It's the human and fun side of our sports heroes

PBA stars divided in crowd-less games

1,047

Some PBA stars are already itching to play basketball even without fans, but others are having second thoughts due to the coromavirus scare

In Philippine Star’s Funfare column with Ricky Lo, some of the PBA stars where asked if they are willing to play with little to none audience due to preventive measures of COVID-19

Yes, as long as everything, the government-set protocols are followed,” according to NLEX star Kiefer Ravena.

“Payag ako because it’s my job and I also miss playing. We play not only for our fans but also for our families. Dapat mag-ingat dahil sa virus. Nakaka-sad lang dahil walang ‘live’ audience dahil fans ang nagbibigay buhay sa liga,” Magnolia veteran Marc Pingris explained.

“Yes, but with the current situation, people’s safety should be the No. 1 priority. At least by playing behind closed doors with no spectators, we still give joy and entertainment to our fans (who can watch on TV),” Alaska Aces rising star Jeron Teng stated.

However, some cagers still think that fans are vital in every games that they play in.

“50/50. Awkward pag walang manonood kasi fans ang nag-bo-boost ng iyong performance. Basta huwag lang malagay sa peligro ang health ng players,” said Aldrech Ramos of Columbian Dyip.

The safety of everyone should be the first priority. Staging a live game requires preparations for both the teams and the league since exposure to a number of people in an open area raises our chance to get infected. It’s something not worth risking,” Rain or Shine upcoming rookie Prince Rivero shared.

Even Prince’s younger brother, Ricci Rivero, shared the same sentiments about the fans filling up the arena.

“UAAP is not just a game, it’s even beyond a championship trophy or a grand stage to show your skills, nor a revenge against a rival school; we don’t play for ourselves and our own pride alone. School spirit is what defines UAAP, the unity in sports that binds players, alumni, administrators, media, sponsors and audiences playing and cheering as one,” the UP Fighting Maroons athletic swingman said.

Do you think the PBA should resume the game even without any live audiences soon?