The Filipino fans are surely excited to see the three expansion teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), and a new development will put more fire on their eagerness to witness what this new teams will offer.
PBA chairman Ramon Segismundo has announced that the league is considering putting up a pocket tournament shortly after this year’s Annual Rookie Draft.
But the pocket tournament will only showcase the three expansion teams that would give PBA fans a glimpse of what to expect from the three new expansion teams.
The pocket tournament is just one of the topics to be discussed on Thursday when the league board convenes for its once-a-month meeting at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
“It is still on the drawing board but the commissioner (Chito Salud) and I are looking at possibly putting up a pocket tournament at puwedeng sumali dun 'yung mga expansion teams,” Segismundo told Spin.ph on Wednesday.
More than a month ago, the board unanimously accepted Blackwater/Ever Bilena, owned by sportsman/businessman Dioceldo Sy, Columbia Autocar Corp., distributor of Kia vehicles in the country, and five-time D-League champion NLEX Road Warriors to become the new member ballclubs of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league in time for its 40th season.
Blackwater and Kia already paid the P100 million required franchise fee recently while the league is still waiting for NLEX to pay for the expansion fee required.
KIA is already in talks with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to be their head coach in the PBA while there are rumors that Blackwater will bring their current D-League coach Leo Isaac as their possible top tactician in the league.
NLEX, on the other hand, might also bring their current D-League head coach Boyet Fernandez to mentor them in the Asia's first professional league. Fernandez is responsible for NLEX's five crowns in the D-League.
Blackwater and NLEX are currently fighting for the coveted crown in the 2014 PBA D-League Foundation Cup where the Road Warriors want a revenge of last year's upset by the highly-favored Elite.
That is only the time that NLEX were not able to earn the crown of the league.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
PBA eyeing pocket tournament for three expansion teams
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