Sorry, no results found for
    View Today
    Mon, Aug 20

    Homegrown players are never inferior to Fil-foreigners, says Gabe Norwood

    May 14, 2018
    "Local' talent has proven to be up to par and that all Filipino players (no matter where they were born) have improved their game," says Gilas mainstay Gabe Norwood. Photo by Fiba

    GABE Norwood played down the "disadvantage" that Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) commissioner Kenneth Duremdes feels local standouts could have when pitted against Filipino-foreign counterparts.

    That fear prompted the MBPL to implement a rule limiting its teams to just one Fil-foreign player no taller than 6-4 - a rule branded as 'discriminatory' and 'racist' by Fil-foreign players who have played in the PBA.

    "Looking at the numbers, the PBA hasn't had a 'Fil-foreign' MVP in almost a decade," Norwood told SPIN.ph. "So 'local' talent has proven to be up to par and that all Filipino players (no matter where they were born) have improved their game."

    ALSO READ
    ALSO READ

      Kelly Williams was the last multi-racial player to win the PBA MVP, claiming the award in the 2007-08 season, before Jayjay Helterbrand, James Yap, Jimmy Alapag, Mark Caguioa, Arwind Santos, and four-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo succeeded him.

      Alapag, Helterbrand, and Caguioa are full-blooded Pinoys who were raised in the US.

      Norwood, a Fil-American born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is befuddled by the MPBL's rule that discriminates against foreign-raised Filipino cagers.

      "It’s just confusing to me to be honest," the Rain or Shine utility man said. "I feel like the game has become so global, that one would embrace that global influence especially when Filipino blood is present."

      Fellow Fil-Am Chris Ross, usually vocal on social media, politely declined to comment on the issue.

      "It's their rule," the San Miguel Beer playmaker said. "I'm part of the PBA. It's their league."

      Continue reading below ↓
      Read Next
      We recommend
      MORE FROM SUMMIT MEDIA
      Sponsored Content
      "Local' talent has proven to be up to par and that all Filipino players (no matter where they were born) have improved their game," says Gilas mainstay Gabe Norwood. Photo by Fiba
    • POLL

      • Quiz

        Quiz Result