Out to win: PBA won’t be token EASL participant

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas. PBA IMAGES

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) joined the East Asia Super League (EASL) not for posterity, but to prove that it has some of the finest talents in the region.

“We not only have the talent, we also have seasoned competitors,” PBA chair Ricky Vargas said in a virtual presser on Thursday, a day after the league finalized its inclusion in the EASL. “And the other thing I’m very proud of [is that] we have the coaching know-how to be competitive.”

The tournament, which is slated to start in October next year, will offer a handsome $1 million (around P50 million) to the champion, but Vargas declares that this will not be the driving force behind every team that the PBA would send there.

“The prize money is good, but we are a very proud organization, and we’d like to be able to prove that we can compete with the best in…

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