Alaska taps ex-Cavalier Shane Edwards as Rob Dozier recovers from injury

With former Best Import Robert Dozier still recovering from plantar fasciitis on his left foot, Alaska has decided to tap NBA D-League veteran Shane Edwards as the Aces’ temporary reinforcement for the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Alaska board governor Dickie Bachmann bared the news to FOX Sports, with the 28-year-old former University of Arkansas-Little Rock standout set to make his debut on Wednesday against Tropang TNT at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Rob Dozier is still injured, so Shane will play maybe 1 or 2 games,” Bachmann said on Tuesday.

Read: Shane Edwards plays like Wendell McKines says Aces coach Alex Compton

The amiable Alaska team executive said the 6-foot-8 Dozier can actually play, but they wouldn’t want to take risk on the comebacking import’s condition.

“It’s not that serious. He got that injury during practice,” explained Bachmann.

“Rob can actually play but we don’t want to risk it. So we’ll play when he’s ready.”

Alaska opened the mid-season conference with a 107-101 defeat to Blackwater as Dozier sat out the game.

Read: Moving on: Manuel, Alaska begin picking up pieces after Finals loss

Listed at 6-7, Edwards played for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, New Mexico and the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League where he owned career averages of 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 135 games.

He also had a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and has recently played for BG Goettingen in Germany where he averaged 11.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 block in 16 games.

Edwards will be pitted against David Simon, who will also be debuting for Tropang TNT.

Read: Bizarre Game 7 gamble fails to pay off for Compton

Simon, a former Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne standout, will be filling in the spot vacated by banned import Ivan Johnson.

He is fresh from a stint with Seoul SK Knights in the Korean league where he averaged 20.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists this year. – By Richard Dy

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