However, the PBA website reported that this time, Blakely will play as a stand-in import for Purefoods as the Hotshots await NBA veteran Daniel Orton, who will only be available next month.
This time, the website added, Blakely will have the odds stacked against him as he is expected to play against bigger reinforcements.
However, the 6-foot-5 baller has a rather positive take on his height disadvantage for the PBA Commissioner's Cup....
MANILA, Philippines - The tape measure awaits eight imports still to be sized up before being declared eligible to play in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup starting tomorrow. So far, only five imports have been measured and one was disqualified for failing to make the limit. The other imports or those who are now in town will be measured in the PBA office today. In the queue are Meralco’s Josh Davis, Barangay Ginebra’s Michael Dunigan, Alaska’s D. J. Covington, Globalport’s Calvin (C. J.) Leslie, NLEX’ Al Thornton and Blackwater’s Chris Charles.
Cleared to play are Rain Or Shine’s 6-8 1/16 Rick Jackson, Kia’s 7-2 3/ 4 Peter John Ramos, Barako Bull’s 7-0 1/2 Solomon Alabi and Talk ‘N’ Text’s 6-6 15/16 Richard Howell. Globalport’s would-be import Rod Benson was measured at 6-9 1/8 when the limit for all the teams, except the last four placers in the Philippine Cup, is 6-9. There is no limit for the imports of the last four placers which are No. 9 Barako Bull, No. 10 NLEX, No. 11 Kia and No. 12 Blackwater.
Purefoods will be reinforced by Daniel Orton but the former University of Kentucky forward is still playing in the Chinese league. Coach Tim Cone has recalled Marqus Blakely to suit up on an interim basis as the Hotshots are set to make their second conference debut on Jan. 30. Orton may not be available until the first week of February. If Blakely is Cone’s pick to play for the meantime, he will also report for measurement today....
In a gesture of thanks to the thousands of fans who attended the championship game of the Philippine Cup, the PBA will give out free general admission tickets on opening day of the Commissioner's Cup on Tuesday, January 27.
A total of 22,511 fans watched Game Seven between the San Miguel Beer and Alaska on Wednesday, the largest crowd since the season opener in the Philippine Arena.
The Beermen prevailed in the thrilling battle that saw the Aces climb back from a 23-point hole in the first half, before finals Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos quelled the fierce Alaska rally with a dagger three-pointer late in the game....
Purefoods Star Hotshots coach Tim Cone is back in the country from the United States where he looked for a reinforcement for the upcoming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Cone didn’t go home empty-handed as he found former NBA player Daniel Orton, listed as 6’10″, whom he believes “will give us the inside presence we need.”
“I’ve scouted him last year and he has a solid inside game,” wrote Cone in a text message....
The five-game-a-week PBA Commissioner’s Cup gets going Tuesday as expansion squad Kia Sorento meets Globalport in the opener and Ginebra faces Meralco in the nightcap at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Games will be played Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as the league hopes to wrap up the conference early to allow an early finish so the Philippine team can get ready for the FIBA-Asia championships that will be held in China.
The China event will be a qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||0||0||0.000|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|