No full team practices
PBA players will have to train in small groups as the league called off full team practices.
Metro Manila is under Alert Level 3 until at least Jan. 15 due to the rising cases of COVID-19 and the PBA is adjusting operations.
Teams will be back practicing in groups of five on Monday just like in the middle of the hard lockdowns last year as the specter of the PBA returning to a bubble tournament looms large in the horizon.
But the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases released a statement that contact sports will not be allowed under Alert Level 3, except for pro tournaments held under a bubble set-up.
Desiderio’s new deal with Blackwater
Coach Ariel Vanguardia noted that Desiderio has “some good games,” but the Bossing need more from the former UP Maroons star.
Vanguardia also wants Desiderio to trim down.
"He has to bring back that hunger in him. We also asked him to lose some excess pounds."
The 34-year-old Desiderio is averaging 6.40 points and 2.0 rebounds on 25 percent shooting from three-point range and 30 percent overall.
Paul Harris injury update
“Inaayos namin this week yung papers,” said team manager Paolo Bugia without elaborating on the possible temporary replacement of Harris.
Harris suffered the injury early in the game against NLEX on Dec. 25 and asked to be pulled out. The Fuel Masters went on to win the game to improve to 3-2.
Phoenix is scheduled to face San Miguel on Saturday.
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