PBA commissioner Chito Salud believes the country stands a good chance of making it back to the World Basketball Championship.
Salud said the hosting rights given to the Philippines in staging the FIBA-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship – the qualifying tournament for the world cage meet – is definitely a big factor.
“Do we have a chance (at the World Championship)? I say yes. With the full support of the PBA we really have a good chance,” said Salud. “Come to think of it, we’re playing at home and our players will be extra inspired.”
This marks the first time the Asian championships will be held in the country after more than four decades.
But earning one of three berths at stake for Asia will take more than just homecourt edge, according to Salud.
He said the national team still needs to have a good preparation of playing together, the unwavering commitment and support of all sectors, and of course, the badly-needed breaks.
Lest it be forgotten, Salud also stressed the unconditional assistance all the 10 PBA team owners will be giving to the program.
“Gusto lang naman natin talaga, makasali tayo dyan sa World Basketball Championship. Iisa lang ang bansa natin kaya’t dapat tayong matuwa kasi makikita mo na ang ating pagsa-sama-sama,” he added.
Other than this, the amiable commissioner also revealed the participation of all 10 teams for national cause will not only be limited to lending players to Gilas Pilipinas.
Marketing, advertising, and other sponsorships will likewise be part of the package, Salud added.
“Napag-kasunduan na ang first crack at endorsement ng lahat ng pakete (ng advertisement) ng Fiba-Asia will be offered first sa mga PBA team owners,” bared Salud.
“We look at the Fiba Asia tournament as an opportunity not just for the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas or the MVP group, but also for the entire membership of the PBA to promote their services and products.
“And ito nga nagsisimula na ang kooperasyon at pagtutulungan para maabot yung layunin na yun.”