June 6, 1977 |
Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|PBA draft||2003 Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Shell Turbo Chargers|
|2003||Shell Turbo Chargers|
|2004–2006||Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs|
|2008–2010||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|Career highlights and awards|
Eddie B. Laure (born July 6, 1977) is a Filipino former professional basketball player. Known by many as The Dominator and more recently, The Bounty Hunter for his daring and stunning ability to search and get loose balls on the court, he is a former MBA MVP.
Laure played for the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP from 1994-1997 alongside future PBA superstars Kenneth Duremdes and Marlou Aquino. He also played in the PBL during his time prior to the pro ranks, winning an MVP once.
Metropolitan Basketball Association
In 1998, Laure joined the Batangas Blades in the newly formed professional Metropolitan Basketball Association. Despite playing for the lowly Blades teams from 1998–2000, Laure was the cornerstone of the franchise, playing in several All-Star games and the Mythical Team award.
In 2001, he was later joined by former Manila Metrostars players Rommel Adducul and Alex Compton to lead Batangas to their only MBA National Championship over the Negros Slashers. Laure was later named the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 season and the last player in MBA history to win the award before its closure in 2002.
Short return to the PBL
After the MBA's demise, Laure joined the Welcoat Paintmasters in the 2002 PBL Challenge Cup. Again, Laure played with a star-studded team of Rommel Adducul, Ronald Tubid, Marc Pingris, and Ervin Sotto.
Laure was named in the Mythical Five of the said tournament and the Paintmasters won the title via a 3-0 sweep over Dazz Dishwashing. Laure then opted to turn pro again in 2003.
Philippine Basketball Association
In 2003, Laure was selected third overall by the Shell Turbo Chargers in the PBA Draft. He had a decent rookie campaign with Shell posting double figures in points but was unable to lead the Turbo Chargers to a respectable record.
He was traded in 2004 to Purefoods for Billy Mamaril but struggled in his stint with the TJ Hotdogs while nursing a knee injury. The 6'4 forward played for just 24 games in the 2004-05 season, and hardly a factor on offense but had a few games where he shone on the defensive end.
In the 2005-06 season, he joined the Alaska Aces and was a key contributor off the bench. Due to the injury of Reynel Hugnatan, he was given significant playing time. Along with Hugnatan, Laure was also joined by John Ferriols, a fellow former MBA MVP, in a trio of former MBA superstars in the Alaska fold.
24 hours after the 2008 Rookie Draft proper, he was traded to his former PBL team, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, together with fifth overall pick Solomon Mercado for former No. 1 pick, Joe Devance, and two future second round picks.
He was relegated to the reserved injured list for the entire 2013-14 season, and was placed in the dispersal pool at season's end. He was picked by Blackwater Elite during the 2014 PBA Expansion Draft.
On November 2016, Laure formally ended his playing career in the PBA, after 13 years, to concentrate on his new job, becoming as the assistant coach of the UST Golden Tigresses women's basketball team in the UAAP.
He and Jovie have two daughters, Ennajie and Ejiya, and two sons, Echo and Fofo. Ennajie currently plays for the UST Golden Tigresses and Ejiiya plays for UST's girls volleyball team. Their older son, Echo, plays for the UST Tiger Cubs.
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|MBA Most Valuable Player