2002 PBA season
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|2002 PBA season|
|Duration||February 10, 2002 – December 25, 2002|
|Number of teams||10|
|TV partner(s)||Viva TV (IBC)|
|Top draft pick||Yancy de Ocampo|
|Picked by||FedEx Express|
|Governors Cup champions||Purefoods TJ Hotdogs|
|Commissioner's Cup champions||Batang Red Bull Thunder|
|All-Filipino Cup champions||Coca-Cola Tigers|
|Season MVP||Willie Miller|
The 2002 PBA season was the 28th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
- The Tanduay Rhum Masters left the league after three seasons. Their franchise was taken over by the FedEx Express.
- Republic Flour Mills (RFM) sold its subsidiary COSMOS Bottlers Corporation to food company giant San Miguel Corporation. The move also absorbed the Pop Cola Panthers, which gave SMC four PBA ballclubs. After the PBA board gave the go-signal to allow the team to remain in the league, it was renamed as the Coca-Cola Tigers before the start of the 2002 season.
- Talk 'N Text coach Bill Bayno was fined PHP200,000 after publicly criticizing the league and its official. This came after Bayno branded the league as "San Miguel Basketball Association" and charged the league officials are favoring the four SMC-owned teams (San Miguel Beermen, Barangay Ginebra Kings, Coca Cola Tigers and Purefoods TJ Hotdogs).
- This was the last season in which the Commissioner's and Governors Cup were disputed. They were replaced in 2003 by the Invitational and Reinforced Conferences, and eventually the Fiesta Conference.
The muses for the participating teams are as follows:
- Governors Cup: Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
- Commissioner's Cup: Batang Red Bull Thunder
- All-Filipino Cup: Coca-Cola Tigers
- Team with best win-loss percentage: Coca-Cola (31–16, .660)
- Most Valuable Player: Willie Miller (Red Bull)
- Rookie of the Year: Ren-Ren Ritualo (FedEx)
- Sportsmanship Award: Paolo Mendoza (Sta. Lucia)
- Most Improved Player: Rob Duat (Alaska)
- Defensive Player of the Year: Davonn Harp (Red Bull)
- Mythical Five
- Mythical Second Team
- All Defensive Team
Awards given by the PBA Press Corps
- Coach of the Year: Ryan Gregorio (Purefoods)
- Mr. Quality Minutes: Ato Morano (Coca-Cola)
- Executive of the Year: George C. Chua (Red Bull)
- Comeback Player of the Year: Ronnie Magsanoc (Purefoods)
- Referee of the Year: Mario Montiel
- Bayno fined a record P.2 for hitting PBA officiating by June Navarro, Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 14, 2002
- Bernardino summons Bayno, by June Navarro, Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 13, 2002.