PBA Returns: What you need to know

PBA Returns What you need to know

As the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) starts for a new conference, there are several major changes that may surprise you. From the changes in the format, to the line-up, to the imports chosen, we will give you all the things you need to know. PBA’s Commissioner Cup halted because of the pandemic. For others, in the Commissioner’s Cup, teams parade taller imports. Last season, although there are imports, it is the Governor’s cup where imports are a little smaller than in the Commissioner’s Cup. In this article, we will also give you a glimpse of what may happen in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Here are the things you need to know

A minor change in the format with the arrival of Bay Area Dragons

Bay Area Dragons
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Yes, you read it right. PBA welcomes their guest team, Bay Area Dragons as they will also try to win the title, just like other teams. They will be coached by Australia’s national coach, Brian Goorjian, and will parade players from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. However, the most obvious blow for all PBA players is their 7-foot-5 center, Liu Chaunxing, the highest this conference. Now, because of their arrival, there will now be 13 teams this conference which will make a little changes in the league format. Just like the usual, there will be a round-robin among the 13 teams. The difference is that, from four teams, the five teams at the bottom after eliminations will be eliminated. Top two teams will have the twice-to-beat advantage for the quarterfinals. The semis is a best-of-five match, while the finals will be best-of-seven.

New and returning imports this conference

PBA: Justin Brownlee
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Imports are probably the most-awaited here in the Commissioner’s Cup. After all, these tall imports were gone for two years because of the pandemic. What is more exciting is that there will be imports who were NBA first-rounders. They have impressive resumes and has played for their NBA teams not just for months, but for years. As for the returning imports, the number one on the list is Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee who is already a resident import of the team. Lester Prosper and Prince Ibeh is also returning for the PBA.

Yeng Guiao to Rain or Shine, Aldin Ayo to Converge

PBA: Yeng Guiao
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After almost six years of coaching NLEX, Coach Yeng Guiao is finally back for his Rain or Shine (ROS) squad. His return to ROS actually came out as a surprise after his shocking exit to NLEX. He will be ROS’ head coach for three years, where the team won two titles under him. On the other hand, Aldin Ayo debuts for the PBA as the head coach for Converge. Coaching is no longer new to him as he already lead UST and De Lasalle in the UAAP. However, he was on stand by for 2 years, after his controversial departure to UST. Now that he is in the PBA, expect a more competitive young Converge squad. Winning is always the goal of Ayo, so expect a more powerful Converge team.

International campaigns

PBA: FIBA World Cup
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As PBA starts a new conference, there are international campaigns that needs appearance of several PBA stars. There is the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers in November, and the EASL for San Miguel, Talk and Text, and Bay Area Dragons. The EASL campaign of those three teams start on October 12. There are also games scheduled in November and December. For the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, TNT, San Miguel, and Ginebra will not play in the PBA in the early November. In other words, participants for the World Cup qualifiers in November are from those two teams.

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