PLAYING in the PBA remains very much a part of Thirdy Ravena’s career plan.
While the Ateneo de Manila standout is poised to suit up for the San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B.League in launching his pro career, he made it clear he’s not discounting the possibility of playing in Asia’s pioneering pro league.
On when that will be is a question Ravena couldn’t answer at the moment.
“Hindi mawawala yung PBA sa akin (in the future),” said Ravena when interviewed over the Power&Play radio program of former PBA commissioner Noli Eala. “Ngayon mahirap lang sabihin precisely when because time is a bit uncertain right now.
“Ang daming nangyayari right now and there’s a lot of mess in terms of scheduling.”
One concrete proof Ravena has high interest of eventually trekking a PBA career path just like elder brother Kiefer Ravena, and much earlier, his father Bong Ravena – now head coach of TnT Katropa – Thirdy made the effort of talking with league commissioner Willie Marcial about his plans to take his act to Japan at the moment.
Thirdy fondly calls Marcial as ‘tatay.’
“Tumawag siya sa akin at nag-usap kami tungkol sa plano niya,” said Marcial in a separate chat with SPIN.ph
“I think magbibigay pa yata siya ng letter sa PBA regarding this.”
Without elaborating, the letter obviously meant proof Ravena couldn’t apply in the coming Rookie Draft since he’s under contract with NeoPhoenix.
An existing league rule totally call for banning players who are already eligible for drafting but chose to skip the proceeding for two straight years.
The three-time UAAP Finals MVP was already eligible to apply in last year’s draft, but begged off from joining the proceedings as he was considering offers to play in Japan and Australia.
Even before he joined NeoPhoenix, Ravena has already told about his plan to Marcial.
“Nag-usap na kami tungkol diyan bago pa siya nag-announce tungkol sa pagpunta niya ng Japan,” said the commissioner.
As of now, Ravena knows his priority is with NeoPhoenix in the B.League.
“We’ll take it one year at a time, take it one contract at a time,” he said.