COMMISSIONER Chito Narvasa bared that the PBA is close to establishing a Vis-Min D-League, with the planning process now down to its final stages of studying the viability and sustainability of a developmental league down south.
Narvasa said the league is already in the process of crafting the specifics of the PBA D-League down south that was approved during the recent board meeting of the league held in Korea.
“We are still waiting for the final drafting of the arrangement before we can implement it. Sana maayos,” said Narvasa.
“’Yung mga mechanisms, aayusin pa. Hopefully, magkaroon kami siguro by early next month. Baka may working draft na kami,” he added.
The plan to put up a separate D-League tournament in the Visayas-Mindanao area is part of the league’s plan to expand its reach to more players from the provinces down south who wish to turn pro.
“Sinasabi nila na ang hirap at maraming mga magagaling sa Manila, baka naman puwedeng ang PBA D-League at PBA ang pumunta roon. We are looking to open more doors and create opportunities for our players and schools in the south,” said Narvasa.
“Basta pumasok sa D-League, puwede ng kunin at eligible na ma-draft so they don’t have to go to Manila. Minsan mas magastos pa (sa Manila) eh meron naman doon,” he added.
Narvasa, however, said the PBA is being thorough in its planning especially since there are some more concerns that need to be polished, including the standard of officiating and the quality of players that will see action in the tournament.
“Marami pang pag-uusapan. Katulad ng officiating, kailangan pareho ang standards. On the first year, sabihin natin na nakapag-draft na, ano ‘yung quality na mapo-produce dun sa Visayas. Dapat at par sa Manila. Baka it’s not going to be good to create opportunities for the other players kasi malayo ang hahabulin nila maski may D-League. Marami pang what ifs,” said Narvasa.
Nevertheless, Narvasa is happy with the response of the basketball community in the Visayas and Mindanao to the D-League plan.
“May mga kausap kami pero wala pang commitment. We want to find out if it’s viable. There is a lot of interest. ‘Yun ang importante,” said Narvasa.