To prove that the team is really serious in contending for the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup title, the Blackwater Elite have brought back its former import Greg Smith in lieu of Staphon Blair who suffered a knee injury against TNT last July 7.
Smith, who suited up for the Elite in the same conference two seasons ago, was scheduled to arrive Monday according to team manager Pat Aquino. He was actually the first choice as Alex Stepheson’s replacement but was unavailable due to an ongoing commitment with a Puerto Rican ballclub.
The Elite are currently enjoying their best conference so far having finished as the 3rd seed in the elimination round and are set to face either Rain or Shine or San Miguel in a best-of-three quarterfinal series beginning Saturday, July 20.
Former Gilas coach Chot Reyes was so impressed with the 28-year old Smith that he was even considered to be the national team’s naturalized player although nothing concrete came out of it.
The 6-foot-10 Smith went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Rookie Draft but was still able to play in the big league. He suited up for 3 seasons for the Houston Rockets and also had stints with the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves.