Yeng Guiao stresses parity needed for PBA to keep up with other Asian leagues

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) — Yeng Guiao is never shy about voicing his opinions about the pro league.

The outspoken Rain or Shine Elasto Painters mentor said the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been dominated by only two groups over the years and this has become a problem in terms of competitiveness.

"I read somewhere, the past how many conferences, the San Miguel group has 15 championships, MVP group has two championships, outside of that Rain or Shine has one championshhip. So other teams outside the MVP and San Miguel groups has yet to taste a championship," Guiao told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Monday.

For Guiao, one way for the PBA to solve the problem is by letting the independent squads develop the players they pick through the Rookie Draft and not allow the big teams to poach these cagers.

"We really have a parity problem and we have to face it and accept it. What's the solution? The solution are drafts where there is a good talent level," he said.

Guiao also said the imbalance among the teams has been killing the PBA not just locally but also internationally.

Top local collegiate players are also opting to pursue overseas careers like in the Japan B.League and Korean Basketball League where the competition is getting tougher and opportunity to earn more is better.

"The problem is, when a player gets better and gains experience then he goes to the strong teams. I think that is something we have to call out. If you don't call it out you are complicit," he said.

"Let us respect the fans, they already know what's really going on. We have to make the league better because other Asian leagues are getting better."