FOLLOWING several games held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates the past several seasons, the Philippine Basketball Association is now looking at another possible destination for out of country games.
The PBA is thoroughly studying the possibility of holding games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the near future.
Reports indicate that Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy, who is also an adviser for the Malaysian Men’s National Basketball Team, is in discussions with Malaysian basketball executives for the possible holding of PBA games in the country.
Should this materialize, the league is looking at either the season-ending Governors’ Cup in the middle of the year or the next Philippine Cup late this year for possible games there.
Basketball has grown drastically in the country as the Malaysians are aiming to elevate their passion for the sport even higher.
The popularity of basketball in Malaysia continues to rise even as the Westports Malaysia Dragons are continuing to make their presence felt in the Asean Basketball League.
It was actually Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia who led the Dragons to their first PBA title last year and that eventually paved the way for his opportunity to transfer to the PBA and handle the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
The league held its last out-of-country games in 2015 in Dubai.
Meanwhile, continuing its build-up, NLEX tapped the services of point guard Juami Tiongson to shore up its roster two days prior to the opening of the Commissioner’s Cup.
The Road Warriors, who will be backstopped by Wayne Chism, took Tiongson, who stabilized AMA in the D-League.