Don Allado

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Don Allado
No. 21 – Purefoods Star Hotshots
Position Center / Power Forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1977-06-10) June 10, 1977 (age 37)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Burbank High School
College De La Salle University
University of the Philippines Open University
PBA draft 1999 / Direct Hire
Selected by the Alaska Aces
Pro career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2006 Alaska Aces
2006–2008 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2008–2009 Air21 Express
2009–2011 B-Meg Llamados
2011–2013 Barako Bull Energy Cola
2013–2014 Meralco Bolts
2014–present Purefoods Star Hotshots
Career highlights and awards
  • 3-time PBA All-Star
  • 2002 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 2003 PBA Mythical Second Team

Don Carlos Allado (born June 10, 1977) is a Filipino professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Purefoods Star Hotshots in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Amateur/College Career[edit]

He started out his amateur career playing for De La Salle University in 1996 and was known as The King Archer. He was the Most Valuable Player in his 3rd year after the elimination rounds in the 1998-1999 season (Season 61) as well as the Finals MVP after he helped the Green Archers defeat Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 61 Finals . This was the first of La Salle's four championships (four-peat). He did it again the next season and captured the season MVP and finals MVP awards for the 1999-2000 season after defeating the UST Growling Tigers in overtime of the UAAP Season 62 Finals. He was a part of the mythical five teams since his sophomore year until his 4th year.

He also played in the Philippine Basketball League under Wilkins Distilled Water in 1998 for one conference until it disbanded. Welcoat Paints immediately picked up the talented power forward and won the first ever championship in franchise history. He was also named season MVP and finals MVP for the 1999-2000 season. He was also named into the mythical team for 2 years in a row.

Professional career[edit]

He was a direct hire in 1999 by the Alaska Aces together with the likes of Asi Taulava and Eric Menk. After playing seven solid years with Alaska, in December 2006, he was shipped to the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals for Willie Miller and John Ferriols.[1] Allado was again traded by the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters for Ranidel de Ocampo to the Air21 Express. He wasn't satisfied with the situation he was in so after one season with Air21, he requested to be sent immediately to the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants/B-Meg Llamados.

Before the start of the 37th Season, he was involved in a three-team trade which saw him being dealt to Barako Bull along with a future second round pick.[2] He was a part of Barako Bull's ragtag veterans Danny Seigle, Mick Pennisi, and Dorian Peña. In June 2013, he was acquired by Meralco Bolts via a three-team, five-player trade. With this trade, he reunited with his former coach at Purefoods in Ryan Gregorio, who gave him the task to add veteran presence to the team and be a mentor to younger teammates.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Allado is married to GMA-7 actress Maricar de Mesa.[4] They initially dated for four years before they finally tied the knot and got married last December 1, 2006 at the Lady of Consolation Parish in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.[5] They never had any children. Early in 2014, he and de Mesa already got separated, due to a third-party affair.[6] He already filed for the annulment of their marriage.

Controversy[edit]

Allado was suspended for one conference by the PBA and ordered to pay P500,000 as fine for ranting on Twitter against the league. This happened after they were eliminated from playoff contention by Powerade in the 2012 PBA Governors Cup.[7] His tweets were controversial, as it accused the league of fixing games. He tweeted, "I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing bcoz of referees. I'm the guy that says what others can't.#PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It's a disgrace to be in this league. I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to #PBA . In my opinion, this league has little credibility left."[8]

His remarks became a trending topic on Twitter and sparked mixed reactions among netizens.[9] PBA Commissioner Chito Salud made a strong rebuke on Allado's tweet, saying, "these accusations that games are fixed, that we control who goes into the semis/finals/eventual champion are baseless and unfounded it came from someone who has lost his mind and a sore loser".[10]

He immediately deleted his comment and made a public apology on Twitter, saying "It was an error in judgement on my part to let my passion for this game get the best of me. As a professional I should've known better. I understand my statement may be construed by many as discrediting the PBA. Let it be known, however, that such is not my intention. Again, my sincerest apologies to the Comm Salud, Board of Governors & entire PBA.".[10]

Despite his public apology, he was still summoned by Commissioner Salud, who ordered his suspension and fine.[11]

References[edit]

Preceded by
La Salle's school colors Mark Telan
UAAP Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player
1998
1999
Succeeded by
Ateneo's school colors Rich Alvarez