Despite the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup still having the championship match between the two-time champion San Mig Super Coffee Mixers and Talk N' Text Tropang Texters, which is tied at 1-all in a best-of-five-affair, the imports for the season-ending Governor's Cup are already completed.
This batch of reinforcements is a mix of NBA veterans and stars in the making who want to make a name in the PBA along with proven comebacking PBA imports which the fans can watch in the season-ending tournament which will start in the third week of the month.
Governor's Cup Imports
The incoming imports will be lead by NBA veterans Reggie Williams of San Miguel and Terrence Williams of Meralco who have the most credentials among the imports.
The current imports looked like one of the most impressive batches on papers based on their NBA credentials.
Barangay Ginebra's Zaccheus Mason and San Miguel Beer's Reggie Williams arrived on Sunday morning on the same PR 103 flight from Los Angeles.
Mason was high on Ginebra's wish list from the time the team first scouted for an import while Williams was tapped as a last-minute replacement for Elijah Millsap, who led the then Petron to the finals of this same tournament last season.
Active consultant Todd Purves said the decision to go for Williams was "management's decision."
Mason is a fresh graduate of Chattoonga University while Williams is a six-year NBA veteran having played for the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats and the Oklahoma City Thunder as a back-up wingman.
Sources from both teams bared that management of San Miguel Corporation decided to fly in both players at the same time so they can start practice immediately.
The Meralco Bolts import Terrence Williams was picked 11th overall by the New Jersey Nets in 2009 NBA draft and is touted as an exciting player.
He won the slam dunk contest of the 2005 Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic.
Surprise Commissioner’s Cup semifinalists Air 21 Express will be banking on Allen Durham, a former teammate of recent reinforcement Wesley Witherspoon in France.
Air21 governor Lito Alvarez bared that Durham impressed with the Nantes team in France and received more positive scouting reports than Witherspoon, who led the Express to within a win of a first-ever finals appearance in the Commissioner's Cup.
“Mas magaling pa daw 'yan kay Witherspoon sa France, iyan ang mas go-to guy nila,” said the amiable team official of the import who is due to arrive in the country next week.
Talk N' Text's Othyus Jeffers is an NBA D-League Co-MVP having played for the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, and most recently the Minnesota Timberwolves in the pro.
Alaska's Bill Walker is also an NBA campaigner having played for the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.
While San Mig's Blakely, Rain Or Shine's Reid and Barako Bull's Hickerson, who last played for Barako Bull, are already long-tenured imports in the PBA.
We will witness their talents in the upcoming Governor's Cup and we'll see if who is the most impressive.
Here's the complete list of imports:
1. Alaska Aces – Bill Walker (already in the country)
2. Air21 Express – Allen Durham (arriving next week)
3. Barako Bull Energy – Eric Wise (already in the country)
4. Brgy Ginebra Kings – Zaccheus Mason (arrived on Sunday)
5. GlobalPort Batang Pier – Leroy Hickerson (already in the country)
6. Meralco Bolts – Terrence Williams (already in the country)
7. Rain or Shine Elastopainters – Arizona Reid (already in country)
8. San Mig Coffee Mixers – Marqus Blakely (already in the country)
9. San Miguel Beermen – Reggie Williams (arrived on Sunday)
10. Talk n’ Text Tropang Texters – Othyus Jeffers (already in the country)
--- with reports from Spin.ph
Four NBA veterans lead the imports in the season-ending PBA Governor's Cup
Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on