2002 PBA season

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2002 PBA season
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
2003  >

The 2002 PBA season was the 28th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Board of governors[edit]

Executive committee[edit]

  • Emilio Bernardino, Jr. (Commissioner)
  • Francisco Alejo III (Chairman, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs)
  • Casiano Cabalan Jr. (Vice-Chairman, Barangay Ginebra Kings)
  • Angelito Alvarez (Treasurer, FedEx Express)


Team Company Governor Alternate Governor
Alaska Aces Alaska Milk Corporation Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Joaquin Trillo
Barangay Ginebra Kings La Tondeña Distillers, Inc. Casiano Cabalan Jr. Ira Daniel Maniquis
Coca Cola Tigers Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. Jose Bayani Baylon Emmanuel Puno
FedEx Express Airfrieght 2100, Inc. Angelito Alvarez
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Purefoods Corporation Francisco Alejo III Elizier Capacio
Red Bull Thunder Photokina Marketing Corporation George Chua Manuel Mendoza
Sta. Lucia Realtors Sta. Lucia Realty and Development Corporation Manuel Encarnado Ariel Magno
San Miguel Beermen San Miguel Brewery, Inc. Alberto Malapit
Shell Turbo Chargers Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation Roberto Kanapi
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company Victorino Vargas Al Panlilio

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • 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.
  • The league revised its season calendar to accommodate the participation of its players for the upcoming 2002 Asian Games. The Governors' Cup became the first conference of the season while the All-Filipino became the third and final conference.
  • The pool for the national team were divided into two teams: Selecta-RP and Happee-RP. Both teams participated for the Governors' Cup.
  • Talk 'N Text coach Bill Bayno was fined PHP200,000 after publicly criticizing the league and its official.[1] 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).[2]
  • 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. Both conferences has teturnrd since 2010 after the league re-adopted the three conference season format.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Aces Pia Guanio
Batang Red Bull Thunder Assunta de Rossi and Alessandra de Rossi
Barangay Ginebra Kings Rica Peralejo
Coca-Cola Tigers Thalia Parks and Yeng Serrano
FedEx Express Patricia Coronado
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Zora Andam
San Miguel Beermen Anna Shire
Shell Turbo Chargers LJ Moreno
Sta. Lucia Realtors Juliet Duncan
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Cheska Garcia


Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

  • 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