FOR the first time after so many months, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will parade imports as it ends its season with the 2021 Governors’ Cup that will start on December 8, 2021 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Governors’ Cup features imports with a 6-foot-6 height limit. The tournament should have opened last Sunday, November 28, but was pushed back due to the late arrival of some imports, who still need to undergo mandatory quarantine procedures.
The imports who will strut their wares in the season-ending tourney are KJ McDaniels of NLEX Road Warriors, McKenzie Moore of TNT Tropang Giga, Tony Bishop of Meralco, Olu Ashaolu for the Alaska Aces, Henry Walker of Rain or Shine Elastopainters, Jaylen Bond of Blackwater Elite, Paul Harris of Phoenix Fuel Masters, Terrafirma Dyip’s Antonio Hester, Cameron Forte of NorthPort Batang Pier, Brandon Brown of the San Miguel Beermen, Mike Harris of Magnolia Pambansang Manok and Justine Brownlee of defending Governors’ Cup champions Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
And just like in the previous two conferences, no basketball fans will be allowed to watch the games at the venue. This will also be the first time that imports will play in the PBA minus the usually rabid crowd.
League commissioner Willie Marcial said they are in talks with several local government units regarding the possibility of holding the games in their respective areas with fans allowed to enter the venue.
Scheduled visits from PBA reps include Pasay City tomorrow, December 1, for possible playdates at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Other venues being considered aside from the Ynares Sports Arena are Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Filoil Flying V Centre, and Ynares Center in Antipolo.
(PHOTO CREDIT: pba.ph)