than two-month low and Philippines touching an over one-week low on ... …

  • China says U.S. actions in S.China Sea "irresponsible, dangerous"
    China says U.S. actions in S.China Sea "irresponsible, dangerous"

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which had a team on board …

  • 2015 Hyundai Lateral Drift goes to Philippine Arena
    2015 Hyundai Lateral Drift goes to Philippine Arena

    The smell of burnt rubber and screeching tires are some of the highlights that will be seen at the most adrenaline-pumped drifting event of the year—the 2015 Hyundai Lateral Drift Championship series.   Held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, the event will be the biggest venue in the drifting competition. This is the […] The post 2015 Hyundai Lateral Drift goes to Philippine Arena appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • The Richest Senators In The Philippines
    The Richest Senators In The Philippines

    The 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth for politicians and public servants are now available for anyone to … The post The Richest Senators In The Philippines appeared first on …

  • PHILIPPINES PRESS-AirAsia Philippines seeks $500 mln valuation for IPO - Inquirer

    The Philippine unit of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Berhad is seeking a valuation of at least $500 million for its initial public offering set within the next two years, the Philippine Daily Inquirer ... …

  • Consultant, facing joblessness, claims P5.9-M lotto pot
    Consultant, facing joblessness, claims P5.9-M lotto pot

    A 39-year-old information technology consultant, whose job contract will expire this month, has claimed his share of the 6/45 Mega Lotto’s P17.8-million jackpot in its May 13 draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced yesterday. “I could not sleep for the past several days, thinking about where I could get the money to pay my children’s tuition,” the winner told PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II when he received a check for P5.9 million at the PCSO’s central …

  • Cager’s daughter: I will never drive again
    Cager’s daughter: I will never drive again

    Kim Asaytono vowed never to get behind the wheel again after she hit 14 people on Tuesday night and killed one of them. Even if she gets out of jail one day, the 22-year-old daughter of former Philippine Basketball Association player Nelson Asaytono said she no longer wants to drive. Maybe, I will still ride a car but I will never drive again,” she told The STAR in an interview in her jail cell at the Manila Police District headquarters. …

  • Disaster center to rise in Clark
    Disaster center to rise in Clark

    The private sector is set to build a disaster operations center near Clark international airport in Pampanga to strengthen the country’s preparedness against natural calamities. In his closing remarks during a two-day Earthquake Resilience Conference, businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan said yesterday the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) would build the center that would serve as base for immediate response to a disaster. Pangilinan, co-chair of the PDRF, said the disaster …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options