Air21 releases Herve Lamizana, to replace with Witherspoon
MANILA, Philippines - PBA Import Herve Lamizana has been released by the Air21 Express on Wednesday, March 19.
Lamizana's agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed the news to Rappler, stating that "it was a mutual decision of Herve and the team as he did not fit the system of Coach Franz Pumaren." Reyes added "he is leaving in good faith and is very thankful of the opportunity. As he said, 'Some good things do come to an end.'"
Reyes added that Pumaren is in search of an import who is a big-time scorer.
Lamizana is known for his defense, leading the league in shot blocks with 3.75 per contest. However, his offense was inconsistent, as shown in scoreless first halves against Globalport and Barako Bull. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in four games with the Express (2-2) in the Commissioner's Cup, per pba-online.net
The native of the Ivory Coast won’t be out of action for long, however, as he’s already fielding offers to play in Puerto Rico, where he had previously entertained offers before coming to agreement with the PBA. Reyes said that her client is thankful to the Air21 management for the opportunity to play overseas.
Set to replace Lamizana is Wesley Witherspoon, a 24-year-old graduate of Memphis who has played for the Austin Toros, Rio Grande Vipers and Erie Bay Hawks in the NBA D-League over the last two years. The 6-foot-9 forward also tried out once for the San Antonio Spurs but was waived eventually.
Witherspoon tweeted last night, "ANYBODY KNOW THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN MOST IN THE PHILIPPINES?," a question that he'll soon find the answer to.
ANYBODY KNOW THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN MOST IN THE PHILIPPINES
ANYBODY KNOW THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN MOST IN THE PHILIPPINES— Wesley Witherspoon (@Spooooooon11) March 18, 2014
Witherspoon averaged 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 contests for the Hermine Nantes in the 2013-2014 EuroLeague. - Rappler.com