Waiting for health protocol to open PBA

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Willie Marshall – Investigative file photo

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is keen to play a full season for the first time in two years in preparation for the Philippine Cup, which will begin its 47th season on 5 June.

“It simply came to our notice then [health] The protocol we have to follow. We have not yet learned whether we are sticking to the old one or whether we are going to implement some changes, “Commissioner Wiley Marshall told investigators by phone. “We’ll find out more by June 1.”

The season will begin at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with individual performers being crowned through the league’s traditional Leo Awards.

Following the same schedule as the last Governors Cup, the double-header will be played from Wednesday to Sunday.

Ready for anything

The league chief also hinted at a number of rules changes and a new competition committee that will now consist of coaches Pido Jarensio (Northport), Jeff Carriasso (Converse), Topex Robinson (Phoenix Super LPG), Chris Gavina (Rain or Shine) and Ariel. Vanguardia (Blackwater).

“The organization will take care of how the league navigates controversial calls ranging from flops, timeouts, intentional fouls and even technical fouls,” Marshall said.

Asia’s leading pro leagues are also considering allowing more fan interaction for the season, but that will depend on the national government’s decision early next month.

Marshall said the league is also ready if an optic is involved with the restrictions again.

“We will do another semi-bubble. We are ready to play without the fans as before, ”he said.

The league will host a pre-season press conference at Conrad in City on May 30 and is also considering reviving its Media Day the next day.

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