ABL: Renaldo Balkman on Manila return — ‘The past is past’

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2018 06:43 PM

Former PBA import Renaldo Balkman is just thankful for being given a second chance to play in the country.

Balkman, who was banned from the PBA for his meltdown nearly 5 years ago, joined fellow import Justin Brownlee in towing Tanduay Alab Pilipinas to a 90-79 domination of Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ASEAN Basketball League at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

"It felt good . . . The past is past. Today is great day for me being back in the Philippines," the former New York Knick told sports scribes following their win on Wednesday.

Balkman was a prized import of San Miguel (then known as Petron) during the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup, averaging 25 points and 13.4 rebounds.

But Balkman went on a rampage during a game against Alaska after failing to get a call that he wanted. This led to him being fined P500,000 and being banned from the league.

He later apologized for the incident.

When asked if he's open to rejoining the PBA, Balkman said he has a goal to fulfill with Alab.

"I mean right now I'm in the ABL. We can talk about the PBA later. We can talk about the ABL now, we can talk about winning a championship, that's our goal right now," he said.

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