As players eye stints abroad, PBA chairman insists league offers more security

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is not threatened by the possibility of potential draftees heading to foreign leagues, after Thirdy Ravena's decision to play profess

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is not threatened by the possibility of potential draftees heading to foreign leagues, after Thirdy Ravena's decision to play professional basketball in Japan.

"Hindi naman," Vargas said last Tuesday, during the PSA Forum, when asked if foreign leagues such as the B.League or New Zealand's National Basketball League are a threat to the PBA. Kenneth Tuffin, the captain of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, is currently playing in the NBL as an amateur in order to keep his UAAP eligibility. "This joining of other leagues, it's not 10 months of playing eh. It's just a conference," he added. "So they will have to rethink that, whether they'd like to join that conference or to join the PBA, which is more secure in terms of what they're doing, and closer to home.

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