Ginebra’s savior Josh Powell set to arrive in time against Meralco

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Barangay Ginebra desperately needs an import in time for Wednesday’s game against Meralco in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup.

And Ginebra’s prayers were answered as Josh Powell should make it in time on Wednesday barring any last-minute hitches.

According to sources, Powell is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday morning, which should give him just enough time to get to know his teammates and run through some plays ahead of his PBA debut.
The two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers is scheduled to board a Philippine Airlines flight from Los Angeles on Sunday evening (Monday, Manila time) and arrive early Tuesday morning.

Information reaching bared the Kings will have their usual 9 a.m. practice on Monday before they switch to an afternoon schedule on Tuesday to accommodate Powell.

Powell’s the Savior?

Powell, though, will have his hands full once he arrives, as he will be counted upon to be the ‘savior’ of a Ginebra team that had struggled to a 2-4 (win-loss) record with misfiring import Leon Rodgers in the short elimination round of the mid-season conference.

The former North Carolina State Wolfpack will also be up against a highly touted import in Darnell Jackson, who will also be making his debut for Meralco on Wednesday. Jackson is also an NBA veteran like Powell.

Powell, at least, should be in shape when he arrives as he is coming off an impressive stint with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, where according to internet reports he received a monthly salary of US$80,000 a month excluding bonuses.

The maximum salary for PBA imports is US$20,000 a month.

Curiously, Ginebra management has made no official announcement as far as its import situation is concerned while Powell’s Twitter account (@JP21Reasons) has been silent for the last 37 hours.

Aside from catching up with Ginebra’s plays, Powell should have a very hectic Tuesday as he will also attend to the application of his immigration clearance, Games and Amusement Board license and he will also be required to be measured at the PBA office – all on the same day.

The six-year NBA veteran is listed at 6-9 in the US and should be an inch or two shorter when he is measured by the league. 

Ginebra has an import height limit of 6-9.

With the arrival of Powell to Ginebra, the Gin Kings might finally find the missing energy as what the enigmatic Powell can offer them.

Powell was known as  a good offensive rebounder and a workhorse inside intimidator in the NBA.

— with reports from

Ed Umbao

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