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    Should PBA assistants be allowed to coach in MPBL? Board decides

    May 29, 2019

    SHOULD PBA assistant coaches be allowed to take on head-coaching roles in other leagues such as the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)?

    That could be settled when the PBA board convenes on Thursday to discuss the issue.

    Sources said there has been a growing number of PBA assistant coaches getting offers from other leagues, particularly the fledging MPBL.

    However, some of them aren’t sure whether to accept the offers as there is a prevailing belief around the league that they are not allowed to become head coaches in other leagues other than the UAAP, NCAA, and other collegiate leagues.

    Team officials in the PBA also have different sentiments on the topic, SPIN.ph learned.

    “If it’s true, why is MPBL different from UAAP, NCAA, M-League, and other leagues,” said a coach who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The PBA hasn't barred assistant coaches from taking on coaching roles in the collegiate leagues, with Phoenix deputy Topex Robinson the head coach at Lyceum and Olsen Racela the coach of Far Eastern University.

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    As it is, a number of PBA assistant coaches have already started coaching in the MPBL, including Rain or Shine assistant coach Don Dulay, who is the head coach of the Davao Occidental Tigers.

    Recently, Chris Gavina, another assistant of Rain or Shine, accepted an offer to coach the Bacoor Strikers.

    Before them, NLEX deputy Jojo Lastimosa coached the Bataan Risers.

    Former PBA coaches are also moving to the MPBL with nine-time champion Jong Uichico signing with the Bataan Risers and ex-Blackwater coach Bong Ramos now calling the shots for the Pampanga Lanterns.

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