PBA: Rain or Shine very much ready if country calls for Asiad duty
Philip Matel on Jul 20, 2018 07:23 AM
If the country calls, the Rain or Shine franchise is ready to take over the duties left by the TNT KaTropa.
If the country calls, the Rain or Shine franchise is ready to take over duties left by the TNT KaTropa.
SBP President Al Panlilio earlier clarified that even though the national basketball governing body believes that the FIBA ban does not cover the Olympic Council of Asia-sanctioned tournament, they are close to shutting the door on the chance of sending the TNT core, which consists mainly of the protagonists in the brawl.
"Kung local lang, okay (It is okay if it is only local), but this is the first international tournament after that (FIBA game). I would assume if there are sanctions and then that's the first international competition that we join, it's a value question eh, it's a moral question."
Elasto Painters owner Raymond Yu says 'nothing is set in stone' just yet for the top-seeded team of the Commissioner's Cup to represent the country's tricolors at the quadriennial meet to be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.
"Yes were willing but you have to understand that the competition in the Asian Games is mataas din yan. So syempre worried din kami. Gusto namin if we’re gonna go there yung team na panlaban talaga. Na 'di mapapahiya yung bansa," the esteemed owner said after their Game 2 victory over Ginebra.
After Commissioner Willie Marcial's declaration that players from all 12 teams are up for grabs if Gilas coach Chot Reyes chooses to field them for the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Yu clarified that they are ready if the SBP and the PBA decides to formally ask them for the meet.
Yu also mentioned that the if the go signal has been made, everything will be 'fluid', meaning that cohesion will not be a problem on their side.
Nevertheless, issues will stll need to be ironed out before we would see the Elasto Painters booking tickets to Indonesia next month.
"Anytime naman there’s a chance for Rain or Shine players to play for flag and country okay naman kami. We’ve always been supportive."
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