By TITO S. TALAO
MILAN — What about a special PBA tribute for Kobe Bryant?
Nothing is cast in stone just yet but it could happen.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, when asked about the possibility of coming up with a highlight event for the NBA great who perished with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a horrific helicopter accident Monday, said he will raise the matter with the board of governors.
“Babanggitin ko sa kanila,” Marcial said.
Representatives of the 10 PBA teams are set to meet Thursday and Friday for their annual planning and program session, and paying honor to the late Los Angeles Lakers superstar, who Marcial called a “dear friend of the PBA” in a released statement, could be something worth looking into.
In the statement, the PBA said:
“Kobe Bryant who leaves behind fond memories of seven unforgettable visits to our country. Kobe was an exceptional basketball player but beyond his athletic skills, he was known for his caring heart and love of family.
“His life was an inspiration and a lesson to everyone that with hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice, nothing is impossible. At 41, Kobe is gone too soon but his legacy will last forever. The PBA mourns the passage of a man who has touched the lives of millions.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family along with the families of those whose lives were lost in that fatal helicopter crash.
“Rest in peace, Kobe.”
The PBA kicks off its 45th season on March 1 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the start of the Philippine Cup and the unveiling of the Leo Awards winners before the inaugural game.