Import Brian Butch has been playing great for the Meralco Bolts in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup.
But after playing ill in his last game, Meralco has finally let go of him to give way for standby import Darnell Jackson who iss an NBA veteran journeyman.
Jackson will be the reinforcement of Meralco with three games to go in the team’s elimination round schedule in the single-round elimination tournament.
The 6-foot-9 Jackson formally joined the Bolts’ practice on Friday afternoon more than a week since quietly slipping into town as possible replacement for Butch.
Team manager Butch Antonio said Jackson brings in a new dimension to the Bolts, who suffered a 96-79 beating at the hands of Rain or Shine last Wednesday in a performance that decided the fate of Butch.
“He’s got a strong inside presence. Para siyang si (Richard) Howell,” Antonio told Spin.ph as he likened Jackson to the Talk `N Text all-around import in terms of strength.
The Meralco official, however, said it is difficult to compare Jackson with the 6-foot-9 Butch, who gave the Bolts a huge outside threat and an infectious attitude inside the locker room in the six games that he played for the franchise.
“It’s hard to compare kasi si Brian parang Dirk Nowitzki (of the Dallas Mavericks). Eh si DJ naman inside player and he’s doing okay naman in practice,” said Antonio.
Jackson was selected 52nd overall by the Miami Heat in the 2008 NBA draft and played for Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Sacramento in four seasons in the league.
The former University of Kansas forward averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes of action in 138 NBA career games.
The 29-year-old Jackson is coming off a 37-game stint in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Shanghai Sharks owned by former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, where he averaged 21.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.1 steals.
Despite the great showing of the Wisconsin standout, they still decided to let go of him.
Butch finished his brief PBA stint with averages of 27.2 points, 21.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.3 blocks.
He posted 40 points and grabbed a conference-high 31 rebounds last week in leading the Bolts to a 109-98 come-from-behind win over Air21.
It will be seen in Meralco's next game against Barangay Ginebra on April 2 on how Jackson fills the spot vacated by Butch, which is an all-around player who was making the damages from the inside and destroying the enemies with his proficient outside shooting from behind the arc.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
The long wait is over as Darnell Jackson replaces Brian Butch as Meralco Import
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