JOURNEY BACK TO RESPECTABILITY: The country's arduous road back to Asian basketball supremacy comes to a head tonight in a knockout game against Kazakhstan.
Many may have forgotten but the real battle started way back in 2003 when a lone voice in the wilderness decried the dastardly way the supposed leaders of Philippine basketball under the then Basketball Association of the Philippines handled the affairs of the sport so dear to our hearts.
After a fierce battle that saw the Philippines being suspended by world cage body Fiba from 2005 to early 2007, we are now just steps away from being mentioned alongside Asian powerhouse squads Iran, China and South Korea.
As hopeless basketball hopeless, all we can do is pray for Gilas Pilipinas.
Win or lose we have to stand by our national squad that has been around for the last 100 years!