Whether or not the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) can move its games to Lipa City in Batangas province will be known in the next two days, according to commissioner Willie Marcial.
“Our proposal has been elevated to the technical working group of the pandemic working group, so the decision should be published on Thursday or Friday,” he told the Inquirer on Wednesday.
The PBA’s plan is to play the remainder of the Philippine Cup at the Lipa City Sports Complex while the capital is under another extreme lockdown to help handle another surge caused by the Delta strain of the coronavirus.
Marcial also revealed that the team captains have come together and expressed their utmost willingness to help the league itself.
A veteran, whom the league chief asked not to identify, approached him with the news Tuesday.
“He said that the players are more than willing to do whatever they can to help us continue,” shared Marcial. “I am really grateful for such a gesture.” Leo Austria, decorated coach of San Miguel Beer, confirmed it.
“I heard the players have been talking. They really want to help the league. They are coming together, hoping to finish this for their families, the fans, for everyone, ”he said.
“In anticipation of the decision, we already made reservations for our practices at the Aquamarine Recreation Center. That way, we should get the start signal, we’ll just continue our training, ”he added.
On Tuesday, the league suspended Wednesday and Thursday games to show support for the national government ahead of Friday’s hard shutdown. That prompted Austria and the Brewers to return to virtual training sessions, one of the solutions designed for the new normal.
Barangay Geneva, the defending champion, has started to do the same, according to coach Tim Cone.
“It’s similar to how we handled the last [enhanced community quarantine]”He said.” We’re just trying to stay nimble and positive as a group, ready to make any adjustments that come our way. “
Understandably frustrated by the latest issue, the two seasoned mentors are nonetheless optimistic that the PBA can get things back on track soon. INQ
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