In the 13th episode of Staying MAJOR, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes joins the show. Coach Chot is an 8-time PBA champion coach and a 5-time PBA Coach of the Year. Reyes has also led the Team Pilipinas and Gilas Pilipinas programs in the past, guiding the Philippines to a silver medal in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament and leading the Philippines to a victory over Senegal in the 2014 World Cup. Not only has Coach Chot recently been named as the head coach of the Gilas Pilipinas national team program, but he is also the President and CEO of Philippine media conglomerate TV5 and Media5.
In this episode Coach Chot talks about his beginnings as a coach. Reyes goes on to discuss his teams of the past while touching on the current state of the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball program. You can follow Coach Chot Reyes at the following social media handles:
"The Cebuano Hotshot" Dondon Hontiveros graces Staying MAJOR's 12th episode. Born and raised in Cebu, Dondon has gained a reputation in the PBA for being one of the best shooting guards of his generation. His sweet stroke won him the PBA's 2007 3-point Shootout. It also has him ranked 4th all-time in the PBA for 3-point field goals. More than a shooter, Dondon is known for his work ethic, intelligence, and leadership. Now a 12x PBA All-Star, Dondon continues to inspire basketball players young and old as he is still active in the PBA at age 39. Hontiveros has represented the Philippines in international competition on numerous occasions dating back to the 2002 Busan Asian Games all the way up to the 2015 FIBA-Asia tournament.
In this episode, Dondon talks on a variety of subjects, including the Alaska Aces current standing, growing up in Cebu, his move to Manila, his favorite teammates from San Miguel, and the longevity of his career. He then answers Twitter questions, before talking about his future. Dondon currently plays for the Alaska Aces in the PBA, while running a series of basketball camps & clinics. You can follow Dondon at the following social media handles:
Gabe Norwood joins Staying MAJOR for episode 11. Gabe currently plays for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and is a multiple time member of the Philippine National Team. After being selected #1 in the 2008 PBA Draft, Gabe has gone on to become the PBA's Rookie of the Year, a 5x All-Defensive team member, the PBA's Defensive Player of the Year & an 8x PBA All-Star. On Gilas Pilipinas, Gabe has played a valuable role in being the team's top wing defender. He has competed in many international competitions including FIBA Asia and The World Cup of Basketball. In this episode, Norwood talks about his background which led him to professional basketball in the Philippines. He also discusses his career with Rain or Shine. Later in the episode, Gabe takes Twitter questions and talks about his business ventures outside of basketball. You can currently watch Gabe in the PBA as he suits up for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Links:
Jayjay Helterbrand is one of the best point guards to ever play in the PBA. He, together with backcourt mate, Mark Caguioa formed one of the most feared backcourts in PBA history. Known as The Fast and the Furious, they reigned Barangay Ginebra's backcourt for the last 15 years. Over the course of his career, Jayjay was a 7x PBA All-Star, 2x Best Player of the Conference, PBA Final's MVP, & 2009 PBA MVP. Jayjay also represented Team Pilipinas in international competition in 2005, 2007 & 2009. Still showing he is a great player, Jayjay recently scored 11 points in the 4th quarter of Game 4 of the Governor's Cup Finals, on his 40th birthday to lead Barangay Ginebra to victory, which eventually led to their first championship in 8 years. He currently is playing for Barangay Ginebra, who is competing in the Philippine Cup in the PBA.
In this conversation with host and longtime teammate, Eric Menk, Jayjay reflects on his long career in the PBA for Barangay Ginebra. Helterbrand discusses his early life before coming to the Philippines, his rise to eventually becoming the PBA MVP, and dealing with the struggles of an aging professional athlete. In this 1 hour and 8 minute episode, Jayjay reveals several seldom heard stories and anecdotes about his career. This is a real inside look at the man who has won over the hearts of the Barangay Ginebra faithful. You can follow Jayjay on Instagram: @jayhelterbrand