PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas bared his plan of holding an exhibition series featuring a Philippine select team against the Chinese national basketball squad before the league kicks-off its 46th season.
Vargas, who is currently serving his fourth consecutive term, said in a statement that he wants to see a best-of-seven series between the “PBA Warriors” possibly mentored by former Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao and the Asian powerhouse.
“I think he would be perfect to lead a courageous charge for national pride and honor,” said Vargas. “I would like to see Season 46 jump started with this exhibition match, the technical aspects of which could be crafted by our tournament officials. We need to give our people inspiration and hope. I will even join the team in their ‘friendlies’.”
“We need to rally our people towards a common goal. Let us all sacrifice for the greater good and for a stronger PBA. We will pivot, deliver, transform and perform,” he added.
The TNT governor however admitted that the first order of business is to get all the players vaccinated in order to be part the country’s fightback against COVID-19.
League commissioner Willie Marcial earlier said in an interview that the league will be procuring “2,000-3,000” doses of the Moderna vaccine courtesy of the Philippine Red Cross, and an additional 1,500 doses from the MVP Group. The vaccines are expected to arrive in May, per vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr.
Vargas also called on his fellow team governors to start the upcoming season as soon as possible in order for the country to achieve a ‘semblance of normalcy’.
“Thank you governors for your unrelenting support and concern for the league and its fans. Let’s get the ball rolling as soon as possible.”