The move to disregard the PBA D-League requirement is going to make the 2020 PBA Draft exciting.
With the new normal messing up life on earth as well as the other avenues to realize basketball good life like Kai Sotto’s G-League stint, AJ Edu’s US NCAA college stint, Thirdy Ravena’s international basketball career, and whatever the hell Jason Brickman is thinking (is he going to join the PBA or not), this should entice a bunch of early 20-something, college graduates to apply for the draft.
As it stands, the PBA D-League has been a ridiculous requirement for a lot of draft applicants. Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s vital for the PBA to have a testing ground on whether or not an applicant deserves a PBA roster spot… or to even have his PBA draft application approved.
But with the game-fixing as well as the lack of interest from both players and fans, maybe the league officials could ask Manny Pacquiao to have the MPBL merge with the D-League.
MPBL has management issues.
The D-League needs asses on their seats.
This is a good combo!
With that said, you got to feel it for the “victims” of the 2019 PBA Draft. The special Gilas round draft continues to be a bad move because I doubt if the next Gilas coach would let the neophytes loose in favor of the veterans. With limited international training as well as the lack of competitive exposure will surely turn them into scapegoats.
I also believe that the pandemic will stop the home and away format and the return of a two-week tourney like in the previous additions is not a farfetched thought.
Hell, if the ABL have canceled their season, perhaps the MPBL could follow suit since the home-and-away format is a problem in these trying times. Also, with ABS-CBN Sports out indefinitely, I think the best for all the basketball leagues is to plan for ways to make the most of this situation. How about creating one, big Superleague like how the Japanese and Korean leagues are?
Come to think of it, maybe the MPBL should merge with the D-League and follow the latter’s format?