PBA: Reinforcements have arrived for the Commissioner’s Cup
Paul Lintag on May 19, 2019 06:56 AM
The mid-season joust allows for all 12 teams to parade an import with a 6’10” height limit. Not all teams will go for a towering reinforcement however but most will.
Rest is for the weary as the PBA is back in action Sunday with the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.
The mid-season joust allows for all 12 teams to parade an import with a 6’10” height limit. Not all teams will go for a towering reinforcement however, but most will.
To know a little bit about the import lineup this year, here’s a list of them.
Reinforcements have arrived.
Justin Brownlee — Brgy. Ginebra
Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but for the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup, well he’s the reigning Best Import and the Gin Kings are the defending champions.
There you go.
Charles Rhodes — San Miguel
Who else 2.0?
Charles Rhodes also needs to introduction considering he’s beloved by San Miguel fans.
Rhodes was Best Import and led the Beermen to the title in 2017. Last year he was not around because the Beermen went with Renaldo Balkman.
Now Charles is back and he wants to regain the titles he never actually lost.
John Fields — Magnolia
The Hotshots get John Fields, who previously played for Columbian last season.
With the Dyip, Fields averaged close to 30-20 and led Columbian to a respectable 4-7 finish. Just recently, he had the Singapore Slingers to the ABL Finals.
In Fields, Magnolia gets a high-scoring big that would complement its existing frontline and could further unlock its incredible backcourt.
Alex Stepheson — Blackwater
Alex Stepheson played the role of the bruiser for the Bolts two years ago and now he’s back to do the same for Blackwater.
The Elite need some help down low and Stepheson is the perfect import for that.
Chris Daniels — Alaska
The Aces bring in another veteran reinforcement and this time, it’s 35-year-old Curtis Daniels.
Daniels won a title in the NBA G-league with Rio Grande and has had multiple stints in Asia including Korea, China, and Lebanon.
Kyle Barone — Columbian
Another ABL import is making a transition to the PBA with Kyle Barone suiting up for Columbian.
Barone played for Saigon Heat in the past ABL season, making the playoffs before losing to eventual champions CLS Knights.
He joins top rookie CJ Perez in the young Dyip squad.
Rob Dozier — Phoenix
Former Best Import Rob Dozier is finally back in the PBA, now playing for Phoenix with some familiar faces like Calvin Abueva.
Dozier used to be a resident import for Alaska. He led the Aces to their last PBA championship in 2013 and was on deck when Alaska was in the Finals of the Commissioner’s Cup three years ago.
Denzel Bowles — Rain or Shine
Another former Best Import and Commissioner’s Cup champion, Denzel Bowles is making a true PBA return in 2019 for Rain or Shine.
A longtime Purefoods import, Bowles was set to make a PBA return with TNT two years ago but that thing went down the drain.
Bowles famously made two crucial free throws in regulation during Game 7 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, leading B-Meg to an overtime win over the Tropang Texters for the title.
Gani Lawal — Meralco
Former NBA players are also coming over and one is Gani Lawal suiting up for Meralco.
Gawal was a second-round pick by Phoenix in 2010 and last played in Japan for the Japanese B-League.
Curtis Washington — NLEX
NLEX was supposed to bring in former Hotshots import Tony Mitchell but that didn’t work out after Mitchell was failed to arrive following an SBL title win in Taiwan.
The Road Warriors will instead rely on Curtis Washington, a journeyman who’s had stints in the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, and Australia.
Prince Ibeh — Northport
Northport gets help in the frontline in young Prince Ibeh.
Ibeh had previous stints in the NBA G-League and he last played in the Japanese B.League with Yokohama.
Terrence Jones — TNT
TNT has a new Terrence in former NBA player Terrence Jones.
Jones was a first-round pick by Houston in 2012 after he won the national championship with Kentucky.
Aside from the Rockets, he also suited up and averaged double figures for the New Orleans Pelicans.
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