Kings to play all-Pinoy as new import goes over height limit

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Kings to play all-Pinoy as new import goes over height limit

MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra San Miguel, the Philippine Basketball Association’s crowd darling, will be playing all-Filipino in its next game against the vastly-improved Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the Big Dome this Friday.

No thanks to new import Ryan Humphrey, who exceeded the required 6’6 height limit by half an inch.

“That’s bad," said Ginebra coach Jong Uichico, owner of seven PBA championships while handling San Miguel Beer and Ginebra. “We have no plan at this stage but to look for another import, but unfortunately, it would take few days before we determine who will be the right guy to come here."

“Humphrey was measured three times in the United States and he was measured 6’6. I really don’t know why he exceeded the limit. We might play all-Filipino, but I’m quite certain we will be spared of fine because of technicality. We had the intention of bringing in an import, but unfortunately did not make the height limit," added Uichico.

A first round draft choice of the Utah Jazz in 2002, Humphrey appeared to be the perfect fit as Ginebra import. He possessed a solid inside game, averaging a career-best 18.9 points per game while also topping his team in block shots with 1.8 average in his final season at the University of Notre Dame in 2002.

In the NBA, he was a workhorse underneath the basket.

But all those dreams of landing a solid import died down for the Gin Kings, who just sent home Rod Nealy.

Uichico said he will go over the list of prospects again, but doubted whether they could tap the right import at this point of time.

Meanwhile, the scheduled game in Dubai between Coca-Cola and San Miguel has been reset on May 20 this year, PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial confirmed.

The Beermen are the only unbeaten team in the ongoing Motolite-PBA Fiesta Conference with a 7-0 record. – GMANews.TV

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