DETERMINED to launch a stand-alone 3x3 tourney notwithstanding the pandemic, the Philippine Basketball Association has formed a body tasked specifically to oversee this project envisioned to help the country crack the 3x3 event in the Olympics.
The PBA board of governors, in a meeting Friday, named Alaska Milk's Dickie Bachmann as chairman of the committee also made up of NorthPort's Erick Arejola, Phoenix's Atty. Raymond Zorrilla, PBA technical official Joey Guanio and PBA great Ronnie Magsanoc, representing the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
"They will form the system, policy, guidelines, format and everything about the tourney. Actually, may nailatag na; they will make the finer details and complete the action plan," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
Bachmann convenes the group in a meeting this week.
"Paguusapan nila ang plano paano tatakbo ang liga. Depende sa mga bagay bagay, pero tingin ko next year na masisimulan ito," said Marcial.
The PBA 3x3 idea came up in the last PBA annual planning session as recommended by PBA vice chair Bobby Rosales.
It failed to take off as planned this year, stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the PBA isn't giving up on it, remaining committed to help the national cage federation boost this hoop discipline which is to make its debut in the Tokyo Olympics as a regular sports event.