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Alapag confident controversial import to be embraced by Pinoy fans

MANILA, Philippines — Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag does not anticipate any problems when controversial import Ivan Johnson suits up for the team in the ASEAN Basketball League starting in November.

Johnson, a former NBA player, introduced himself to Philippine basketball fans by helping TNT KaTropa win the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Former TNT import Ivan Johnson. ABS-CBN News File photo
Despite this, he was banned for life by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa in 2016, when he was accused of disrespecting the top PBA official during a game against the Meralco Bolts. His punishment was eventually downgraded to a season-long ban.

This incident, however, did not deter Alab from tapping Johnson as one of its two World Imports for the upcoming season.

“No problems at all. I don't expect any issues,” Alapag told reporters on Tuesday in a press conference ahead of their campaign.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/10/18/17/alapag-confident-controversial-import-to-be-embraced-by-pinoy-fans

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