Renaldo Balkman reunites with former team San Miguel in PBA
MANILA, Philippines – Renaldo Balkman is officially back in the PBA.
According to Balkman's agent Sheryl Reyes, the Puerto Rican will be suiting up for his former team, San Miguel Beermen (formerly Petron Blazers), in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
This is it .. the much awaited comeback #confirmed the cat is out the bag Renaldo Balkman will be the next import of Smb .. he will be seen at practice tom #miraclesdohappen #journeybegins pic.twitter.com/PufumqiWzH— Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 15, 2018
SMB head coach Leo Austria hinted of an import change after the Beermen lost to Rain or Shine on Sunday, May 13, in Antipolo. Balkman will be replacing Troy Gillenwater who was ejected from the game during the second quarter.
In 2013, Balkman was banned from the PBA for choking teammate Arwind Santos after confronting the referees in frustration.
Santos and Balkman have already patched things up before the Puerto Rican left the Philippines. "Spiderman" Santos also expressed his desire to see Balkman back in the PBA, which paved the way for commissioner Willie Marcial to lift the ban.
After reinforcing San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in its campaign in the ASEAN Basketball league, Balkman helped the Philippine club clinch the championship in Game 5 of the best-of-five finals series. (READ: From choker to champion: Renaldo Balkman wins back Filipino hearts) – Rappler.com