PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas, who is also the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, has made known his wish to have the pro stars making the Philippine team for the Southeast Asian Games the country is hosting late this year.
And his wish may well be granted.
"Of course, we want the best to represent our country in the SEA Games that we're hosting," said Vargas during the official launch of PBA Season 44 at Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
"We want the best representation from Philippine basketball. At syempre, ayaw natin masilat in front of our kababayans," Vargas also said.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has said the PBA is committed to taking a break for the duration of the 30th SEAG from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 to give way to the biennial meet that the country is hosting for the fourth time.
Marcial also doesn't see a negative response from the board once the league chair officially makes a request for PBA players to serve duty to the games.
Vargas, who is serving as PBA chair for the second straight season, said a part of the PBA thrusts is looking at a program to see how the league can be of better help to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
The PBA is a member of the national cage federation headed by Meralco executive Al Panlilio as president.
Marcial said the PBA is taking a break by the third week of February to give way to Gilas Pilipinas' last two games in the FIBA World Cup qualifier.
The league commissioner said the PBA is also stopping play should Team Phl makes the 2019 World Cup in China.(SB)