MANILA, Philippines -- It's back to work for PBA teams, as ball clubs resumed their practices in separate venues all over the country.
The Meralco Bolts are in the midst of a 10-day camp in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, and are currently holding practices at the Centennial Arena.
Also in Laoag are the TNT Tropang GIGA, which held their first practice on Wednesday night under the watchful eye of comebacking coach Chot Reyes.
Several other teams are in different venues in Batangas, including Barangay Ginebra, NorthPort, TerraFirma, and Magnolia -- all of whom trained on Thursday.
Barangay Ginebra holds its first full practice and scrimmage session on Thursday at the Lyceum International Maritime Academy gym in Batangas. PBA Media Bureau
Magnolia and Pambansang Manok gets some instructions from coach Chito Victolero prior to the practice on Thursday at the Lyceum International Academy in Batangas. PBA Media Bureau
NorthPort conducts first full practice and scrimmage at the Batangas City Sports Center. PBA Media Bureau
Terra Firma begins preparation for the PBA 46th Season with its first practice at the Lyceum International Maritime Academy Gymnasium. PBA Media Bureau
The Meralco Bolts warms up before their team practice on Thursday at the Centennial Arena in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. PBA Media Bureau
According to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, they are still working to gain clearance from the government so that teams can hold practices in Metro Manila.
The commissioner paid a courtesy call to MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos earlier this week to discuss the league's options.
"Sabi naman niya, sige, lahat ng maitutulong ko," Marcial said of Abalos' response to their request. "Mahilig din siya sa basketball… Gusto niya makaatulong sa sports."
"'Yun ang sabi niya -- tingnan natin kung ano ang magagawa niyang tulong," he added.
Teams were already practicing in January in anticipation of the league's 46th season, but had to stop in March when NCR Plus was placed under enhanced community quarantine due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country.
The government has already informed the PBA that the opening of the season will depend on the COVID-19 situation.