Barangay Ginebra will parade a new import in the Governors’ Cup in the body of 6-foot-5 wingman Drew Crawford, according to head coach Tim Cone.
The 25-year old Crawford, who might arrive next week, is the son of famous NBA referee Danny Crawford, who just officiated in an intense Game 7 showdown between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunders.
“We don’t have a confirmed date yet when he is coming in but we have 7 weeks so it’s not much urgent to bring him but the earlier he is in, the better it is for us,” said Cone moments after Ginebra concluded their 1st practice for the third conference at Green Meadows Subdivision in Quezon City.
Cone attested to Crawford’s potential, being able to personally scout the young import in the NBA Summer League twice, describing him as a “high-energy guy, who can play in and out, and is a good defender.”
“I know him fairly well, saw him play a couple of times and I think he will fit on what we do,” said Cone, who just arrived back in Manila after spending the break with his family in the US.
The multi-titled coach even joked that Crawford can either behave or not under the watch of the referees in the PBA.
“I think he will be very behaved with the referees since his dad is a referee, or maybe he doesn’t like his dad and he will be worst here,” he shared laughingly.
As for the earlier reports that Othyus Jeffers will stick until the season-ending conference, Cone said nabbing a new import was a management decision.
“I think all the guys liked him and I had a great relationship with him, but management just felt we needed a guy that could take us to the next level,” he explained.
With big man Greg Slaughter still doubtful if he can play due to an ankle injury, Crawford can easily add ceiling to the Gin Kings who are also missing Gilas pool players Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio.
Joe Devance, meanwhile, will rejoin the practice in 4-5 days as he attends to his ailing step father. – By Jason Mercene
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