Sep 15, 2020

PBA to hear players' thoughts on planned season restart

PBA players will be informed of the bubble options in the planned PBA restart as they sit down in a meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the league's office in Libis, Quezon City.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial is convening key player representatives from the 12 ball clubs as they anticipate the government's go-signal on the league's request that they now be allowed 5-on-5 scrimmages.

And moving forward, the league is also hoping for the government's nod on league's restart by October.

"These are the plans, and I want to hear suggestions and inputs from the players," said Marcial.

"First, we will show them the different bubble concepts and tournament formats being considered by the PBA board. Then I will welcome words from them," Marcial added.

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Players from each team are invited in the meeting. Among those expected to attend are Ginebra's LA Tenorio, San Miguel's Alex Cabagnot, Magnolia's Marc Pingris, NorthPort's Sean Anthony, TNT's Jayson Castro, Meralco's Reynel Hugnatan, NLEX's Asi Taulava, Blackwater's Mac Belo, Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, Phoenix's Matthew Wright, Alaska's Vic Manuel and Terra Firma's Rashawn McCarthy.

With the players diligently attending the ongoing non-scrimmage workouts of their respective teams, there's no question as to the commitment of each one on the league's plan to restart PBA Season 45 sooner than later.

"I'm not pressuring them, but I know the players are committed," said Marcial.
Missing in practice are some Fil-foreign players who are still out of the country. (SB)