PBA urged to give Gilas more time to prepare for World Cup
MANILA, Philippines – A concerned fan of the men’s national basketball team pleaded the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board to allot more time for the Gilas Pilipinas squad to prepare for their return in the world stage.
A certain DJ DPAJR from Manila made a petition through change.org entitled “GILAS PILIPINAS deserves BETTER...Give them MORE TIME to PREPARE for the 2014 FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!”
As of posting time, the petition has already 373 supporters, which is intended to be delivered to the PBA Board.
The petitioner asked the oldest professional league in Asia to allow professional players to prioritize the preparations for the FIBA World Championships, a feat that took decades to happen.
“And so we PLEAD to our FAVORITE LOCAL LEAGUE, the PBA, its magnanimous board and its honorable commissioner, Angelico 'Chito' Salud...GILAS PILIPINAS deserves better.PLEASE give them more time to prepare. If possible we appeal that the GILAS PLAYERS be excused during the Governors Cup in order to give our NT ample time to prepare,” the petition reads.
“GILAS PILIPINAS, our hardworking NT coach Chot Reyes, MVP and the SBP needs our help...“
The petitioner also pointed out the sacrifices of other countries for their national squad.
“We all know that the PBA is a commercial league which needs to follow a schedule in order to fulfill its objectives. But so is the CBA of China, JBL of Japan and the KBL of South Korea,” the petition continues.
“If these other Asian commercial leagues can afford to have a 'FIBA Friendly' calendar, lend its players to their respective National Teams, give them sufficient time to prepare for international tournaments while maintaining a productive local league....WHY CAN'T WE??? “