NBA veteran Jason Maxiell won’t be able to show his true worth for Tropang TNT in the PBA Governors Cup after going beyond the 6-5 import height limit.
A noted inside player, the former Detroit Pistons forward was 11/16 over 6-5 limit after being measured on Friday 1 p.m. at the PBA’s head office in Libis, Quezon City.
“Yeah, he’s (Maxiell) overheight so we’ll look for another one,” TNT coach Jong Uichico confirmed to FOX Sports on Friday afternoon.
Uichico said they are now going over the list of imports again to find a replacement for Maxiell, who has practiced with the team the past 4 days at the Moro Lorenzo gym.
“May mga pangalan na kami pero we have to go back to the list again,” he said.
“We thought Maxiell will make the height, but well, he didn’t make it.”
The multi-titled PBA coach said the challenging part now is who to bring in as a replacement considering that American players usually prioritize joining the NBA Summer League or other foreign leagues.
“We have enough time because time is not the question. But it’s the import availability, that’s the question, because it’s the season where most of the imports want to be in (NBA ) Summer League,” explained the TNT coach.
The 33-year-old Maxiell would have been a perfect fit for TNT, according to TNT due to his strong rebounding, defense and inside scoring.
Maxiell, who is coming off a stint with Tianjin Ronggang in the Chinese Basketball Association, was selected 26th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft and went on to play 8 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, before suiting up for Orlando Magic and Charlotte. – By Richard Dy
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