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Feb 18, 2015
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Pinoy hoops fans, ICYMI: PBA Commissioner Chito Salud has already announced that he will step down from his post at the end of the season. Yes, seriously.

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Shocked? You're not alone. After all, the PBA's having a banner season so far highlighted by the addition of two new ballclubs and the biggest crowd in league history. Then there's Manny Pacquiao's turnovers official status as the oldest PBA rookie ever.

Of course, his stint is not all fun and games. In 2013, he fined and issued a lifetime ban on former NBA player and Petron import Renaldo Balkman in the event we’ll forever remember as “The Choke.” In 2014, he slapped Coach Yeng Guiao with a whopping P2 million fine for Rain or Shine's partial walkout in Game Six of last season's Philippine Cup Finals following the team’s disappointment over the officiating.

Despite the controversies though, we can all agree that Mr. Salud pumped new life into the league's veins, making it better than ever. "This is the right time to pass the baton to a fresh leadership, a fresh face, to a fresh voice with fresh ideas that will take this league to greater heights," he said in a press conference. We salute you sir for a job well done!

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Now, the million-peso question: Who will be the next PBA commissioner? It's a position that holds a gargantuan set of responsibilities and is not for the weak-willed, so not just anyone will do. If you ask us though, there's a fair chance the successor will be one of the men in our list of possible candidates below. And despite what some of you might think (or even want, who are we to judge?), Manny's not on it.


JOE LIPA

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Why he sounds familiar: He's a former national team coach (1986 Asian Games) and former head coach in the PBA and the UAAP (UP Fighting Maroons, Ateneo Blue Eagles, Air 21 Express).

Could be legit because: He has experience as a commissioner, acting as UAAP Basketball’s chief decision-maker in the 2005 season. Last year, he was also setting up a new regional league that aims to develop players throughout the country. Last but not the least: He's endorsed by no less than Ramon Fernandez.

FHM's "Are-You-The-Next-PBA-Commissioner" checklist:

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ROBERT "SONNY" JAWORSKI SR.

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Why he sounds familiar: Because he’s the “Living Legend” and you’re not a PBA fan if you don’t know him.

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Could be legit because: The basketball legend-turned politician was one of the people considered to replace Noli Eala when the latter stepped down from his post as PBA commissioner in 2007. Also, it's the Big J we're talking about here; even non-Ginebra fans appreciate what he did for the league.

FHM's "Are-You-The-Next-PBA-Commissioner" checklist:

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BUDDY ENCARNADO

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Why he sounds familiar: He's the former PBA team governor for the defunct Sta. Lucia Realtors.

Could be legit because: He was known for his passion for developing homegrown talents. Even as the Sta. Lucia franchise folded in the PBA, Encarnado is still trying to continue his mission, showing support in Joe Lipa’s planned regional league. Moreso, he was  involved in the formation of the PBA D-League. As a proponent of the “Filipino Only” policy of Sta. Lucia then and as a firm believer in developing young talents, we might see welcome changes to the PBA draft if Encarnado gets the nod.

FHM's "Are-You-The-Next-PBA-Commissioner" checklist:

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JB BAYLON

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Why he sounds familiar: He's the former PBA team governor for the Powerade Tigers (now GlobalPort Batang Pier).

Could be legit because: Known PBA personalities are all praises for him, and are even vouching for him to become the next commissioner. With that kind of support, Baylon could be a surprise dark horse in the search for the next commissioner.

FHM's "Are-You-The-Next-PBA-Commissioner" checklist:

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CHITO LOYZAGA

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Why he sounds familiar: He's a former PBA player for Ginebra and a member of th 1990 Philippine National Basketball Team.

Could be legit because: He is probably one of the most qualified applicants if past experience is used as basis. He already served as commissioner for the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) and as executive director for the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). That's one stuffed resume right there.

FHM's "Are-You-The-Next-PBA-Commissioner" checklist:

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