As the PBA looks to kick off its delayed 46th season by June, NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena believes the resumption of the league could help boost the mental health of basketball-loving Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think basketball could help a lot of people in terms of the mental aspect of the pandemic and how it has affected the lives of everybody,” said Ravena during an episode of #LiveWithG3.
Ravena, who recently became the first Filipino athlete to sign with the Jordan Brand, feels that the return of the PBA would not only benefit the players, but would also give joy to millions of Filipinos who have been stuck at home since the start of the pandemic.
“Kaya gusto rin talaga namin makabalik kasi alam naman namin na makakatulong kami, hindi lang sa amin na makakapag-basketball kami, sa maraming tao din na meron silang libangan, something to take their minds out of problems,” he added.
(That’s why we really want to start playing again because we know we could help, not only for us because we could play again, but also to a lot of people as we could give them something to enjoy, something to take their minds out of problems.)
The PBA has already been given the green light to hold scrimmages in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), and Ravena hopes everything falls into place so the players could bring the excitement back again.
“Iba pa rin na meron kang pinapanood, na naglalaro yung mga idols ‘nyo, may libangan kayo, nag-bobonding kayo ng family ‘nyo, so ‘yun siguro yung pinaka-nilolook forward namin na hopefully mabalik.”
(It’s different when you have something to watch – you get to watch your idols play, you get to enjoy, you get to bond with your family, so we’re looking forward to hopefully bring that back again.) – Rappler.com