MANILA, Philippines - PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said yesterday the new FIBA competition format of six home-and-away windows over a two year period to qualify for the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics will require a “permanent solution” with the SBP to choose the best players for the national team.
Narvasa said the PBA Board of Governors is solidly behind the SBP’s efforts in forming the most competitive Gilas team possible. “Every PBA player will be available for Gilas,” he said. “I think it should be mandatory for a player to join Gilas if he is chosen because this is for our country. FIBA will inform us of the schedule of the six qualifying windows and the PBA will work around that timetable.”
Narvasa said at the moment, he is leaning towards a common draft for all players on Oct. 30. An option is to hold a split draft where players in the Gilas pool are selected separately from others. That would mean only the rights to the Gilas players will be assigned and they may join the PBA only after their release from the national team.
But Narvasa said a split draft may be unnecessary since a Gilas player who is drafted by a PBA team may be pulled out for the national squad like any other PBA player if he is called out. “I think it’s important for a Gilas player to stay active in competition, in this case, the PBA,” he said. SBP deputy executive director for international affairs Butch Antonio said the other day the next Gilas engagement could still be in November but it’s not confirmed. An invitational club tournament in Dubai in January is another possibility for Gilas....
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is making sure players are aware of the gravity of contact on the landing spot by recently issuing a fresh memorandum calling attention to the commission of flagrant fouls with particular mention of the rule. Narvasa says it’s not just to protect a shooter who’s airborne but also any player in mid-air whether he’s in the act of shooting or passing or rebounding or defending or whatever. The consideration is a player must be off his feet.
No doubt, contact on the landing spot is dangerous and could lead to serious injury. In the ongoing Governors Cup, players who’ve been whistled for this infraction were James White on Sol Mercado, A. J. Mandani on Jimmy Alapag, Maverick Ahanmisi on Arwind Santos, Kris Rosales on Mahmoud Abdeen, Jason Forte on Henry Walker, Allen Durham on Jericho Cruz and Jewel Ponferada on Aldrech Ramos and Mark Yee. Each player paid a fine of P7,500 for the flagrant foul. Ponferada coughed up P17,500 for his two fouls.
Clarifying the rule, Narvasa explains that “a defender who lunges forward and lands more than half a foot from his take-off point and the shooter lands on the defender’s foot, a flagrant foul penalty 1 is called…if the shooter is injured and has to be substituted, the penalty 1 will be upgraded to penalty 2.” Narvasa says an airborne player must be given the chance or space to land safely and the landing spot rule is applicable not only on a shooting situation but also during passing, rebounding and jumpball situations....
THE AMERICAN “import” will help decide the fate of the teams looking for a chance to go deep into the playoffs of the PBA Governors’ Cup. Sure, playing as a team will matter and how the starters and the bench players rise to the pressure of knockout games and seven-game showdowns down the road.
But where the eight remaining teams finally end up will be determined largely by how well the American guest player performs. The Asian imports are around but they seem to blend in with the Filipino style of play and have not really been dominant, save for a performance or two in the course of the conference.
The superlative performers have been Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps, Alaska’s LeDontae Henton, Meralco’s Allen Durham, Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee, Mahindra’s James White and NLEX’s Henry Walker. They have been game-changers with two important contributions: scoring in bunches and providing energy to create extra possessions for their teams....
Star coach Jason Webb is hopeful that something positive will happen after a disappointing campaign this season, including being eliminated early in the playoff race of the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup.
“It’s a learning process,” said Webb following his first season as coach of the franchise.
“We’re going to reflect on it, give it a couple of days and from there, we’ll see what we can do to make the team better,” added Webb, who is expected to return for next season as coach of the squad....
The Elasto Painters started their surge in the second quarter before keeping Hotshots at bay in the last two quarters.
“We just kept ourselves alive for at least another day. It’s been a struggle all conference long but for as long as we have a chance to get to the next round, we’ll keep playing as hard as we can,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao in the PBA website....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||2||9||0.182|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||8th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|