Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Media Bureau Chief Willie Marcial said that the start of the country’s professional league was rescheduled from October 18, Sunday to October 21, Wednesday because of the inclement weather brought by Typhoon Lando. The venue was also moved from Ara¬neta Coliseum to Mall of Asia Are¬na in Pasay City. The opening ceremony is scheduled at 5 p.m. followed by the lone game between the Star Hotshots and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painmasters at 7 p.m.
“Our problem now is how to reschedule the original October 21 games which are Barako Bull versus Mahindra and Ginebra versus Meralco,” said Marcial. “But we’ll schedule it in the later date.”
The PBA also said that the proceeds of the season opener would be donated to the victims of Typhoon Lando.
Tickets bought for Sunday’s opener will not be honored at the MOA but ticket holders can refund their money at the Araneta Coliseum.
Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas national coach Tab Baldwin said that he is satisfied with the 17-man pool list released by the PBA Board of Governors last week. The national pool will train for next year’s World Olympic Wildcard qualifiers from July 4 to 10.
Baldwin said he is thankful to JC Intal, Sonny Thoss, Gary David, Dondon Hontiveros and veteran Paul Asi Taulava for giving their best during the FIBA Asia Olympic Qualifying tournament in Chang¬sha, China though they are no longer part of the new17-man pool.
“For me, those guys JC, Dondon, Sonny, Gary and Asi are always part of Gilas Pilipinas national team. They are always available every time I call them,” Baldwin told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday.
“I’m satisfied of course of the 17-man pool released by the PBA Board. They are my selection, but we don’t know what will happen in the future. I will consider also the other players as well.”
“If the training schedule of national team will be every Monday starting November, we’ll go for it,” he added.
The members of the new national pool are Alaska’s Calvin Abueva; Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood; Talk N’ Text’s Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser; Star’s Jean Marc Pingris; GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo; San Miguel Beer’s center Junmar Fajardo and guard Marcio Lassiter; Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter; Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan and Paul Lee; Talk ‘N Text’s Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario; and Star’s Ian Sanggalang.