The PBA, including San Miguel, all-in on Gilas Pilipinas

Paul Lintag on Jul 27, 2018 08:13 PM
The PBA, including San Miguel, all-in on Gilas Pilipinas
The SMC group is ready to loan all its players to Gilas if needed, a move which is part of the PBA Board's full support to the national team.

San Miguel Corporation not lending players to Gilas might be a thing of the past.

If he had his way, Alfrancis Chua, who serves as the governor of Ginebra as well as the Sports Director of San Miguel Corp., the one player per PBA team policy should be abolished already.

The SMC group is ready to loan all its players to Gilas if needed, a move which is part of the PBA Board's full support to the national team.

"Actually po, a couple of months ago nung umupo si Mr. Vargas as Chairman, ako na nagsabi na tanggalin ang one per team policy, kahit ilan ang gusto sa San Miguel group, magpapahiram kami," Chua said Friday in the PBA Board's press conference to address the Asian Games debacle.

"You can ask the Board, wala ng pilian, i-full blast na to. Nagkagulo na nung sinabi sa Hong Kong na di na sasali. The PBA cannot suffer for one and a half months na walang liga kasi magkasunod ang Asian Games at window," he added.

Chua is referring to the decision of Gilas Pilipinas to focus on the FIBA windows rather than the Asian Games.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial asked Gilas head coach Chot Reyes multiple times to choose between the FIBA windows and the Asian Games as the league can't possibly accomodate both.

Reyes chose the FIBA windows each time.

"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, in a sudden turn of events, the SBP wanted the Asian Games as well and the compromise was that the PBA will send one team to the Asiad as to not heavily disrupt its season.

The original selection was TNT before it was handed to Rain or Shine.

By Thursday night though, the SBP has decided to skip the Asian Games altogether in a shocking move.

At any rate, with everything that's been going on, the PBA remains all-in on Gilas. And that includes the San Miguel teams as well.

"Hindi totoo na ang SMB ayaw magpahiram, it's a matter of scheduling," Chua said.

"Kasi mahirap naman yung bigla-biglaan, lahat gusto salihan na tournament tapos PBA lahat kukunin mong players Mahirap yun, PBA players livelihood nila yan. Mahirap din sa kanila na malaspag sa game. Pero hanggang ngayon, still the same ang support ng PBA. All out yan. So maari siguro, may miscommunication somewhere. Dapat naman siguro ma-correct. So I hope the fans will now realize na iba yung perception nila na we don’t want to lend players," San Miguel governor Robert Non added.

 


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