The 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was supposed to begin on April 11 but was later pushed back to April 18.
However, current restrictions in the new normal stopped those plans in its tracks. (Goodbye na lang to hosting a two-conference season!)
Both diehard fans and ballers were disappointed with the delay. Several notable PBA players also took to social media to share their thoughts.
NLEX Road Warriors superstar Kiefer Ravena penned a lengthy post on his Instagram about missing a big chunk of his life. Basketball, after all, had been ingrained in his identity since childhood.
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Judging by some of the photos that he shared, it looks like the 27-year-old guard is also missing the camaraderie of being with his teammates both on and off the court. The player wrote in his post, “Missing basketball too much.”
The lull in action, meanwhile, had Chris Ross thinking if the 2019 All-Star game will be the last of his storied career.
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The San Miguel Beermen playmaker wrote, “You never know when you might be doing something for the last time.”
The 36-year-old Ross was part of the 2019 South All-Stars who competed against the North team inside Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.
Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the PBA opted to cancel the 2020 All-Star Game altogether.
Ravena and Ross were not the only ones feeling the blues, as Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters shooter Matthew Wright also said that he is tired of playing the waiting game.
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The 29-year-old Gilas Pilipinas sniper expressed his desire to lace his sneakers anew for the fans, but still reminded everyone to keep safe during these trying times. He wrote, “I miss hooping but more importantly, I miss performing for the fans and giving them a few hours of joy and excitement. Everyone stay safe and abide by health protocols so we can give the people what they want.”
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, meanwhile, has hinted about the possibility of holding another season inside the bubble, like they did last year at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
If people continue to keep safe then perhaps we can see them play ball sooner rather than later.
Do you think it will be a good idea for the league to go down this route once more?