PBA to do away with 'imports' this season

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has always had a rich history involving foreign players or so-called “imports” who showcase their skills during the import-laden Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cup conferences.

But with the PBA pressed for time due to the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, league commissioner Willie Marcial said that it might be a while before Filipino basketball fans will get to see imports play in the league as he intimated that if ever they would be given the green light to resume the stalled season, they would only be having the all-Filipino tournament.

And unless a vaccine is found for COVID-19, Marcial added they’ll probably just stick to the all-Filipino format moving forward.

"Posibleng no imports. Ang problema kasi may papayag bang imports na pumunta dito sa atin ngayon? At syempre, may takot din tayong tanggapin sila sa atin ngayon. Makikipaglaro ba ang players natin sa kanila?" Marcial was quoted as saying on the PBA’s website.

"At kung may pumunta man, kailangan pa ng 14-day quarantine period. At pag nagpalit ka ng import, another 14-day quarantine period. So malamang na magsisimula tayo sa pagbalik sa all-Filipino," Marcial said.(JNP)