2016-2017 PBA season to open in November
MANILA, Philippines – The All-Filipino Conference of the 2016-2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) season is set to open on Sunday, November 20, league commissioner Chito Narvasa told Rappler on Thursday, October 6.
Following the 2015-2016 PBA Governors’ Cup finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco that will begin on Friday, October 7, the next major event of the 41-year-old basketball league will be its 2016 Draft Combine on October 26 and 27. In past years, the combine was held at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
The 2016 PBA Draft will then take place on Sunday, October 30, still at Robinson’s Manila mall. The new season then opens a little over 3 weeks later.
“It’s all definite already,” Narvasa said.
During the 2015 PBA Draft, the commissioner did not allow any trades during draft day. He remains uncertain if such a rule will take place again this year.
“I don’t know. I will look into it and see if it works, but if it’s exciting for the fans and for the teams, of course there’s going to be a way we can do it,” he said.
“Draft trades should be studied well, so we’ll look into that.”
The commissioner also said that the team order for draft selections hasn’t been finalized yet, and neither has a schedule for the first conference next season.
“Not yet, because we’re still working it out with SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas),” said Narvasa. – Rappler.com