With the restart of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) set to commence in less than two weeks, players are anxious to get back on the floor and get some actual 5x5 action in before the real thing starts.
However, they have to patiently wait for the results of their swab tests to be released before they’re able to take the next step in their preparation for the Philippine Cup that starts on October 11 at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.
All 12 teams are already in the “bubble” inside the Clark Freezone.
The last batch of teams led by reigning five-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel as well as Rain or Shine, NLEX, Blackwater, Alaska, NorthPort, and Barangay Ginebra arrived on Tuesday.
Magnolia, TnT Tropang Giga, Meralco, Terrafirma and Phoenix comprised the first group to arrive at the Quest Hotel.
According to Blackwater assistant coach and Cebuano Ryan Betia, they’re all required to stay inside their rooms until the results of their swab tests come out.
The former University of San Carlos assistant coach says the struggle is more on the mental and emotional side especially for those players and coaches that have families. “Sakit na akoang ilong sa sigeg swab test,” said Betia in jest.
“But everything is good here. We have great food and we’re all just waiting for the test results to come out before we can start playing in scrimmages,” he added. Vince Dizon, the president and CEO of Bases Conversion and Development Authority, said the players won’t have to wait long for the results to come out.
"We're waiting for the results. Typically, its 24-48 hours," Dizon said. League commissioner Willie Marcial said team scrimmages would definitely get going once the swab test results are out. "Hinihintay lang natin yung test result. Pagkatapos noon, game na tayo, scrimmages na tayo," the affable league official said. (JNP)