Expect a Physically-Charged 33rd PBA Season

On: 02 October 2007

The PBA Board of Governors has just approved a new set of rules that they expect to make the game more physical, fast-paced and full of excitement.

According to Officer In-Charge Sonny Barrios, “Gusto kasi natin na may konting physical `yung game, for it to become more fast-paced and exciting.”

One of the new rules adopted is the controlled handcheck, which is intended not to impede the offense of the game. This rule is expected to initiate a physical brand of play that has been the norm in international competitions.

The league OIC however, refused to mention the rule in the same breath as the no-harm, no-foul play implemented by former commissioner Mariano Yenko and deputy commissioner Tommy Manotoc in 1985.

“Through this new rule, we’ll be able to see `yung ganda ng laro and `yung skills ng mga players. It’s a way of letting the players play and decide the game by its own merit,” he added.

Also approved by the Board is the new three-point arc, which is now nearer the basket at 20 feet and 6 inches from its original distance of 22 feet. The league will now be reverting back to the trapezoid shaded lane like that being used in FIBA competitions.

The new rules were in effect in the recently-concluded Pre-Season Tournament which received favorable responses from the Board.

“From a fans’ point of view, mas magiging exciting ang games this season,” said league chairman Tony Chua.

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