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    PBA Imports: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

    Some of the most colorful - and even not so colorful - folks have played in the PBA as imports.

    A few of the more notable ones: Norman Black, Billy Ray Bates, Michael Hacket, Rob Williams, Cyrus Mann, Byron "Snake" Jones.

    Share your memories and anecdotes about the PBA's imports right here.

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    first two i remember were billy ray robinson and cisco* oliver!* they were the complete opposites

    billy ray was low key, bald and bland, but reliable. cicso had the wild afro, was the forefather of the double head tap after every made basket, except he raised both fists high above his head instead (and he scored something like 20+ pts. a game, so imagine how many times he did that a game).

    one game, cisco didn't agree with the ref's call, so he started throwing a tantrum on court, ripped off his playing jersey and slouched under the basket.* no one could get him to leave the court. man, that was a riot !* it was a sight, not only because of the antics, but because players in those days weren't exactly in the best of shape either !!!* ;D

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    Cyrus Mann was among Crispa's original imports. Too bad he got felled by drug use in his later years. Had to be sent home by Baby Dalupan after his marijuana abuse had exacted its toll on his athletic skills and basketball talent.

    Byron "Snake" Jones I remember for his smooth, silky lefty moves like he was running on ball bearings. He originally suited up for Toyota, but later signed up by arch-foe Crispa in 1981. Had a good stroke for a big man.

    Norman Black I remember for not ever attempting a three-point shot. His reason is that he's got to go clean up after Ricky Brown, Ricky Relosa, Allan Caidic, Franz Pumaren, and all the PBA legends he ever played for in their prime. Had a volcanic temper when he originally suited up for Tefilin. Now you can trust him with your first-born on his baptismal rites
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    Any memories about ex-NBA players who played as imports here? Norman Black (Detroit Pistons) and Billy Ray Bates (Portland Trailblazers) are just two of the more notable examples.

    Or even imports who eventually played in the NBA? Kevin Gamble (Ginebra, later to the Boston Celtics) and Richie Frahm (Talk N Text, late of the Seattle Supersonics)

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    ^Two ex-imports won championship rings with the Celtics. David Thirdkill (Tanduay, Purefoods) was a reserve on the Celtics' '86 championship team. And before him, there was Glenn McDonald (U-Tex), who was a reserve on the Celtics' '76 championship team. He was the hero of that classic triple overtime Game 5. There's also Tony Harris (Swift) who played for the Sixers and the Celtics.

    Other ex-imports who won NBA championship rings include Wes Matthews (Ginebra, Lakers '87), Billy Thompson (SMB, Lakers 87), Dennis Hopson (Purefoods, Chicago Bulls '91) and Scott Burrell (Red Bull, Chicago Bulls '9. Also, Leon Wood (Purefoods) was on the '84 US Olympic team.

    Cedric Ceballos also played here for a couple of games a few years ago. Can't remember which team, though. But he was already past his prime.
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    1. Scott Burrell(Red Bull) - from the fabled Chicago Bulls of the 90's.
    2. Wes Matthews - Ginebra yata from LA Lakers yata.
    3. Ennis Whatley - Is he PBA to NBA? He played for San Miguel
    4. Darvin Ham - Detroit Pistons
    5. Henry James(Ginebra) - Atlanta Hawks
    6. Michael Young(Manila Beer) - Phoenix Suns

    Some imports that I remember. David Thirdkill for Purefoods, Dexter Shouse also for Purefoods, Terrence Bailey for Presto, CArlos Briggs(I think Rodman copied it from him and made his more flamboyant. Sino pa ba? *Terquin Mott,
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    I almost forgot: Chris King of Gordon's Gin. He led the Gins to the 1997 Commissioner's Cup championship along with Marlou Aquino, Bal David, Noli Locsin, Jayvee Gayoso and Vince Hizon. Before that he was on the regular roster of the Seattle Supersonics where the scouting reports said he was a "streak shooter, tall post-up 3/2, can get up and down the court well, plays adequate defense..."

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    I wonder what ever happened to the PBA's other Mister 100% Awardee, former career Alaska import Sean Chambers...?

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    Devin Davis of Alaska. led alaska to a 8-0 start in the 1998 governor's cup, and eventually winning the championship.
    also, Derrick Hamilton, once scored 78 points in a game. but was sent home for illegal use of drugs in 1995.
    ANIMO!

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    ang inaabangan ko nun eh yung mga import ng ginebra! carlos briggs, jumpin' joe ward, leon trimmingham (idol ko to, kaya lang every game he played, his game's level also went down... eventually was replaced) chris king and henry james.


 
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