The Philippine Basketball Association has changed its schedule for the upcoming Philippine Cup to allow TNT Tropang Giga to do its core fielding when needed for international competition.
“We moved TNT’s games before the conference to give them time to prepare and participate in the FIBA window,” said PBA Commissioner Willie Marshall on Thursday at the League’s Media Day at the Novotelle in Cuba.
According to Marshall, the PBA has spoken with Chot Reyes, program director of the Gilas Pilipinas, to discuss and negotiate the national team’s requirements for international competition, including the upcoming FIBA window.
Marshall’s statement came as Samahang Basketball NG Pilipinas announced that glass consultant Nenad Vusinik would lead the team that will take part in the FIBA third window in New Zealand.
The Philippines will play Kiwi and India in that window.
The SBP has also announced an 18-man pool for the national squad, which does not include any PBA players.
Marshall, however, said the league was prepared in a situation where arrangements would remain the same with the national program even after the appointment of a new coach.
“If they need a hybrid squad that includes TNT cores, we’re already ready for that,” Marshall said.
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