Laban Kung Laban: What to expect at the PBA this 2019

Laban Kung Laban: What to expect at the PBA this 2019

  • Jericho San Luis
  • 2019-02-12 11:28:32

Have you seen that intense season opener at the Philippine Arena last January 13? Ginebra gave a big push to overcome TNT's lead at the fourth to secure the first win of the PBA 2019 season. It wasn't easy but they got the job done. As the league's tagline says "Laban Kung Laban".


And this is what we should expect this 2019 across all the three conferences: good, hard battles from all the teams.


The Rookies and the Trades


The pre-season gave us rookies that will sure give excitement to the league. Players like CJ Perez and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. would surely bring new legs and athleticism to the league. Expect also players like Tratter, Desiderio, and Bolick to give their A-game to their respective teams.


In a series of surprise moves, other top rookies were suddenly bounced around from team to team. And while teams like Ginebra and San Miguel still remain the dominant teams to beat, we're finally getting a fair distribution of stars and good players on all the other teams.



The New Heavyweights


Last year, we've seen Alaska and Magnolia slay giants during the Governor's Cup. Beating San Miguel and Ginebra signals the coming of new heavyweights in the coming cups. Teams that seem to have beefed up their winning chances include Blackwater, Phoenix, and Meralco.


Dark Horse


Poy Erram coming in from Blackwater Elite is a blessing for the NLEX Road Warriors who are in need of a frontcourt tower. The 6'8 Erram, one of the two only players above 6'5 in the team (Asi Taulava is tallest at 6'9), will surely make a mark in defense and scoring.


With the return of Kevin Alas from his injury, NLEX will once again try to make its way to wins especially with the return at the middle of the year of Kiefer Ravena. Coach Yeng Guiao will surely have a good time now that his team will finally be at full strength.



No longer the laughing stock?

Yes, the Columbian Dyip will try to gather as many wins as they can with their young team and impressive rookies. CJ Perez, JP Calvo, and Jeepy Faundo will run their way into some good baskets as they fit into Columbian's fast-paced game. Last year, Columbian Dyip was second in fastbreak points per game.


Growing will take a while but rest assured that Columbian's roster will try to make their mark this season.




It'll be a long and good year this 2019 for the Philippine Basketball Association and the teams are all out in giving the glory to their organizations. Will we see a new set of winners for the three conferences or will the old heavyweights still dominate the game this 2019? It will be a wild and bumpy ride.


Laban Kung Laban!