A Wheeler’s Opinion: The Narvasa Removal: Will it Happen?

Here’s why it can happen and why it will not happen

Due to his approval of the Kia-SMB trade, Chito Narvasa’s days in office are numbered? (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
The weather here in Quezon City is gloomy and so is the future of Chito Narvasa as PBA Commissioner. Why?

Here’s why:

Rumor has it that the majority bloc in the PBA Board, led by the teams under the MVP Group, is currently on the move to out the good PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. 
Let’s face it, folks, when Mr. Narasvasa approved arguably one of the most questionable and equally one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the PBA, the one involving the Kia Picanto sending the rights to pick Christian Standhardinger on draft night to the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for bench players, future picks and cash. 
Question: Was it lopsided? Definitely. Questionable? Indeed. 
So why did Mr. Narvasa approve deal despite concerns from the PBA teams? Simple: there was nothing wrong with the trade if you were San Miguel. There was nothing really wrong especially after both teams submitted a 3rd revised version of the deal which sealed Narvasa’s approval.
Now, that decision by Mr. Narvasa not only changed the balance in the league as San Miguel gets to have Standhardinger team-up with 4-time MVP June Mar Fajardo but also angered the majority of the team owners who now, want him out of office.  
And if you remember just a few days ago, Talk N Text blasted Narvasa for divulging the information to the media, stating that it was actually Magnum Membrere, a team official of TNT, who filed Standhardinger’s draft application on the latter’s behalf. TNT, in a statement, called the move made by the good commissioner, biased. Given that TNT is under the MVP Group, it came as no surprise that it’s now leading the move to remove Narvasa.

Question: Will it Happen?

Yes. Provided…

Here’s the catch, folks. Removing Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner can be done as long as you have the support of the majority of the team owners. Now, there are 12 teams in the league. Get 7 from those teams and Chito Narvasa’s stint will be done in no time.
Now, according to league insiders, the MVP Group has already found supporters in Alaska’s Wilfred Uytengsu and Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy. 
Additionally, sources are now saying that both Rain or Shine and Phoenix are backing the move so that’s 7 against 5. They are said to agree to call a board meeting tomorrow to finally decide whether or not Chito  Narvasa will go on as commissioner. 


Why? Simple. According to league insiders, Chito Narvasa still has the support of the three teams playing under the San Miguel Corp block as well as SMC ally, GlobalPort, and Kia, of course. These teams firmly believe that 5 votes are enough to keep Narvasa in office thanks to the gray area in the league’s by-laws.


Even though the move to oust PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa falters should it happen tomorrow, this pundit on wheels firmly believes that Mr. Narvasa won’t last long in office because he has lost the trust and confidence of the majority of the team owners. Now, it all depends on the outcome of tomorrow’s board meeting but one thing is certain if we are to believe a league insider: Chito Narvasa won’t have a full 1-year extension.

Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks Visit The Purple and Gold Today

Today the Lakers look to extend their win streak to four as they play against the Dallas Mavericks at home.

The Mavericks set a franchise record last Sunday of the fewest points that the team allowed in an overtime. The Bucks scored only one point in twelve minutes. Mavs won 86-75.

Could Mavs great defense be a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers?

The purple and gold boys won over the Phoenix Suns, 119-108, at Staples Center on Sunday November 7. Win loss record improved to 4-3.

Nick Young led the way with 22 points while Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson contributed 18 points each. Los Angeles was also able to withstand Devin Booker’s career-high 39 points as they moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

TNT makes it 6 in a row

Talk n text’s imports, Madanly and Ammons combined for 52 points to help their team to beat Phoenix.

Even with the 49 point explosion of Phelps (Phoenix Import), they have not enough support to outgun TNT.

TNT now have a 6-0 record while Phoenix drops to 2-4.

Score board:

TNT: 124 – Madanly 30, Ammons 22, De Ocampo 17, Rosales 13, Castro 11, Reyes 7, Fonacier 6, Rosario 5, Tautuaa 5, Carey 3, Williams 3, Nuyles 2, Ababou 0, Rosser 0.

PHOENIX: 117 – Phelps 49, Enciso 17, Lee 15, Buenafe 8, Wilson J. 6, Baguio 5, Wilson W. 5, Lanete 4, Caperal 3, Cruz 3, Miranda 2, Pennisi 0, Urbiztondo 0, Torres 0, Borboran 0.

Quarters: 29-24, 52-52, 88-68, 124-117

2016 Your Ain’t Good Awards! – Post Comm. Cup

2016 Your Ain't Good Awards! - Post Comm. Cup

For every Yin, there is a Yang, for every White American, there is a Black American, for every Mythical Teams, there are five players who played really bad. This is life, for every good thing, there is a bad thing.

Just like in a basketball league, like the PBA, there are players who need to be recognize because of their bad performances, not to shame them but to challenge them to take their name out of the award in the next conference.

Basically, the award’s name should be enough to explain each award. 

You Ain’t Kobe – JC Intal

A small improvement from Reil Cervantes has pushed him out of the award and handed it to JC Intal. The Rocket shot 37.4% in the field and 27.1% from beyond the arc. Intal was never an efficient scorer but this kind of numbers are always unacceptable for a so-called scorer. 

You Ain’t Worth it – Joe Devance

There are other solid candidates for this plum like Mac Baracael but Joe Devance continue to be the one that make me wonder if Ginebra is already regretting trading for him. One of the guy that they gave for him, Dorian Pena, is badly needed now with the injury of Greg Slaughter. 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 38.4% FG, 27.1% 3FG will not cut it.

The Bust – Moala Tautuaa

The sooner you are called in the draft, the higher will be the expectations about you. And last year, Moala Tautuaa brought the most hype and expectation to the league. So, don’t you dare ask me if his 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists is enough for him to warrant his top selection. 

Aren’t You Tall? – Japeth Aguilar

Without Greg Slaughter, Ginebra should really worry about the rebounding department because Japeth’s number is ludicrous! At 6’9 and with an out-of-this-world athleticism, Japeth only posted 7.2 rebounds per game in the first two conferences and only 8.42 if you convert it to 36 minutes of play. 

Why are you playing that much? – Mark Caguioa

A fellow Ginebra player will unseat Ellis from this award. Mark Caguioa was  the consistent starting shooting guard of Ginebra, unfortunately his numbers was also consistently bad. He averaged 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 12.5% 3FG. His Offensive Rating is only 81.4 and his Player Efficiency Rating is 8.4 below from the average.

Ginebra Displays NSD Attitude in a Win Over Phoenix

Panabo City – Barangay Ginebra displays their never say die attitude in a win over Phoenix Fuel Masters, 102-101. L.A. Tenorio knocked down a hesitation jumper with 1.2 seconds left as Ginebra grabs the win over Phoenix.

Down by 5 with under a minute left in the game, Joe Devance knocked down a three to trim the deficit within 2, 99-101. The Fuel Masters failed to capitalize on the other end. Othyus Jeffers drive hard and was fouled for two freethrows. He made the first free throw but the second one goes out but Ginebra regained the possession with an offensive rebound of Joe Devance. Devance then passed it to Tenorio who then find a way to drill the shot with 1.2 seconds left.

Tenorio led the Kings with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 dimes and was named best player of the game. Greg Slaughter had a double double with 28 points and 13 rebounds while Othyus Jeffers added 24 points and 14 rebounds. Ginebra is now on solo third with 5-3 W-L record.

RR Garcia led the Fuel Masters with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in a losing effort while import Kevin Pinkney had a double double with 24 points and 14 rebounds. The Fuel Masters dropped to 2-5 this conference.

The scores:

Ginebra 102 – Slaughter 28, Jeffers 24, Tenorio 17, Devance 9, Aguilar 6, Mercado 6, Thompson 6, Caguioa 4, Cruz 2, Ellis 0, Helterbrand 0, Marcelo 0, Salva 0.

Phoenix 101 – Pinkney 24, Garcia 23, Monfort 10, Urbiztondo 10, Lanete 9, Intal 8, Baracael 7, Wilson 6, Brondial 2, Pennisi 2.

Quarters: 17-31, 39-56, 75-80, 102-101