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PBA: Import woes hit NLEX as Jonathon Simmons gets China team offer


NLEX coach Frankie Lim.  –PBA IMAGES

NLEX coach Frankie Lim. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—The partnership between NLEX and alleged importer Jonathon Simmons appears to have hit a dead end.

The Simmons are said to have made their Road Warriors debut in their first game of the 2023 PBA Governors’ Cup against Blackwater on Wednesday but coach Frankie Lim pointed out the problem with the former NBA player.

“He got an offer in China so I said, ‘go ahead, we’ll find someone else.’ He probably won’t play on Wednesday but we’ll try to find a way,” Lim said in a story on the PBA’s website.

As of writing, NLEX has yet to confirm whether they will play with a new import match against the Bosses or if they will play all Filipinos.

For Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia, neither situation will cause him to alter the team’s game plans as they seek their first win.

“Gano’n parin (It will be). We will try to stop their import, whoever it may be. It’s also important that they have new players so we don’t know the impact they will have on NLEX,” said the top coach.

While NLEX is uncertain about its import situation, Blackwater will take back the services of foreign service provider Shawn Glover.

Glover helped Blackwater regain a streak of 29 wins in 2021.

In addition to the notable import, Vanguardia is also excited to enter a convention with a complete lineup.

“Baser (Amer), Jayvee (Casio) and Joshua (Torralba) will finally compete [altogether]. Soon—perhaps, next week, Troy (Rosario) will be playing,” said the mentor.

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