PBA commish: We will return

THE PHILIPPINE Basketball Association remains hopeful for a potential return even after the government extended Metro Manila’s general community quarantine status to two weeks. League commissioner Willie Marcial was not the least bit surprised with the development.

"Covid-19 hasn't been contained, and so I was expecting Metro Manila staying under GCQ for the rest of the month. I think this will last until July before we'll experience less strict quarantine measures in the NCR (National Capital Region)," Marcial said.

"And July would not be late for our teams to have physical activities in the gym, leading hopefully to full practices and season return sooner than later."

The commissioner said he will be meeting with player representatives next week before talking to team managers and coaches. The PBA has said it has until August to decide on whether to push on with its 45th season or not. The season had played just one game—San Miguel versus Magnolia—before it got indefinitely suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic. (JNP)