OVERCOMING the floods of Metro Manila can be a tall order - even for towering basketball players.
Six of 10 PBA ballclubs were forced to cancel practice on Wednesday as most players were either stuck at home or left stranded on the road by the floods spawned by typhoon Maring.
“Susugod sana ko sa baha kaso hindi ako nakapag-dala ng bathing suit,” said Globalport veteran Willie Miller with a laugh after failing to reach the Ronac Gym in San Juan from his place in Taguig City. “Si Sol (Mercado) hindi rin nakapunta, binaha sa lugar nila sa Pasig."
Rain or Shine's wide-bodied big man Beau Belga proved no match for the deep floods that hit the Magallanes area just off the SLEX exit as he tried to make it to practice at the NEGA Gym in Greenhills.
“Buti na lang na-cancel yung practice namin,” said Belga, who was already at the gym on Monday when Rain or Shine management decided to cancel their practice.
The same flooding at Magallanes avenue forced big men Joe DeVance and Ken Bono to miss San Mig's afternoon practice at the Ronac Gym which only had seven players in attendance.
“Hindi talaga makakalabas yung dalawa (DeVance and Bono). Baha sa paglabas ng village nila. Tumawag nga sa akin,” said San Mig Coffee governor Rene Pardo, who himself was stuck at home due to the flooding just outside their village in Paranaque.
The Mixers had an early morning practice on Tuesday, which turned into a shooting practice in the absence of Tim Cone, but their scheduled afternoon training was already called off.
“Kakaunti lang dumating. Yung mga taga North (Manila) lang. Kaming mga taga South … sumubok pero hindi kaya. Stalled na mga sasakyan sa Magallanes,” Jojo Peralta, San Mig Liaison officer, said.
It was no surprise that the teams that managed to hold practice on Tuesday are the same teams that will see action, weather permitting, in a PBA Governors Cup double-header on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Talk 'N Text managed to sneak in a practice while Alaska rescheduled its practice to 6-8 p.m. at the Reyes Gym after calling off its 12-3 p.m. training at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
“Nag-reschedule kami pero hindi pa sure yan. Tinitignan pa namin ang sitwasyon … May mga players na hindi passable ang daan sa kanila,” said Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas.
Other teams that cancelled practices on Tuesday were the Barako Bull Energy Cola, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Meralco Bolts, Petron Blaze Boosters, and Air 21 Express.
“Hindi na namin pinag-ensayo mga players naming kasi karamihan sa kanila taga-Paranaque, mahirap ipagsapalaran mamaya abutan ng delubyo ma-stranded pa,” said Air 21 coach Franz Pumaren.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial told Spin.ph they will release an advisory on whether the Wednesday games will push through or not on game day itself.
“Bukas pa kami magde-decide. Titignan pa muna namin ang sitwasyon ng panahon bukas. Maglalabas kami agad ng communication,” said Marcial.