Friday, February 27, 2015
Why PBA Teams Draft Non-Basketball Celebrities
First, Manny Pacquiao. Now, Xian Lim. These two non-basketball celebrities have been included in the basketball arena lately. For Pacquiao, he's now playing for one of the PBA teams. For Lim, the deal was supposedly pushing through.
What happened to Xian Lim though is a different case at some point. Since he was not able to catch the proper timeline to be part of the draft, he was denied.
“With regard to your [Cloudfone] request to allow your product endorser, Mr. Xian Lim, to play for your team without going through the Rookie Draft, we have a rule that all new players should go through the draft, with the exception of players of school-based teams. Hence, we cannot grant your request,” Commissioner Chito Salud said.
But why are PBA Teams after these celebrities to play with them?
We won't answer that question. But we have two undeniable facts we can realize if we look at the cases of Pacquiao and Lim.
1. The teams drafting them are not yet established.
They need all the branding. They need people talking abou them. They need attention.
2. Both Manny Pacquiao and Xian Lim are not hotshot basketball players.
They like playing basketball like most Filipino men. But they're not the type who would create a huge mark in the league.
Undeniably though, they both are really popular.
There you have it. Make your own conclusion.