PBA: Commissioner Marcial throws it back with quirky Draft announcements

Philip Matel on Dec 16, 2018 08:58 PM
PBA: Marcial throws it back with quirky Draft announcements
Will the trend continue? Only time will tell.

People who were closely monitoring the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft might have noticed something different with the way the picks were announced.

Instead of the usual style, much like in the NBA where the picks are announced by the Commissioner, picks were called upon and were announced by team representatives situated across the Robinson's Place Manila floor. 

There were definitely some fun elements to the announcements, with the first instance coming from Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas, who picked team manager Paolo Bugia with the 12th overall selection. 

Of course, that was in jest, before he picked forward Jorey Napoles, the very first draft pick from the TIP Engineers college squad.

Another moment was when Columbian Dyip's representative mistakenly said CJ Calvo instead of John Paul Calvo for the 11th pick.

Seen also were the sincere but funny selections made by Jason Perkins (Phoenix), Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa (NorthPort), announcing to the crowd on-hand and the viewing audience in Filipino, which was comical in nature, since they said it with a twang.

"Wala na kaming pipiliin. Ayaw na namin," proclaimed Tautuaa. 

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial says it was a throwback to the short-lived days of Commissioner Noli Eala, who served the league as a broadcaster prior to being the head of the first professional league in Asia.

"Syempre gusto ng fans makita yung players, coaches na nagsasalita. Hindi yung commissioner—nagsalita na nga ako eh," said the amiable head of the PBA.

"Tignan mo nagsasalita players, nagta-Tagalog. Players, coaches, governors. So magandang tingnan."

Will the trend continue? Only time will tell. 

Marcial, who served as acting commissioner and Media Bureau chief among various other positions before being named commissioner, said that this year's Rookie Draft was a resounding success in his first run as the league's head, wherein 41 out of the 47 hopefuls were called to the podium. 

"Masaya, kanina kinakabahan. Biro mo di natin akalaing aabot ng 5th. Alam natin 3rd. Or second lang ata. Eh umabot ng 5th. So masayang-masaya tayo para sa draftees natin."

 

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