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2000 PBA season

2000 PBA season
2000 PBA season
Duration February 20, 2000 – December 20, 2000
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s) Viva TV (IBC)
Draft
Top draft pick Paolo Mendoza
Picked by Sta. Lucia Realtors
Conferences
All-Filipino Cup champions Alaska Milkmen
Commissioner's Cup champions San Miguel Beermen
Governors Cup champions San Miguel Beermen
Awards
Season MVP Danny Ildefonso
Seasons
1999
2001 >

The 2000 PBA season was the 26th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Contents

  • Notable occurrences 1
  • Opening ceremonies 2
  • Champions 3
  • ABC-PBA All-Star Game 4
  • Individual awards 5
  • Awards given by the PBA Press Corps 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Notable occurrences

  • PBA's TV partner, Vintage Television was absorbed by Viva Entertainment.
  • Batang Red Bull Energizers entered the league as an expansion team.
  • The league celebrated their silver anniversary on April 9, 2000 with the awarding of the PBA's 25 greatest players. [1]
  • The league forfeited Batang Red Bull's wins when 18-year-old Kerby Raymundo was found to have deficient academic credentials. He would later return to the team in 2001.
  • It was the year when a crackdown of alleged fake Fil-foreign cagers led to deportations of Asi Taulava and Sonny Alvarado. Eric Menk, Danny Seigle and Chris Jackson were among those suspended by the PBA.
  • The Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) revoked the Filipino citizenship of Tanduay's Sonny Alvarado as it uncovered that the player used fraudulent papers; consequently, the BID ordered Alvarado's deportation.
  • Alvarado's deportation affected the season's All-Filipino Cup semifinal round after PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino forfeited two of Tanduay's semifinal wins (Games 2 and 3) against Purefoods, since Alvarado played on those games (he didn't play on the first game). With the forfeitures, the series would have resumed on Game 4 with Purefoods leading the series 2–1; however, Tanduay secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevented the league from staging Game 4 of their series. This has been the first time a PBA game has been suspended via a court order.

Opening ceremonies

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen Children of Alaska players
Batang Red Bull Energizers Lindsay Custodio and Assunta De Rossi
Barangay Ginebra Kings Ana Roces
Pop Cola 800s Cris Villonco
Mobiline Phone Pals Mary Jean Maycon
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Antoinette Taus
San Miguel Beermen Bianca Zobel
Shell Velocity Miriam Quiambao
Sta. Lucia Realtors 2000 Binibining Pilipinas candidates
Tanduay Rhum Masters Bernadette Allyson

Champions

  • Team with best win-loss percentage: San Miguel (40–18, .690)

ABC-PBA All-Star Game

As celebration to the league's twenty-fifth anniversary, the league and the Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA Asia) held the ABC-PBA All-Star Game. [2] Controversy ensued when ABC team member Rommel Adducul (who was also playing for the Manila Metrostars of the Metropolitan Basketball Association) had to be late due to his commitments with the Metrostars. Adducul earlier played against the Pasig-Rizal Pirates, a few kilometers away from the ABC-PBA All-Star venue. [3]

August 6, 2000 at the PhilSports Arena
PBA All-Stars ABC All-Stars
101 81

Individual awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Danny Ildefonso (San Miguel)
  • Rookie of the Year: Davonn Harp (Red Bull)
  • Sportsmanship Award: Freddie Abuda (San Miguel)
  • Most Improved Player: Mark Telan (Shell)
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Freddie Abuda (San Miguel)
  • Mythical Five
  • Mythical Second Team
    • Dindo Pumaren (Purefoods)
    • Jeffrey Cariaso (Tanduay)
    • Bong Hawkins (Alaska)
    • Rudy Hatfield (Tanduay)
    • Marlou Aquino (Sta. Lucia)
  • All Defensive Team
    • Chris Jackson (Shell)
    • Freddie Abuda (San Miguel)
    • Rey Evangelista (Purefoods)
    • Jeffrey Cariaso (Tanduay)
    • Dindo Pumaren (Purefoods)

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps

  • Coach of the Year: Jong Uichico (San Miguel)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Boybits Victoria (San Miguel)
  • Executive of the Year: Buddy Encarnado (Sta. Lucia)
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Ato Agustin (Red Bull)
  • Referee of the Year: Ernie de Leon

References

  1. ^ PBA Celebrates 25th year, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  2. ^ PBA's finest battle Asia's best, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  3. ^ PBA stars rip ABC 5, Philippine Daily Inquirer

External links

pba.inquirer.net

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