Staying MAJOR Podcast with Eric Menk

"Major Pain" Eric Menk hosts a weekly show where he interviews personalities and discusses topics surrounding basketball in the Philippines.
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Mar 29, 2017

Ginebra head coach, Tim Cone joins the 22nd episode of Staying MAJOR.  Tim Cone is the winningest coach in PBA history with 19 titles to his name.  He is also the only man to lead two teams to Grand Slam PBA titles, doing it with the Alaska Milkmen in 1996 and again with San Mig Coffee in 2014.  Coach Tim Cone is currently coaching Barangay Ginebra, where they are coming off of back-to-back Finals appearances, winning the 2016 Governor's Cup.

On this episode of Staying MAJOR, Coach Tim talks about his current team Barangay Ginebra, along with his 4-year stint with the Purefoods franchise and his legendary 22-year run with the Alaska franchise.  This episode is a long one but is filled with great stories, anecdotes, and coaching philosophies.  His amazing memory and passion for the game shine through in this episode.  This is a rare long-form interview with one of the top basketball minds the Philippines has ever seen.  Coach Tim is currently preparing Barangay Ginebra for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.  You can follow Coach Tim Cone on Twitter at @manilacone.


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Mar 22, 2017

In episode 21 of Staying MAJOR, Chris Ross fresh off of his championship vacation, joins the show.  Chris is a starting guard on the 3-peat Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beerman.  His brilliant play in the recently concluded Philippine Cup playoffs did not go unrecognized as he was named the Final's MVP in his second straight Philippine Cup.  Known for his defensive prowess and intangibles on the basketball court, Chris has recently stepped up his game offensively to become a force at both ends of the court.  Ross was the 4th pick in the 2009 PBA Draft.  Since then, he has become the PBA's Defensive Player of the Year (2016), a 2x All-defensive team member, a 2X PBA All-Star & a 2x PBA Finals MVP.


In this episode, Chris talks about the Philippine Cup playoffs, where he led the San Miguel Beerman to their 3rd straight Philippine Cup Championship.  Ross also takes the time to reflect on his upbringing in San Antonio, Texas.  Chris then talks about his career arc and why he has found his comfort zone at San Miguel Beer.  After briefly discussing the NBA, Chris takes Twitter questions to end the show.  You can follow Chris at the following social media handles: Twitter & Instagram: @cmross6


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Mar 15, 2017

The "Sol Train" Sol Mercado of Barangay Ginebra joins Staying MAJOR for its 20th episode.  Sol was the 5th pick in the 2008 PBA Draft.  Since then, Sol was an All-Rookie team member, a 2x PBA All-Star and a recent PBA Champion.  Sol has led the league in scoring and assists during his PBA career.  He has also represented the Philippines in the 2013 Jones Cup.  After playing for 5 teams in his first 7 years in the league, Sol has found a home with the league's most popular team, Barangay Ginebra.  He has been a pillar in their resurgence, helping Ginebra win the 2016 PBA Governor's Cup and also in getting them back to the Finals of the Philippine Cup.


In this episode, Sol talks about the recently concluded Philippine Cup, before going into his background on how he got to the Philippines.  Mercado later discusses his well-traveled career, before eventually settling in with the Ginebra Kings.  Before taking Twitter questions, Sol talks about some of his coaches and teammates at Ginebra and the potential he see's in their team.  Him and host, Eric Menk also take the time to talk a little NBA (the Sacramento Kings & the MVP race).  You can follow Sol at the following social media handles: Twitter & Instagram @M3rcMyWords


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Mar 8, 2017

"Machine Gun" Kelly Williams joins Staying MAJOR for its 19th episode.  Kelly grew up in Detroit, Michigan and gained fame playing for Detroit King High School in the famed Detroit Public School League.  After high school, Kelly accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Division I, Oakland University in Michigan.  After college, Williams came to the Philippines to pursue a professional basketball career.  Drafted #1 in the 2006 PBA Draft, Kelly has gone on to have one of the all-time great careers in PBA history. He has racked up many awards over his career, including PBA Rookie of the Year, PBA Best Player of the Conference, PBA MVP, 5x PBA All-Star, 6x PBA Mythical team selection.  Kelly has been a member of 6 PBA championship teams and is also a multiple time member of the Philippine National team.


In this episode, Kelly talks about Talk-N-Text's Philippine Cup finish before going into his background and PBA career.  Kelly talks candidly about a sickness that he was diagnosed with in 2009 that threatened his life as well as his playing career.  Although his dosage has decreased over the years, Kelly is still on medication to this day to keep his blood platelet level's normal.  Despite still playing in the PBA, Williams has written an autobiographical book, "Rising Higher" and has recently picked up painting.  Kelly currently plays for the TNT KaTropa in the PBA.  They are preparing for the upcoming PBA 2017 Commissioner's Cup.  You can follow Kelly at the following social media handles: Twitter: @kelwilliams21 Instagram: @kelwilliams21dot


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Mar 2, 2017

In episode 18 of Staying MAJOR we are joined by sports media member, Carlo Pamintuan.  Carlo works for Sports5, where he writes and also is a member of their television staff, calling games for PBA Rush on Cignal TV.  Carlo also writes for Slam Philippines and spent time with Gilas Pilipinas in 2015 and 2016, documenting their journey under Coach Tab Baldwin.  Carlo also does play-by-play for the PBA D-League, while also serving as a media director for the Asean Basketball League.

In this episode, Carlo talks about his media background before diving into the deep end with host Eric Menk to discuss the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup Finals, between the San Miguel Beerman and the Barangay Ginebra Kings.  You can follow Carlo at the following social media links:

Twitter & Instagram: @carlo_pamintuan

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