Country above anything else.
The PBA has agreed to move the season-ending Governors’ Cup to after the country’s staging of the FIBA Asia Championship, giving the national team enough time to prepare for the World Cup qualifying event.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud confirmed he got the nod of team owners of member teams for the change in schedule.
“I had a very positive and productive talk with our team owners,” wrote Salud in a text message to InterAKTV. “Not only have they agreed to lend their players. They readily okayed moving the third conference until after the FIBA Asia tournament.”
The FIBA Asia Championship is scheduled on August 1 to 11. The Governors’ Cup was originally slated May 12 to July 28.
The decision to postpone the third conference gives the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team more time to prepare and assemble the best composition of the squad.
Salud welcomed this new development, stressing that national interest were given more priority by the team owners.
“When good men reason together, the outcome is inevitably beneficial to everyone,” said Salud. “In this case, our owners placed national interest above all considerations. I am so proud of the PBA.”
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