Salud shoots down CloudFone application to join D-League, bring in actor Xian Lim
PBA commissioner Chito Salud still encourages CloudFone to join next conference. Jerome Ascano

THE PBA has denied CloudFone’s application to join the PBA D-League this conference, saying the company filed its application too late.

In a letter by the PBA to team owner Eric Yu, Commissioner Chito Salud said CloudFone missed the deadline for application but nonetheless encouraged the company to pursue membership next season.

"We regret to inform you that the deadline for applications has passed and we could no longer accommodate your request. However, you may apply to join our next season," Salud said.

The PBA, in the process, also shot down the bid of actor Xian Lim to play in the D-League as a direct-hire by CloudFone.

“With regard to your request to allow your product endorser, Mr. Xian Lim, to play for your team without going through the Rookie Draft, we have a rule that all new players should go through the draft, with the exception of players of school-based teams. Hence, we cannot grant your request,” Salud said.

Bonnie Tan, part of the coaching staff of CloudFone, said the company will continue to form a team in preparation for their possible participation next season.

“We plan to join small tournaments first before we play in the PBA D-League,” said Tan, who is also the team manager of GlobalPort in the PBA.

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