THE PHILIPPINE Basketball Association Press Corps, an organization made up of reporters from all publications covering the pro league beat, will hold its 19th Annual Awards on Monday, September 10, at the Kamayan Edsa.
Highlight of the program will be the awarding of the Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year citations, trophies named after PBA luminaries Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan and the late Crispa bossman Danny Floro, respectively.
The group will also hand out for the first time the ‘Scoring Champ’ award, which will be given to gunslinger Gary David of the defunct Powerade team for an outstanding offensive season that had him contending for MVP honors and member of the Smart Gilas-Pilipinas program.
The affair starts at 7 p.m. and PBA Press Corps president Musong R. Castillo of the Inquirer is calling on all past presidents, members and PBA personalities to attend.
A number of other awards are also up for grabs, like the Defensive Player of the Year, the Comeback Player of the Year and the Mr. Quality Minutes trophy which several superstars of yesteryears have won before.
Marcio Lassiter of Petron Blaze, JV Casio of Powerade, now Global Port, James Sena of Air21 and Dylan Ababou of Barangay Ginebra, will join and Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee in the All-Rookie team.
Lee was the hands-down winner of the Rookie of the Year award.
The PBA Press Corps started giving out these awards in 1994 to recognize outstanding talents, doing so annually except in 2004 when the PBA went on a transition season to hold just two conferences in a year.