The Philippine Basketball Association is considering several locations for a possible ‘bubble’ when it restarts the 2020 Philippine Cup which has been suspended since March 11 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per league chairman Ricky Vargas, among the locations being considered are Quezon City (Smart-Araneta Coliseum), Laguna (INSPIRE Sports Academy), Clark in Pampanga, and Batangas.
“We don’t have a choice, we have a model na – the model is the NBA. We should just go ahead and move forward and look forward to the time na maglalaro tayo – whether it’s the NBA way or a more innovative way. We don’t want the PBA’s popularity to lose out also, that we’re not doing anything, our fans could be more aggressive than us and we’d like to satisfy also their concerns,” said Vargas on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) online Forum.
“This is a good start. We are ready to do what we have to do. Our next board meeting will focus on plans of the commissioner to talk about a way of beginning the conference so we can start early and letting the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] know and the rest of the government agencies,” added the board governor of TNT KaTropa.
For his part, league commissioner Willie Marcial bared that he has already instructed his deputy Eric Cordero to evaluate the said locations and come up with a recommendation which will be presented to the board on Thursday.
“Lalatag ko sa governors tapos titingan namin kung ano pinakamagandang option,” said Marcial.
Among the teams that resumed their practices on Tuesday are Brgy. Ginebra, Rain or Shine, Alaska, Blackwater, and San Miguel.