PBA postpones 3rd conference, extends Commissioner’s Cup


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has decided to postpone the holding of the Governor’s Cup in a show of full support to the Smart Gilas national team.

“The PBA team owners have agreed to make way for the Fiba Asia tournament by transferring the third conference of the current 2013 season from the original May-July schedule to August-October,” PBA Commissioner Chito Salud said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Salud said the team owners instead agreed to extend the Commissioner’s Cup, or the second conference, to fill in the gap that will be created with the postponement of the third conference.

“To counter the negative effects on the member-teams of the resulting protracted break between conferences, the second conference will be extended by adopting the format of the recently concluded Philippine Cup. This means that the second conference will finish by the last week of May, instead of April 28,” Salud added.
The decision by the team owners to move the third conference to a later date gives Smart Gilas Pilipinas more time to prepare for the Fiba Asia Championship this August.

The adjustment of the schedules will provide the Philippine team with two months of unhampered training as a team, Salud added.

“In the meantime, regular Monday practices can commence for Gilas Pilipinas as soon as coach Chot Reyes finalizes the line-up of our team. Formal approval of these revisions by the PBA governors will be on February 7, Thursday, in a special board meeting called for this purpose,” he said.

The PBA Commissioner’s Cup kicks off on February 8.

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  • bsf

    Kudos to PBA!!!

  • Bright

    salamat.. Bring home the gold! 

  • rightist

    A good showing for Smart Gilas will also do wonders for PBA’s popularity. So this is a good decision for PBA and the country.

  • oh_noh

    no excuses – go gilas!

  • kentjohn

    they should travel to australia,angola and serbia.then a pocket tournament in pinas with korean,japs,chinese nat. team..jones cup also

  • Constantine

    The bulk will be coming from TNT so there is a core right away. The challenge will be how to make the other players jell with the TNT players. My best guess as to the players that will be chosen by Coach Chot are as follows:1)Jayson Castro 2)Alapag 3)Dillinger, 4)Kelly Williams 5)Ranidel De Ocampo 6)Fonacier 7)Marcus Douthit 8)Junmar Fajardo 9)Greg Slaughter 10)Jeff Chan 11)Gabe Norwood 12)Marc Pingris.The alternates are Ryan Reyes and Arwind Santos. This team has speed, outside shooting, heft and hustle! Enough to win it all!

  • CmdrAdobo

    good thing to do. good call.

  • pinoysadubai

    well done PBA…and good luck to Gilas, here’s wishing for a decent placing!

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