PBA Sked Changed For Gilas

To give way to Gilas Pilipinas' preparation for the FIBA-Asia Championship, the PBA is bending back farther as it decided to move the Governors' Cup - the third and last conference of the season - to a later date.

Just two weeks ago, the PBA Board of Governors agreed to shorten the format of the season-ending third conference to give the PBA players, who will be chosen by coach Chot Reyes, enough time to train with the Gilas II national team.

However, with the clamor of giving more time for Reyes to prepare the Philippine team, league Commissioner Chito Salud said that PBA owners - in an unprecedented step - have agreed to move the schedule of the Governors' Cup.

"The PBA owners have agreed to make way for the FIBA-Asia tournament by transferring the third conference of the current 2013 Season from the original May-July schedule to August-October," Salud said in a statement.

"To counter the negative effects on the member-teams of the resulting protracted break between conferences, the second conference will be extended by adopting the format of the recently concluded Philippine Cup. This means that the second conference will finish by the last week of May, instead of April 28," he added.

A formal approval of these revisions by the PBA governors, Salud said, will be on Thursday in a special board meeting.

The Governors' Cup is originally set May 12 to July 28, a week after the All-Star Weekend in Digos, Davao del Sur. Now, the Governors' Cup will be moved to a date later in August after the FIBA-Asia until late October.

The start of the 39th PBA Season will also be reset.

The FIBA-Asia Championship is set August 1 to 11, and it serves as the qualifying tournament for the World Championship in Spain next year. The top three teams in the FIBA-Asia will earn slots in the world event.

Reyes said that while the ideal training period is six months, and that he actually asked the league to make the PBA players available for three months, two-month training is much better than two weeks of preparation.

He also said via his Twitter account @coachot "2 months. Final pool to be released thurs."

Candidates in the national pool are Talk 'N Text's Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger and Larry Fonacier, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine, Globalport's Gary David, Alaska's Sonny Thoss, Meralco's JayR Reyes and Ronjay Buenafe, Barako Bull's Rico Villanueva, Rommel "KG" Canaleta of Air21, and Ginebra's LA Tenorio, who all played for Reyes either in Taiwan, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Also to be considered are Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams and Jayson Castro of TNT, Alaska's JV Casio, and players from San Miguel Corporation-owned teams including Jun Mar Fajardo of Petron, and Marc Jean Pingris of San Mig Coffee.

Greg Slaughter, the 7-footer from Ateneo and part of the "cadet" pool, is also a candidate.

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