Former NBA player John Holland was reported to replace Dez Wells as San Miguel Beermen import in the ongoing 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.
That confirmation came from none other than the SMB head coach Leo Austria.
“We’re hoping maayos ang paperworks ni John Holland bukas (in time for Saturday),” said Austria.
Holland is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday or one day prior to their out-of-town game versus the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters which will be held in the Hoops Dome Gym in Cebu.
“Since sinabi ni Wells he can’t play on Saturday, we got a backup. We can’t afford na walang import for the second time,” Austria added.
“Very crucial ang game namin on Saturday. If he (Wells) cannot play, so there must be someby who could replace him. The good thing is, this win can give us a lot of option eh, dahil kung natalo kami mahirap eh. But regarding Saturday’s game, may import or wala, makakalaro o hindi, we have to play at our best dahil we have a chance to make it (to the Top 4),” he added.
Yesterday, team SMB needed an extra five minutes to officially dispose the struggling Blackwater Elite where they played minus Dez Wells.
Also according to the multi-awarded head coach, Dez Wells looks fine before Tuesday and on Wednesday but later complained that he felt something not good on his injured foot.
“He’s practicing well nung Monday, tsina-challenge niya every player na matapat sa kanya expecially on penetratuon but we’re surprised yesterday he skipped practice because something’s wrong with his foot,” said Austria.
The new expected import of the grand slam seeking Beermen was a former player of the Cleveland Cavaliers and was once a teammate of LeBron James and other NBA superstars like Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, etc., which the team assembled during the final stint of “The King” in Cavs.
Apart from the NBA, Holland also went to Europe and was part of the Chorale Roanne Basket of France based basketball tournament.