In addition to its American import Allen Durham, the Meralco Bolts under coach Norman Black recently signed Iranian guard Mohamad Jamshidi for their campaign in the upcoming Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup in July.
Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo said that the 6’3 shooting guard would complement the 6’5 Durham, who also played for the defunct Barako Bull two years ago.
“We hired an Asian import because we need firepower in the backcourt and I think Jamshidi is a good solution,” Trillo said. “Jamshidi will return to Manila after Iran’s campaign in the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament in Turin Italy on July 9.”
“I believe he can blend well with Jimmy [Alapag], Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, among others,” he added. “The good thing is he can play the guard spot and he’s big at that position.”
Meanwhile, coach Jong Uichico of Talk ‘N Text confirmed that they would be fielding the high-profile import Jason Maxiell for the third conference.
Known for his aggressiveness and dominating form in the paint during his stint in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the 6’5 Maxiell is expected to play a huge role during the next campaign of Talk ‘N Text.
“He [Maxiell] just arrived early morning and then will proceed to practice tomorrow,” Uichico told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Maxiell’s inside game is what the team’s need since we really have a lack of big men.”
The NBA veteran power forward Maxiell has played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Hornets. The Cincinnati player posted an average of 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds during his 10-year career in the NBA.
Maxiell will play alongside Jayson Castro, rookie Moala Tautuaa, Dennis Miranda, Kelly Williams, Ranidel De Ocampo, Larry Fonacier and veteran Danny Seigle, among others.
Uichico also said that the Tropang Texters are also keen on getting an Asian import. “We are still looking for an Asian import, so far we haven’t found one yet,” he said.
JOSEF T. RAMOS