PBA: Arwind happy to help Balkman complete his redemption

Paul Lintag on Jul 24, 2018 04:56 PM
PBA: Arwind happy to help Balkman complete his redemption
As the San Miguel Beermen prepare to defend their Commissioner's Cup title against Brgy. Ginebra, Arwind says that a championship will be the best closure for his relationship with Balkman that started in 2013.

The first time Arwind Santos and Renaldo Balkman were teammates in the PBA, things did not end particularly well.

The choking incident between the two was five years ago though, and now, in their second stint as PBA teammates, there's nothing but love between the two.

As the San Miguel Beermen prepare to defend their Commissioner's Cup title against Brgy. Ginebra, Arwind says that a championship will be the best closure for his relationship with Balkman that started in 2013.

Both players have buried the hatchet and it's time for them to grow together. And by grow together, that means winning a ring.

"Muling ibalik di ba?" Santos said Tuesday during the official press conference for the upcoming best-of-7 series against the Gin Kings.

"At least nandito na siya ngayon, naging okay na kami. Sana lahat maging okay, sabi ko na dati sa mga interview, everyone deserves a second chance," Arwind added.

It's very evident that Balkman has been a changed man.

The repair of his image in the Philippines started a couple of months back when he partnered with current Ginebra import Justin Brownlee to win the ABL championship with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas.

Now, his redemption would be complete if he can win a title with the actual flagship San Miguel team.

Santos, and the rest of the Beermen, are more than happy to help.

"Siya rin naman nagsisi na siya, ang laki ng pinagkaiba niya. Dati bihira tumawa yan, ngayon tumatawa na, nakikipag-usap na," Santos said.

"Tingin ko dapat suportahan namin siya sa gusto niya. Kung tutuusin NBA caliber siya eh, pero ginusto niya bumalik sa Pilipinas para ayusin yun nagawang medyo gusot lang ng konti," Arwind added.

 


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