MANILA, Philippines – Barako Bull has finally acquired much-sought import DJ Mbenga in an effort to salvage its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign.
The former Los Angeles Lakers player arrived in Manila Tuesday afternoon and immediately joined the team’s training, according to Snow Badua’s report to the league’s website.
The 7-foot Congolese-Belgian, who will replace outgoing import Evan Brock, has yet to adjust to the Philippine weather and his team’s system.
Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao hopes Mbenga will be able to make adjustments in time.
“We’re very much aware na after his stint sa China, matagal siyang hindi naglaro ng high level, so we’ll see,” said Casyao.
Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman said they will need Mbenga’s presence at the shaded lane.
“We’re the worst rebounding team, that’s what we need in him. We don’t care if he doesn’t have an offense or what. We need his defense and hustle more,” he said.
Mbenga will be debuting for the Energy Cola on Sunday against Petron Blaze.