Shiga Lakestars postpone press conference for Kiefer Ravena

The Shiga Lakestars have postponed the press conference for Kiefer Ravena.

The presser, which was originally scheduled for Monday, June 7 at the club’s YouTube channel, was supposed to formally welcome the 27-year old Ravena to the Japan B.League team.

“We have decided to postpone the press conference for Kiefer Ravena, which was scheduled to be held on Monday, June 7, on the club’s official Youtube channel,” said the team on Sunday through a statement on its website.

“On June 2nd we had an official announcement of signing Kiefer Ravena for the 2021-2022 season. However, after the announcement, it was reported in the Philippines that there are issues in his current contract,” added the team.

“We have decided to postpone the press conference until a more appropriate time, as holding a press conference with Ravena and us at this time may add more confusion of the situation. We will continue discussions to resolve this issues.”

The PBA board announced on Saturday that Ravena should honor his three-year contract with the NLEX Road Warriors which the former Ateneo de Manila standout signed last September.

“The board’s decision follows specifically the philosophy of the importance of a contract. The board has decided that Kiefer has to honor his contract with NLEX and with the PBA. That’s where we are,” said league chairman Ricky Vargas during an online press conference with commissioner Willie Marcial and vice chairman Bobby Rosales of Terrafirma.

Vargas added that they will inform the Japan B.League as well as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas of the board’s decision.

Ravena was set to play for the Lakestars under the league’s Asian Player Quota, the same setup of his younger brother Thirdy with the San-En NeoPhoenix.

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@peepso_user_215(sniper )
There is a live contract. Eto yung hindi abot ng pag-iisip nung iba sa atin eh. Kung may plano pala sya pumunta sa Japan at makasama kapatid nya di sana hindi na sya pumirma ng long-term deal. Very basic.
@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
brader dapat talaga i-revisit and i-review na yung rules and contracts est. 1975. lalo ngayon na ang basketball is global na talaga. madaming talents all over the world. marami ding leagues na pwedeng paglaruan.
3 months ago
@peepso_user_7(rock breaker)
So I've been following this issue for a couple of days now and I have to agree that Ravena is indeed obligated to honor his contract. Furthermore, there would be no need to revise existing rules regarding the UPC. That the only thing that needs to change in it is that a player should have a right for clauses inserted in his contract DURING contract negotiations. This practice is allowed and once signed becomes legal and binding. As for Ravena's case, again, there are several loopholes which they can avail of that will allow him to play in Japan. To name a few:
1. Unconditional Release. NLEX can unconditionally release Ravena from his contract thus allowing him to play in Japan. (However, this could be dangerous for NLEX as they will completely waive all rights to Ravena so in order to protect their own interests, NLEX and Ravena must have an agreement that should Ravena return to the PBA, NLEX (or any MVP team) has his playing rights first)
2. Leave of Absence.… Read more
3 months ago
@peepso_user_463(Elmer Ramos)
do you think magpeperform pa yan ng ayos? ang talo dito NLEX... at partly kasalanan ng PBA...
3 months ago
@peepso_user_61(peping )
he has to, he's a professional. he signed a 3-year contract just last September and he has to honor it. paano naman naging kasalanan ng PBA ang pagpirma nya ng kontrata?

sumuweldo sya ng malaki sa kabila nitong pandemya, at noong sya ay na-suspend ng FIBA. tapos ngayong malapit na magsimula ang season ay gusto nya takasan ang lahat. PBA pa ang may kasalanan? 🤦‍♀️
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