Gilas Pilipinas pool set for changes owing to PBA blockbuster trade, says Panlilio
SBP president Al Panlilio says they need to revisit the memorandum of agreement with the PBA owing to the NLEX-GlobalPort-TNT-Meralco trade as well as the release of the World Cup qualifiers schedule. Jerome Ascano

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is set to sit down with the PBA board and revisit the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) both parties had with regards to the lending of players to the Gilas Pilipinas program.

Panlilio said it is imperative for both bodies to discuss anew the path the national team has to take following the recent draw held for the Fiba World Cup qualifiers and the multi-players trade involving three PBA franchises.

The Fiba World Cup qualifiers draw gave a a clearer picture on how the home-and-away format would proceed, with the Philippines bunched with Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei in Group B. The schedule of games will also be played late November of this year, February and June of 2018 and early July also next year.

Meanwhile, the blockbuster trade amongst Globalport, NLEX, and TnT Katropa has somewhat outdated the original agreement between the SBP and the league in which each PBA ballclub is required to release at least one player and a cadet to the national team.

Following the deal, the Batang Pier ended up with three members of the Gilas training pool under their fold in Terrence Romeo, Bradwyn Guinto, and Jonathan Grey, not to mention cadet Von Pessumal.

“Ipa-plantsa ko lang sa isang presentation so that it would be easy to show to the PBA board,” Panlilio disclosed to “Technically, alam naman ng PBA and SBP board yung mga windows na tatamaan.”

He said adjustments will also have to be made as far as the one player per team policy is concerned with regards to the case involving Globalport.

“Most probably we’ll have to adjust the pool,” he pointed out.

Panlilio, also the representative of Meralco to the league board, said he already had an initial discussion with commissioner Chito Narvasa regarding the matter.

“Ang sabi niya (Narvasa) nga, the problem is not the games themselves, kung hindi yung training, on how we should train for those competitions,” said the SBP top honcho, who has never missed a single game of Gilas Pilipinas in the Seaba Championship at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Technically if the MoA would be strictly followed, cadet players should start training for the pool 60 days before a tournament, while PBA players are allowed to come in at least two weeks before the tournament.

“Any training, say the FIBA Asia is in August, 60 days before that is June, technically based on the MoA, the cadets should be there by June,” said Panlilio.


He added the MoA is written in black and white and signed by both the SBP and PBA.

“At the end of the day, as long as everybody follows that because that’s an agreement, I don’t think my problema on the side of the PBA and the SBP,” Panlilio stressed.

The SBP president said he believes the PBA board remains committed in allowing their players to suit up for Gilas.

“The MoA is very clear about what are the important tournaments that we are faced with,” added Panlilio, stressing the Fiba World Cup qualifiers and the FIBA Asia Cup are of utmost priority for Gilas. “It’s very clear there.”

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