FORMER PBA coach Chito Narvasa has been included in the short list of candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant position of league commissioner following a marathon two-hour board meeting at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
The league board had initially announced six candidates last week, namely Talk ‘N Text veteran Danny Seigle, former league star Vince Hizon, former NBA Asia Pacific managing director Mark Fischer, TV5 sports commentator and lawyer Charlie Cuna, PBA operations chief Rickie B. Santos and Jay Adalem, founder of the Naascu league.
But after the board meeting on Thursday, the names of Seigle and Fischer were dropped from the list while Cuna backed out, citing 'family matters.'
PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio explained that after carefully considering Fischer's background, the board deemed that the Amrican would be overqualified for the job. Fischer currently serves as consultant for UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in Asia. He is based in Singapore.
Gregorio explained that Narvasa was eventually inserted in a shorter list that now includes Santos, Hizon and Adalem, saying the former Purefoods and Shell coach became available after threshing out some issues involving his work as president of a bank.
Narvasa is currently the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.
“Mr. Chito Narvasa went through the process and was interviewed by the head hunter. He was actually part of the short list, but because of some issues before on his work as president in a bank, he was not included yet,” explained Gregorio.
“But now that we have threshed out these issues, we feel we have to revisit and at least include Chito,” he added.
Gregorio also said that the head-hunting firm Global Executive Solutions Group suggested to the board to increase the adjusted short list to four.
“Global Solutions explained to us that as in any corporate process, there’s always got to be more rather than less. Ang sabi nila, kung kaya mong dagdagan, ilagay mo na, because you will never know,” he added.
The league chairman also said that current chief executive officer and president Chito Salud, who temporarily acts as commissioner, will be meeting one-on-one with Santos, Hizon, Adalem and Narvasa from now till April 29.
After the one-on-one meeting, Salud will make his recommendation to the board.
The PBA board will then convene on April 30 for its regular monthly meeting to hear the four candidates make their respective 15-minute presentations.
“Part of that is we will request them (four candidates) to present their plans and vision for the PBA. They will be interviewed by the board starting 11 a.m. Then they will be given 15 minutes each to make the presentation, then another 15 minutes for the question and answer,” Gregorio said.