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Bolts herald Panamanian standout instead of NBA vet

Tony Bishop Jr. has been a mainstay of Staff Panama. —FIBA.COM

One of many first golf equipment to determine its import, Meralco on Sunday grew to become the primary to do a change.

With plans to usher in NBA veteran Shabazz Muhammad for the PBA Governors’ Cup petering out due to a “household emergency,” the Bolts on Sunday introduced that Panamanian Tony Bishop Jr. might be suiting up for the season-ending convention tentatively set to begin on Dec. 5.

“We want Shabazz the perfect in coping with his household issues, and we’re trying ahead to welcoming Tony Bishop as our import for this convention,” group supervisor Paolo Trillo stated in an announcement launched to media shops.

Meralco will nonetheless have a seasoned participant within the 32-year-old Bishop, a 6-foot-6 ahead who has had stints in Germany, Japan, Romania, Lithuania and Denmark, amongst others, whereas being a nationwide group mainstay.

He final performed in Puerto Rico, serving to the Mets de Guaynabo to the championship sequence.

There, Bishop put up 16.6 factors and seven.9 rebounds over the course of 34 video games, taking part in as one of many membership’s three international reinforcements.

Not a downgrade

The Texas-born Bishop additionally performed alongside Renaldo Balkman, the Puerto Rican standout who additionally suited up for a number of Filipino golf equipment previously, together with San Miguel Beer. Meralco, thrice the runner-up within the final 4 editions of the Governors’ Cup, opted to go along with Muhammad as resident import Allen Durham is at the moment taking part in for the Ryukyu Golden Kings within the Japanese B.League.

Muhammad would’ve been fairly the decide for a Meralco aspect trying to go all the way in which within the season-ending showcase. He was, in any case, a first-round decide throughout the 2013 NBA Rookie Draft and offered first rate numbers for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A member of the Panamanian nationwide group, Bishop could look like a little bit of a downgrade, however that is still to be seen. He was reportedly additionally one of many skills scouted by the Meralco administration forward of the convention.

Norman Black has but to answer the Inquirer’s request for remark as of press time, however the adorned coach stated in a earlier interview that he’s trying to rely closely on his rejuvenated native crew—maybe as a workaround for not having its outdated dependable in Durham. INQ

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