The Philippine Basketball Association is looking at a set of proposed rule changes to be implemented on a trial basis during the PBA on Tour that kicks off with the NLEX-Blackwater tiff on May 21 at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
“As much as the teams will have the opportunity to try new combinations and game schemes, the league will take the opportunity to experiment new rules and rule interpretations with the objective of improving the PBA game and make it even more exciting,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
Among the major proposed new rules or changes include the introduction of a “head coach challenge,” parameters on “transition take foul,” and on ejection from technical and flagrant fouls.
The proposals were drafted by the league commissioner with the help of the PBA technical team including deputy commissioner Eric Castro, technical consultant Joey Guanio, technical head Bong Pascual and operations senior officer Mauro Bengua, and were presented to coaches in a meeting Wednesday.
Present were Ginebra’s Richard del Rosario, Blackwater’s Junjie Ablan, Converge’s McJour Luib, Magnolia’s Tonyboy Espinosa, Rain or Shine’s Caloy Garcia, San Miguel’s Peter Martin, Terrafirma’s Monch Gavieres, TNT’s Bong Ravena, Meralco’s Luigi Trillo, NLEX’s Adonis Tierra, NorthPort’s Waiyip Chong and Phoenix’ Jon Jacinto.
After its implementation during the preseason games, the proposals will go final scrutiny in a gab among the PBA officials and the members of the “competition committee” composed of coaches.
And then it will be forwarded to the PBA Board of Governors for formal resolution and approval for implementation starting Season 48.