BLEACHERS BREW EST. MAY 2006

Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New York Knicks scout at the FIBA Asia Championships

Watching and scouting the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships: Gary Boyson, Tim Cone, and me.


New York Knicks scout at the FIBA Asia Championships
by rick olivares

Gary Boyson, Director of Scouting for the New York Knicks is in town to catch the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships. Boyson has been in town for a couple of days now and it totally loving the atmosphere of the FIBA Asia Championships in Manila. “It’s great,” described Boyson. “I’ve heard so much how basketball crazy the Philippines is and to experience it first hand is always a good thing.”

“My responsibility is to travel around the world as part of the international focus for us,” said Boyson of his mission in Manila. “I am here to track possible free agents and young players. For international players, that essentially means between  the ages of 19-22. It’s always good to get an early lead on the guy and track him over time.”

The Knicks scout said “There are some talented players for sure. But I won’t go into specifics.” Despite being pressed, Boyson refused to mention even the names of the countries of the players he likes.  

I mentioned Iran’s Hamed Ehadadi, Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, and Oshin Sahakian, Jordan’s Mohamed Hadrab, Chinese Taipei’s Tseng Wen Ting, Tien Lei, and Chen Shih Chieh, Korea’s Kim Jongkyu, the Philippines’ Jason Castro and Japeth Aguilar to name a few but Boyson only smiled.  

“We get together the staff (of the Knicks) and we talk very often,” he said of what comes next. “It’s that time of the year where we do not have many slots left on our roster. Basically getting everything ready for training camp. After this I am off to Venezuela for the FIBA America to do the same. If there are players we all like, he’ll get an invite for sure.”

“You’ll know if and when there is a Filipino player we like,” added Boyson who has had more than 15 years of scouting experience. “If and when that happens, he won’t be able to contain himself and I am sure he’ll talk to everyone willing to listen.”

13 comments:

  1. lagpas 22 years old n po b cla kc sbi nio po 19-22 un hinhnap nila...so s tinggin k hindi....pero malay natin bigla clang iinvite....baka magkaroon n rin ng pinoy s NBA....

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    1. He also said possible free agents so nagbakasakali ako.

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  2. Thank you Rick. I do not know much about basketball but have really been enjoying the Gilas games and your articles have been informative and helpful like normal. Hope to see you soon my friend but for medical reasons I will be out of the Philippines for at least three months. Cheers.

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  3. It could be China's Wang Zhelin.

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  4. Hahahahahahaha huwag na kayong umaasa na may filipino sa NBA kahit siguro 5 days lang na kontrata hndi magbibigay ee isip nyo nalang yung ibang import sa PBA mga halimaw maglaro dito, pero pagdating sa USA rejected sila ahahahahaha the best example DENZEL BOWLES

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    1. Kamaganak ka ni Eric Dimzon at ni Hermes Navarro no? Baliw.

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    2. KUNG MAGCOMMENT KA PARANG ANG DAMI MONG ALAM SA BASKETBALL,,BBGYAN DIN KITA NG EXAMPLE HA,,GINAMIT MO SI DENZEL BOWLES ,,, D LAHAT NG KAMADOR YUN LANG NAG NABBGYAN NG CHANCE SA NBA,,IF U REMEMBER KEVIN GAMBLE PINAUWI DN SYA NI JAWO KASI D MAKAPORMA SA PBA,,PERO PAGDATING SA NBA NAGING TOP SCORER PA NG CELTICS,,ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS LARRY DEMIC STARTER SYA NG NY KNICKS PERO KUNG TITIGNAN MO YNG MGA SCORE NIA PBA MABABA PA SA IQ MO,,IBA NA PAG INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ANG PINAGUUSAPAN,,AND JASON CASTRO SHOWED THAT HE CAN PLAY AGAINST BEHEMOTH IN ASIA,,

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  5. kung sakali at dumating na ang araw na pinapangarap ng bwat pilipinong manlalaro..
    baka naman kainin mo mga sinabi mo! at isa ka sa mga pumulakpak!

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  6. Parang barea dn c castro eh.. Ang wala lng ky castro na meron c barea ung 'tapang', c barea kayang kaya nya magdrive kahit malalaki ung sumasalubong sa kanya.. Si jayson mas maraming kick out sa labas.. Dapat mprove nya un

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  7. basta wag na kayong umasa na may pinoy na makakapaglaro sa NBA. in your dreams kung meron edi sana dati pa. from johnny abarrientos, marlou aquino, then japeth aguilar. sino pa. sabagay libreng mangarap. kung kayo na lang kaya tryout sa nba. kung sino sinong binabbangit nyo eh. ayaw naman ng tao. wag turo ng turo

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  8. wag na kayong umasa na magkakatoon pa ng filipino NBA player. not one or a thousand years. kahait pa magunaw ang mundo wala. kasi kung meron man edi sana noon pa. ang pinoy style ng basketbol eh gaya nila jawo. puro gulang. hawi, balya, taga. pag di umubra, rambol, sabay walkout gaya nila jawo at si kalbo. kasi kung dati p. edi sana noon pang nasa olympics tayo. once we are one of the best in the world. sana tayo ngayon. tanggalin mo si andre blanch or any naturelized. lahat ng mga pinoy iyak kasi yung local idol nila eh sablay year on year. kasi kala nila they get a star treatment gaya sa pba. ang basketbol is skills and talent hindi hindi pba- pormang basketbolista association

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