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PBA floats Governors’ Cup delay

Most of them are still fixing their papers and we don’t know the exact date of their arrival. We’ll see.



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The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) hinted at a possible delay of the Governors’ Cup.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial floated the idea of pushing back the schedule of the season-ending conference as teams are still awaiting for the arrival of their respective imports.

The reinforced conference was originally set on 28 November while the 3×3 tourney is tipped to open on 20 November at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

But with majority of imports yet to arrive and teams yet to go full blast in their trainings, the league is mulling to possibility of having a slight delay.

“It is possible that the second conference might be rescheduled because we’re still waiting for the arrival of the imports,” Marcial said.

“Most of them are still fixing their papers and we don’t know the exact date of their arrival. We’ll see.”

Naturalized Jordanian Cameron Forte was the first import to arrive in the country this week.

On the other hand, several imports like Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Shabazz Muhammad of Meralco and Henry Walker of Rain or Shine are scheduled to land on the country next week.

Marcial said they are required to undergo five-day quarantine, giving them barely enough time to join their respective teams in training.

With that, the league chief said it is justifiable to reschedule the start of the games and until all imports arrive and join team practices.

Based on the league’s blueprint, the top four teams after the single-round eliminations will carry a twice-to-beat advantage going to the quarterfinals, while the semifinals will be a best-of-five series followed by a best-of-seven championship series.

“We are calculating the possible date. But we can assure that the second conference will definitely push through,” Marcial said.

“We cannot start the games if the imports are incomplete. That’s our agreement with the PBA board.”