The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will open its second reinforced conference on November 26 or 28 and potentially with fans in the stands at a venue in Metro Manila.
Businessmirror has learned that the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases that the league may already operate in the National Capital Region after health protocols were lowered to Alert Level 2 in the region the other day.
The PBA has previously stated their desire to bring fans back and resume play in Metro Manila, most likely at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The PBA has been playing in a bubble since last year.
According to IATF guidelines for PBA, the site could accept fans fully vaccinated at 50% capacity. In addition, all members of the PBA family must be fully immunized.
The local government unit, according to the IATF directive, must accept the league in its jurisdiction.
The PBA, according to Commissioner Willie Marcial, will open its 3 × 3 tournament ahead of the second conference on November 20 at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Vic “Muscle Man” Manuel, meanwhile, will bring his strongman act back to NorthPort during the second conference.
The PBA on Friday approved Manuel’s return to Batang Pier with Michael Calisaan after their brief stint with Phoenix Super LPG in exchange for Sean Anthony, rookie Sean Manganti and their 2021 second-round pick in the team’s draft. acquired from TNT Tropang Giga.
“It’s going to be fun,” Manuel, 34, told BusinessMirror minutes after the trade was approved. “I am very happy because I will always play in PBA and at the same time I am returning to the team where I started my career in PBA.”
Manuel was drafted ninth overall by NorthPort in 2012. He was signed by Meralco in 2013 before being traded to Air21. In 2014, it was shipped to Alaska as part of a trade involving Aldrech Ramos.
He reached his full potential with the Aces under former coach Alex Compton in six years with the team. He was sent by Alaska to Phoenix Super LPG for Brian Heruela and three draft picks last February.
Manuel averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists with the Fuel Masters, but did not play in the crucial final knockout game against Barangay Ginebra for the final quarterfinal due a groin injury. Phoenix lost the game, 85-95, last September.
Manuel said he was excited to play alongside 7-footer Greg Slaughter Robert Bolick and top-flight rookie Jamie Malonzo.
“I played alongside Greg [Slaughter] during SEA 2019 [Southeast Asian] Games. They also have Malonzo and Bolick, both are good players, ”said Manuel, who is still recovering from his groin injury. “I need to rest, but I’m fine.”
Phoenix management welcomed Anthony and Manganti.
“We welcome Sean Anthony and Sean Manganti. We believe their talent and work ethic will prove essential to the success of our team and we are very happy to see them on the pitch, ”said Phoenix in a statement sent by team manager Paolo Bugia.
Anthony, 35, will play for his eighth team in 11 years in the league. Anthony only played seven games for Batang Pier in the Philippine Cup due to various injuries and averaged 9.86 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
The former Adamson University Falcon Manganti averaged just 4.5 points and 2.9 rebounds during the 2020 bubble season.