SORRY, coach Yeng.
PAUL Lee and Jeff Chan will no longer be part of the Philippine team that will represent the country in the 2018 Asian Games.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio explained Yeng Guiao's wish to include both Lee and Chan in the Asiad pool was not granted since the board's original ruling was to allow the core of only one of its teams.
Aside from that, Chan is playing for new team Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against San Miguel.
“Mahirap siguro dahil Jeff will play in the finals. I think, again, as Comm. Willie said, the decision was for Rain or Shine. One team na lang kasi hindi makaka-adjust ‘yung PBA,” said Panlilio.
“As you know, it’s very hard for Comm. Willie to change the schedules,” the SBP head added.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial reiterated the league’s decision to send players from only one team to the Asian Games so as to limit the disruption in the league’s schedule for the Governor’s Cup.
“In the last board meeting, one team lang para hindi masira ang schedule. TNT, hindi puwede, ‘yung number one team (Rain or Shine), pumayag, siya ang kinuha. One team lang talaga ang policy nun,” said Marcial.
Marcial explained the league will only be adjusting the Rain or Shine schedule for the Governors’ Cup, which will open on August 17, a day after the Philippine men’s basketball team open its campaign in the Asian Games.
Marcial said Rain or Shine management was willing to sacrifice, even if it will be forced to play successive games upon its arrival from Indonesia.
“Pagbalik nila dito, halos sunud-sunod na ang game nila. Ang isang kagandahan naman, ang mga owners ng Rain or Shine, pumayag at willing hindi lang para sa bansa, pati sa PBA,” said Marcial.
Rain or Shine team governor Mert Mondragon said the Elastopainters are honored to fly the flag in the quadrennial showpiece.
“When I was informed by the commissioner that SBP has signified its interest that Rain of Sine be the the Philippine representative to the Asian Games, we were very happy. We immediately conveyed that message to our team owners,” said Mondragon.