NBA Speaks Up on Last Home Stand fiasco

Someone didn’t follow procedure.

GMA Network reported on July 23 (Wednesday) that the representatives from the NBA  addressed why the "Last Home Stand" event featuring some of the league’s stars with the Gilas Pilipinas national team fell through.


In a statement, the league said, "Under the terms of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, players are allowed to participate in offseason basketball games or exhibitions when requirements for those events are met, including ensuring that appropriate safeguards be in place, and the promoter seeks the proper exemptions from the NBA and the player's team."


"The promoter of this proposed event, East-West Private LLC, was informed of this process several months ago but did not take the required steps," they continued.


The two-day event was advertised as a charity event sponsored by PLDT, with proceeds going to rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.


A group of NBA players were supposed to take the court against Gilas for the series on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 22 and July 23) but organizers announced on Tuesday night that no game would happen. The players apparently got calls from the NBA saying they would face sanctions if they saw action in the event.


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