PBA: Converge taps new import Jamaal Franklin

Shanxi Loongs' Jamaal Franklin. [Photo/Xinhua]


MANILA, Philippines–Converge will make a fresh import with former NBA player Jamaal Franklin ahead of Thursday’s attempt to win 2-0 in the PBA Governors’ Cup against Terrafirma at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Franklin, who briefly played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets, joined after the FiberXers opened a campaign reinforced by New Zealand national team member Ethan Rusbatch.

“We hope he’s better,” team governor Chito Salud said when asked about the change.

Rusbatch was included on the injury reserve, but Salud did not provide further details on whether he is facing any illness following his 17-point, 9-rebound effort in the game. FiberXers Route 122-92 to NorthPort Batang Pier last Sunday.

After that win, coach Aldin Ayo mentioned that Rusbatch was a great fit for his system.

Franklin, 31, played a total of 24 NBA games between 2013 and 2015 before spending time in the NBA G-League, Puerto Rico and China, where he played for some time before the offer. of Converge is given.

He played for Shanxi Brave Dragons, Sichuan Blue Whale and Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association from 2016 to 2022.

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