ABL: "Balkmania" coming to a basketball court near you

ABL:
Playing for San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, the formerly-controversial Balkman has reinvented himself in more ways than one.

Renaldo Balkman's redemption is more or less complete.

Playing for San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, the formerly-controversial Balkman has reinvented himself in more ways than one.

In his rather colorful stint for Alab --- which includes game-winners, in-game shimmies, and record-setting scoring performances --- Balkman has re-introduced himself to Filipino fans and Pinoy hoop junkies were reminded why they loved Renaldo in the first place.

As the cherry on top, Balkman  has been forgiven by the PBA for his previous controversies. Looking for the cherry on top of the cherry, Renaldo now wants a title for Alab.

"I know how good we prepared for these games and in the semifinals, I think we had an edge on them," Balkman said, talking about Hong Kong Eastern, the defending ABL champions Alab just swept in the semifinals.

In taking down Hong Kong, Balkman feels like Alab is in the best position to win the title. After all, they just beat the supposedly best team in the ABL. That makes them the best now, right?

"I told coach Jim [Alapag] and the guys tonight, I said they [Hong Kong] was the best last year. You know, that's the whole thing about it, they got the championship last year but we got to [beat the best] to be the best, right?" Renaldo said.

In making the Finals, Balkman was just really hyped about the whole thing. His whole post-game talk, which was amazingly anmated, was just pure happiness.

"Balkmania" has taken over once again.

And Renaldo has the shirt to match... soon to be on sale according to Renaldo himself.

"This shirt right here? For the Finals, it will be on sale. I'll let you all know when, where, where to get it from. This shirt will be on sale," Balkman said.

 


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