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Manny Pacquiao is number 1 reason behind MPBL’s success, says Norman Black

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, June 21, 2019 10:57pm

Philippine basketball legend Norman Black thinks that league founder Senator Manny Pacquiao’s efforts and support for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is the number 1 reason behind the success that the league is enjoying in just its third year.

In an interview with Courtside Philippines, Black said that he is looking to keep a closer eye on the league, especially because his son Aaron is now playing for the Quezon City Capitals.

Asked how he thinks the league has grown from 10 teams in the first season to 31 squads this tournament, Black replied: “I think Manny Pacquiao, number 1, as a major backer of the league has a lot to do with its success.”

Black also pointed to the support of the fans and the mix of players playing in the league as some of the reasons behind the success.

“I think because it’s a neighborhood-based league, or a city-based league, it’s supported by the fans from those particular cities,” he said.

“And, of course, it’s not just former UAAP, NCAA, or college players or former pro players playing in the league. There are also players from those particular cities who haven’t really had a chance to play professional basketball. So it’s been giving an opportunity to a lot of players who probably would not be given an opportunity,” Black continued.

Black, who played in the CBA, the NBA, and the PBA in his time, also said that he enjoys the MPBL brand of basketball, saying that it’s “physical. Quite physical."

"I think it’s good basketball and I enjoy watching it,” he said.

The grand slam coach also said that he supports what the MPBL has been doing for the Pinoy ballers.

“I’m happy for the league, mainly because it’s given so many players an opportunity to be employed and to play basketball, do what they love for a living... I’m for anything that will give players a chance to play.”

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