Five PBA imports arrive for the Governors Cup


FIVE imports slated for the PBA Governors Cup have arrived in the country, less than two weeks before the tournament’s scheduled opening.

Returnees KJ McDaniels from NLEX, Olu Ashaolu from Alaska and Brandon Brown from San Miguel, as well as Cameron Forte from NorthPort and Antonio Hester from Terrafirma are already in town, with seven other imports still awaiting their respective visas to be able to visit. in the country.

The league has tentatively set a Nov. 28 opening for the conference, but with the rest of the imports yet to arrive and subject to the five-day quarantine requirement, it’s highly likely that the opening will be moved to the first week of December.

Commissioner Willie Marcial has made it clear that the tournament will not start until all 12 imports are counted.

Forte and Ashaolu are among the early risers and have joined their respective teams in training, while McDaniels, Brown and Hester are still in quarantine.

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Mike Harris is expected to arrive on Thursday.

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Dilemma for imports

Former top importer Mike Harris is tentatively scheduled for a Nov. 18 arrival, according to Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.

“Ang dami kasing dapat ayusin his visa application. And the issue usually takes five to seven days, ”Victolero said.

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Another import back into Henry Walker from Rain or Shine faces the same dilemma.

“He’s still waiting for his visa to be processed,” said Elasto Painters coach Chris Gavina. “I hope he can get it by this week so we can get it to the country as soon as possible.”

Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia is also awaiting import Jaylen Bond, who will arrive from New York.

“Visa delayed,” he said in a short text message.

Others yet to arrive are former best import Justine Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra, Paul Harris of Phoenix, Shabazz Muhammad of Meralco and McKenzie Moore of TnT Tropang Giga.

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