Al Chua on PBA Board's answer to Asian Games debacle: "Wag po natin idiin ang PBA"
Paul Lintag on Jul 27, 2018 07:46 PM
"Wag naman natin idiin ang PBA. Kung alam niyo lang po ang pulo’t dulo, malinaw ang usapan kay Comm at ng SBP na ganito ang gagawin," --- Alfrancis Chua.
Well there's certainly more to the Asian Games issue.
In a press conference Friday to address the country's pullout from the Asiad, it has been revealed that this problem looked like it was bound to happen, unfortunately.
According to Commissioner Willie Marcial, he had asked Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes about the general state of the national team.
This was a quite a long time ago, back when Marcial was still the league's OIC following the departure of then Commissioner Chito Narvasa.
The PBA practically asked Gilas to choose between the FIBA Windows and the Asian Games, considering that the league will have to adjust its schedule to accommodate the tournaments.
Gilas chose the FIBA windows over the Asian Games more than once.
"Kinausap ko na si coach Chot na kamusta yung Gilas program mo. Meron tayong Asian Games at meron tayong [FIBA] window. Ano gusto mo laruin, kasi hindi namin ma-accomodate lahat kasi halos isang buwan at kalahati mawawala ang PBA," Marcial said.
"Sabi niya window, pero sabi ko mas may chance tayo sa Asian Games. Pagkatapos noon, pumunta ang Board sa Hong Kong, ako na mismo nagtanong. Coach ano gusto mo, Asian Games o window? Window pa rin ang gusto niyang salihan. So sabi namin sige, hindi na tayo lalaro sa Asian Games," he added.
However, at around April and beyond, the SBP made a u-turn and decided to go after the Asiad as well.
That's when the PBA Board thought of a solution in order to accomodate all the tournaments without sacrificing too much of the PBA schedule.
It was agreed upon that the TNT KaTropa will play in the Asian Games with one of the main reasons being that the team runs pretty much the same system as Gilas Pilipinas.
"Sinabi ng SBP na maglalaro sa Asian Games. So nagulo ulit ang Board, nag-meeting ang Board kung papano, titigil tayo 1 1/2 months kasi may window. Naisip ng board, one team lang, para yung team na yun, di ko i-schedule. Ang napagkasunduan, TNT," Marcial said.
The Gilas-Boomers brawl further complicated things though as four TNT players were suspended as part of the national team.
While TNT, and in essence Gilas, can still play in the Asian Games, the SBP decided not to send the KaTropa for moral reasons. Rain or Shine, the no. 1 seed in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, stepped up to the plate.
San Miguel was also in consideration.
"That’s why its TNT, the system, yung system nila, pareho, the dribble drive, para pareho ang sistema. Yun ang pinili. So what happened, there, nagkagulo sa FIBA, nagkasuntukan, so na-suspinde, biglang nalipat ngayon. So pinili namin, napag-usapan kung sino No. 1. So Rain or Shine. Lumabas SMB. Kaso ang problema, ang SMB po tsaka Ginebra nasa championship, so hindi talaga pwede makalaro kasi nasa championship eh," Ginebra governor Al Chua added.
Things spiraled out of control after the SBP decided to withdraw from the Asian Games altogether late Thursday night.
Most of the PBA Board felt blindsided as they weren't exactly informed of the decision directly. Most of them left the PBA Board meeting Thursday afternoon thinking that Rain or Shine was ready to go.
There was even a planned trip to go to Indonesia to watch the Elasto Painters play.
Ultimately, it was a case of miscommunication, which the PBA Board feels like could have been averted if there was a firm decision to join the Asian Games in the first place.
"This could have been better handled if the national coach informed us earlier that we would participate in the Asian Games. But several times he was asked and he replied we will not participate in the Asian Games because his priority is the World Cup qualifier," Columbian Dyip governor Bobby Rosales said.
"Sa susunod siguro dapat pirmahan kami sa dugo ni Chot Reyes para mas binding," Magnolia governor Rene Pardo added.
Ultimately, while the PBA Board has aired its sentiments, they reiterate that the league is in full support of the national team.
And it's quite unfair to blame the PBA for the mess that this has turned into.
"Wag naman natin idiin ang PBA. Kung alam niyo lang po ang pulo’t dulo, malinaw ang usapan kay Comm at ng SBP na ganito ang gagawin," Chua said.
"So yung sa amin, please do understand, the PBA will always be supportive, anything for flag an country. But let’s put matters in the proper perspective," Phoenix governor Raymond Zorilla added.
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