They have yet to play a game in the 2014 Commissioner's Cup, but reports have the San Miguel Beermen, formerly the Petron Blaze Boosters, already bringing in a new import to replace former NBA first round pick Josh Boone.
RealGM.com's Shams Charania tweeted that NBA D-Leaguer Kevin Jones of the Canton Charge will be the new Beermen import, with Jones earlier tweeting out that he was on a flight to Manila.
It was not immediately clear when the Beermen will switch their import. The team begins their conference campaign Friday night, at 5:45pm, against the Meralco Bolts. Jones' latest tweet had him in Dallas two hours before the posting of this article. SMB may opt to use Boone just for this game, or go import-less.
It is also possible that the team will keep Jones around as a reserve import, switching him in only if Boone really does not impress....
MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer, the only remaining pioneer in the PBA, returns in place of Petron Blaze Friday as it clashes with Meralco in the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Again donning the familiar jersey of the league’s winningest franchise, the Beermen slug it out with the Bolts at 5:45 p.m.,
The Beermen, now under Biboy Ravanes, himself a member of several champion SMB squads in the past, will parade Oscar Joshua Boone as their import against Brian Butch and the Bolts. Ravanes has American Todd Purves as chief deputy....
Biboy Ravanes, the new coach of San Miguel Beer (formerly Petron Blaze), is hoping to avoid the misfortune that befell fellow first-timer Pido Jarencio of Globalport when the Beermen debut today against the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ravanes, who replaced Gee Abanilla, is confident his boys will come out strong to give him a winning start when they play the Bolts at 5:45 p.m.
After experimenting with several names, the team is back to its original franchise name and moniker hoping these may change the fortunes of the team which has not had much success as Petron the past three seasons....
Columbian Autocar Corporation, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. and Metro Pacific, three companies who have expressed intention of joining the PBA, will have to wait until April to know whether or not they will be accepted as new members in Asia’s pioneering professional league.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in an informal press conference on Thursday that the three companies, whose teams are applying to become expansion ball clubs in the league, have already submitted their letter of intent to join.
“The PBA Office, as of yesterday (Wednesday), has received three formal letters of intent to join the PBA next season as expansion teams, meaning new franchises, namely in order of their submission, first, Columbian Autocar Corporation, which is Kia Team, number two is the Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc., which is known as Blackwater Sports and number three, just yesterday, the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, which will be using NLEX Road Warriors as its team name,” said Salud....
“I’m happy and proud of them,” Fernandez told InterAksyon.com. “Siguro it’s about time na rin to move up to the PBA.”
Fernandez led the squad to five championships in six conferences as the Road Warriors established a dynasty in the D-League....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||1||0||1.000|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||3rd|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|