PBA Commissioner’s Cup opens on March 17

Two weeks after the conclusion of the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) maiden conference, the Philippine Cup with the San Miguel Beermen capping a historic perpetual championship, the first play-for-play loop in Asia returns with the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.

Featured imports for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup (Photo courtesy: PinoyBoxBreak)

The conference will be featuring reinforcements with a 6-foot-10 height limit as teams signed up familiar and new imports to boost their respective lineups.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Justin Brownlee, who led the team in achieving the franchises’ first title after eight long years, will be returning for a second tour of duty, but he will be facing much taller imports as he will be the smallest among the current batch.

Other returnees are Eugene Phelps for the Phoenix Fuel Masters, James White for the Mahindra Floodbuster, and Wayne Chism, formerly from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, will be suiting up for the NLEX Road Warriors.

Also returning will be ex-GlobalPort Batang Pier reinforcement Shawn Taggart who will be donning the colors of the Elasto Painters.

A more familiar returnee will be former PBA Best Import Denzel Bowles, who will be suiting up with the TNT KaTropa.

Blackwater Elite enlisted the services of former National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Greg Smith and GlobalPort will be parading Sean Williams.

The Star Hotshots tapped ex-Detroit Piston Tony Mitchell with the Meralco Bolts will parade Alex Stepheson.

Finally, the Beermen signed up Charles Rhodes.

The 2017 Commissioner’s Cup will formally open on March 17 (Manila Time) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the Bolts goes up against Mahindra in the first game before the main event that features the matchup between NLEX and Rain or Shine.

 

 

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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