A shortened tournament would work best if the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is going to be allowed to return to actual game action.
This was the sentiment expressed by the NLEX Road Warriors’ head coach Yeng Guiao.
"Ang hirap pag 'di iko-compress (It’s going to be very difficult if the tournament is not compressed)," Guiao was quoted as saying on the league’s official website.
The fiery head coach said that both players and coaches alike would be battling mental health issues if they were kept away from their families for an extended period of time.
"You have to be in a bubble for three to four months? Masisiraan ng ulo yung mga players, lalo na yung mga coaches. I think there's gonna be a mental health issue kung masyadong matagal (The players and coaches alike are going to lose their minds)," Guiao added.
Guiao also suggested that they did not have to look far for a venue from which they could hold their “bubble” games, recommending the Smart Araneta Coliseum as the most feasible one.
"From the hotel, we can go to our own practice venues. May sariling bus, our own transportation going to practice, then balik sa hotel, tulog dun, then laro sa Araneta. That's still considered a bubble," Guiao said.
League commissioner Willie Marcial and chairman Ricky Vargas have earlier expressed support for the concept of holding their games in a “bubble” setting, much like how the National Basketball Association (NBA) is handling its return to action.
Marcial said the league’s board of governors would be meeting soon to finalize its plans for a potential return before presenting this to the government for approval.
Vargas said he is grateful for all the support the league is getting from different local government units.
"When we seriously started talking about the bubble, we're getting offers from LGUs and resorts. We welcome that, we really welcome that," Vargas exclaimed. (JNP)>/b>