The good news is that the schedule for Kito's games has been released. He will play 9 games in the regular season until the playoffs begin. His games are roughly one a week. Once the playoffs begin at the end of March, he will be playing almost every other day. The playoffs end at the end of April at which time he will be coming home.
I signed up for the PBA Live online broadcast of his games for $11.00 a month. (Phillipines Basketball Association) I don't know if all of them are broadcast because they only seem to be releasing a weekly calendar. However, I do know that his first game will be broadcast on Saturday, February 9th (which we can see on Friday, February 8th. His team, Talk N Text won the championship for the last 3 rounds, so they should enjoy plenty of airplay. I think that you can also get a 7 day free trial.
You can go on their web site for more information about opponents. Just Google Talk N Text basketball. I haven't seen that the schedule is posted on the web site, yet. However, I am going to provide the dates and times for the games below. I will just give you the Manila date and time first with the USA date and Eastern Standard Time in parenthesis in red:
February 9th Saturday 8:00 pm (USA February 8th Friday 7:00 am EST)
February 15th Friday 5:15 pm (USA February February 14th Thursday 4:15 am EST)
February 20 Wednesday 5:15 pm (USA February 19th Tuesday 4:15 am EST)
February 24 Sunday 6:30 pm (USA February 23rd Saturday 5:30 am EST)
March 1 Friday 7:30 pm (USA February 28th Thursday 6:30 am EST)
March 9 Saturday 6:30 pm (USA March 8th Friday 5:30 am EST)
March 13th Wednesday 7:30 pm (USA March 12th Tuesday 6:30 am EST)
March 17th Sunday 6:30 pm (USA Saturday 16th 5:30 am EST)
March 22 Friday 5:15 pm (USA Thursday 21st 4:15 am EST)
I also found out from Customer Service that they don't archive the games. So, the only option is to Rise & Shine!
Having expressed my sympathy for him, is this mean to say? He knew that his back was bad all of the time. C'mon, keeping it real, that is why he fell from the lottery. Of course, it is the Celtic's job to do due diligence in ascertaining the condition of his body, not his to 'fess up. But, Kito acknowledged his hand injury, had surgery and fell in the draft the following year. He took his lumps. By Sullinger certifying that his back was fine, he achieved a multi-year million dollar contract. If he never plays again or recovers to be the same, he gets paid.
His back might be okay for walking around, but when he started playing extended minutes and entered the starting line-up, his back couldn't hold up under multiple games a week with an NBA schedule.
Is it wrong to bring this up, guys? I'm ready to be scolded.
Inquiring minds want to know how the Erie Bayhawks are doing since Benson departed. They have fallen below 8th ranking. They were ranked 6th when Benson departed. They are no longer playoff contenders. Last 10 games: won 4; lost 6. I don't make the news. I just report it.
But Black, who is part of Reyes’s coaching staff in the national team, isn’t complaining. What they need is to do a better job in preparing the players each game.
The grand slam-winning coach admitted his import, Keith Benson, is not performing to expectations but refused to say if the 6-foot-11 American is on his way out.
“It’s obvious he [Benson] has not been able to carry the team and if the locals don’t play well, we struggle,” he said. “But I would rather limit my comments about his stint with the team.”
There are reports that TALK ’N TEXT is trying to bring back Donnell Harvey, who was the team’s import when they lost to San Mig Coffee in the Commissioner’s Cup finals last season in a seven-game epic.
Then the news today that they did bring back Harvey:
TALK N TEXT will parade returning import Donnell Harvey when it battles Barako Bull tomorrow in a Phoenix Fuel-sponsored PBA road game at the Ibalong Sports Centrum in Legazpi City.
The 6-foot-8 Harvey, a certified NBA campaigner who led TNT to the finals last year, planed in yesterday and will replace Keith Benson.
In five games with the Texters, Benson averaged 23.6 points and 15.8 rebounds. But he has failed to rise to the challenge when needed most and was largely blamed for the team’s back-to-back losses, the last a 69-92 humiliation from Alaska.