TNT tests Inspire facility

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    IN CASE the PBA goes on a bubble and plays at the Inspire Sports Academy complex in Laguna, a member team could offer its own evaluation.

    TNT is set to do its own individualized training at the facility starting today and PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said the KaTropa would return after 20 days with their assessment of the site in Calamba.

    “We think it’s safer to go on bubble,” was the explanation given by Vargas, representing TNT, on why the team opted for the National U-owned complex and not follow the other teams which opted to practice within Metro Manila.

    “Mga players magkasama sa iisang lugar. Also, we think staying together has many benefits, safer from the health standpoint. It would create better camaraderie, we’ll be able to practice on a controlled basis.”

    Things, particularly food, coming from outside the complex would also be closely monitored to ensure the safety of the team.

    “Walang buffet. All food would be served in bento boxes,” said Vargas. “Of course, proper hygiene and nutrition will be in place.”

    The Laguna venue is not the only PBA option.

    Commissioner Willie Marcial said he has already started looking at other sites and is set to submit his recommendation during a Board meeting this Thursday.

    Marcial already has some initial assessment of each projected site.

    “Nagtanong na kami sa mga lugar, tulad ng Batangas, Subic, Laguna at Araneta,” related Marcial.

    “Kausap na namin ‘yung NU na hindi kakasya lahat. May katabi daw na Microtel so lalabas pa. Sa Batangas iisang hotel pero di sa coliseum nila. Ganu’n din sa Subic. May kausap na ko doong may-ari ng golf course, kausap ko din si Willie Miller. Ganu’n din sa Araneta, sa Novotel.

    “Titingnan naming lahat. Kung mapupunta sa sinasabi ni chairman na bubble, ipe-present ko sa kanila lahat, ilalatag ko, then titingnan namin ang pinakamagandang option.”