PJ Simon joins Pingris in Nueva Ecija as Charles Tiu teases one more addition

JR Isaga

STILL GOT IT. PJ Simon looks to prove he remains a potent offensive option.

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PJ Simon and Marc Pingris, both members of the famed 2014 Purefoods Grand Slam team, beef up the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards in the MPBL

The Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards further beefed up their roster for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Invitational Cup with the addition of PJ Simon, head coach Charles Tiu announced on Twitter on Thursday, November 25.

The “Scoring Apostle” is now set to join fellow Purefoods legend Marc Pingris, shortly after the latter announced his own stunning comeback to competitive basketball.

Despite these two big-name additions, Tiu teased that his team is not yet done adding players, and time will tell if the Vanguards can indeed follow up with another notable signing.

This is, after all, an MPBL franchise that previously landed star prospects Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, and Fil-Am guard Mikey Williams, who is now the reigning PBA Philippine Cup Finals MVP for the TNT Tropang Giga.

For now, Nueva Ecija will have plenty to work with from its veteran pool alone with the additions of Simon and Pingris, both members of the famed 2014 Purefoods Grand Slam team.

Simon, although already 41 years old, proved his skills aged like fine wine after lasting 16 seasons with the Hotshots. He announced his retirement just weeks before the PBA resumed its season in a bubble setup in September last year.

In his illustrious career, the Cotabato native earned eight PBA titles, eight All-Star appearances, one Mythical Second Team inclusion in 2014, and one PBA Three-Point Shootout Championship in 2019 at age 39. –