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Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy thinks Erram is in same league as Fajardo, Aguilar, Slaughter, Standhardinger

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Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy is by any measure a very successful businessman who turned Ever Bilena nail polish into a multi-billion peso cosmetic empire.

But his recent statement makes us wonder whether he has the same nose for business as to assessing basketball talent and potential.

In an interview with Spin.PH, Sy placed Blackwater’s starting center JP Erram as one of the PBA elites to be slotted on what he proposed as a “protected list” of players – whose talents are so awesome you can build a franchise on – who should not play together to ensure parity in the league.

“I hope to bring back the old PBA ruling of the protect list … so it would be nice to see like (Poy) Erram playing against (Ginebra’s) Japeth (Aguilar), Japeth playing against (Ginebra’s Greg) Slaughter, si (San Miguel’s Jun Mar) Fajardo playing against (team mate) Christian Standhardinger, ‘di ba?” Sy said.

“It will be fair for everybody and it will be good and fantastic for our PBA fans to see all the big men playing against one another,” Sy said.

Sy’s proposal to revive the old PBA protected list which prevented elite centers such as Mon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben, Manny Victorino, and Yoyoy Villamin from playing together in the mid-1980s when there were only six PBA teams is worth mulling over by the league.

But what spoiled his proposal was to include the injury-prone Erram who has a career average of 7.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

The 6-8 former Blue Eagle is tall and has shone in some games but a franchise player he is not. We wouldn’t trade Erram for any of the elite players mentioned by Sy even if you throw in the entire Blackwater starting five in the deal.

Sy is among 7 PBA team owners who want PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa fired for upholding a 2017 draft trade between Kia and San Miguel which allowed Standhardinger to team up with Fajardo at San Miguel.

Should PBA restore Fernandez-Guidaben-Victorino-Villamin rule to preserve parity?