Okay, it looks like our crystal balls are busted.
In a previous article, we listed our five best bets to be the next PBA commissioner. We did our research, which we combined with our b-ball gut feel to give out what we thought were the five top candidates for the job. We expected that one am0ng Robert Jaworski Sr., Buddy Encarnado, JB Baylon, Chito Loyzaga, and Joe Lipa will get the nod.
We were confident. We were also wrong.
Last week, the PBA officially announced who will replace current commissioner Chito Salud, and he's no other than his katukayo, Chito Narvasa. "Chito who?" It's understandable that many of you, especially the youngins, don't know much about him especially since he isn't as popular as luminaries like Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, and Alvin Patrimonio.
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That doesn't diminish the fact though that the job he's about to take on (he will officially assume the position on August 1) is B-I-G. He'll be tasked to govern important (and controversial) things like tournament formats, team trades, and penalties for a league that's in its 40th year of representing one of the nation's greatest passions.
So, you know, he's a very important man—one who any self-respecting Philippine hoops fan should know about (other than his name of course).
If you already know who he is then, good for you! For the clueless though, we'd like you to be more familiar with the incoming PBA comissioner. Read on to know more about Chito Narvasa!
Those who know the history of the local judiciary system will be familiar with his dad, the late Andres Narvasa, who served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1991 to 1998. So it's not surprising that Chito Narvasa is also a practicing lawyer. Meanwhile, his brother, Ogie Narvasa, is also a former commissioner for the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) and the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).
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As expected, the PBA went with someone who's tried and tested, someone who already has vast amounts of experience doing commissioner-related stuff. Chito Narvasa is one such person. He has served as both the NCAA (2007) and the UAAP's (2008) commissioner. What better way to "train" than to become commish of the country's two biggest collegiate leagues, yes?
NOT NEW TO THE GAME
What makes our man here suited for the job is the fact that he has basketball experience both on the sidelines (as commissioner) and on the court. Chito Narvasa was a member of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the '70s and, although he didn't make it to the PBA as a player, he was still able to take his talents to the pro league, serving as the head coach for Purefoods and, later on, Shell from 1995 to 1998.
IN THE CORPORATE WORLD
Chito Narvasa is currently the CEO of Citystate Bank which means he's also familiar with the business side of things. However, once his stint as PBA commissioner starts, he will relinquish his role as top dog at the said bank.
DEALING WITH COACHES
Part of the job description of being league commissioner is dealing with coaches, from their requests to their never-ending complaints. The good news is, Chito Narvasa knows how to deal with them as he's also currently the president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP). It'll be interesting how he'll work with the temperamental Yeng Guiao.
NINTH TO THE THRONE
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Chito Narvasa will be the ninth commissioner of the PBA and he'll start his stint at the beginning of the next season. In the meantime, he's serving as an "OJT trainee" under outgoing commissioner Chito Salud for the remainder of the Governor's Cup. Can he handle it? We don't know. But, if the PBA Board of Governors' unanimous vote of 12-0 is any indication, then he might just be the right, nay, perfect man for the job.