THE PBA should hold a compressed schedule if the league decides to hold a bubble in the resumption of the 2020 season.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao made the suggestion as the PBA studies proposals to continue on with the season the same way as how the NBA did it which is to resume its games in one venue.
Guiao said he supports a PBA bubble although the league must need to make adjustments to its schedule in order for the system to be successful.
“It is really a big challenge for the league in general and for us individuals and for the teams. But the good thing is that we already have a model and it’s the NBA model,” said Guiao in a guesting on Cignal TV’s Sports Page.
“We can’t follow the NBA 100 percent like they did it. In the first place, wala naman tayong Disneyland dito. All we can do probably is find a place where we can bring the games together and find a way for the teams to practice every day and go to the games,” said Guiao.
The NLEX coach said the PBA needs to hold the shortened season at a maximum of two months, specifically so that players and coaches will be able to protect their mental health. For the compressed schedule to happen, Guiao said the PBA must play their games every day.
“Number one thing that we have to do is to compress the schedule. Ang mahirap kapag hindi mo nai-compress and you are in the bubble for three, four months, masisiraan ng ulo ‘yung mga players and lalo na ‘yung mga coaches,” said Guiao.
“I think there’s going to be a mental issue kung masyadong matagal. You have to compress the league. ‘Yung sinasabi ni Commissioner na kailangang maglaro tayo every day, that has to happen,” said Guiao.
Guiao said playing every day would mean that teams would possibly play thrice a week and the elimination round could be finished within a month.
Another month of playoff action in order to crown a champion would be enough, Guiao said.
“I think ‘yung two months na ‘yun, nasa bubble ka na, nasa quarters ka, kung nasa quarterfinals ka na, nasa semifinals ka na, nasa semifinals ka na, titiisin mo na,” said Guiao.
At the same time, Guiao understands that the bubble is also easier said than done which the PBA needs to study carefully.
“The other issue is logistics. Not just the finances but how do you do it in such a way that you can control the environment… Magiging logistical problem siya. Gagawin ba natin sa Araneta? Sa Subic? Sa Clark? Sa Dubai? Sa Batangas? Sa Laguna? I think we cannot answer that question. It’s only the board and the commissioner who can answer that question,” said Guiao.