Mbenga asking for ‘too much’ says Trillo; San Mig Coffee only wants Bowles


In this June 4, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers center DJ Mbenga (28) of the Democratic Republic of Congo runs down court against the Orlando Magic during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. AP

MANILA, Philippines — Former Los Angeles Laker D.J. Mbenga could don an Alaska jersey in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup — but only if he agrees to accept the Aces’ offer.

Coach Luigi Trillo, who remained upbeat despite his squad’s exit in the semifinals against Talk N’ Text Friday night, hopes he could bring the 32-year-old Belgian center here in the Philippines to help Alaska.

The seven-foot center Mbenga was part of the Lakers back-to-back title haul, and Alaska could certainly use his presence inside.

The only problem is, they’re far apart when it comes to Mbenga’s asking price.

“We want D.J. Mbenga, but he’s asking for too much,” said Trillo in an interview following the 78-83 setback. “We already gave him an offer sheet. We hope he could accept it.”

Trillo, though, already has other names in mind that could be Alaska’s reinforcement next conference, saying, “we want someone who wants to be here.”

Meanwhile, If they couldn’t get that All-Filipino Cup trophy, then San Mig Coffee would do all it takes to defend their title in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

And it begins with the unrelenting quest to make sure they get Denzel Bowles back in tow.

The Mixers’ head coach Tim Cone said on Thursday they were still trying to sort out Bowles’ contract as he recently suited up in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Cone, though, revealed that they are not looking at other options because the 2011-2012 Commissioner’s Cup Best Import is the only one they want.

The unlimited height conference kicks off on February — barely a month after the PBA Philippine Cup champion has been decided.

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  • paul

    dj could have become of the the ugliest imports to ever played in the philippine soil…sayang….

  • Andre

    siguro kelangan na iopen yung pba sa mga foreign players para maexpose yung mga gustong maging pro players sa mas mataas na level ng basketball. if you dont have any team to root for in the pba tapos manood ka, iisipin mong mga weakling yung naglalaro. its time to liberalize the pba rules, napakaluma na yan sa panahon ngayon di na uso citizenship in sports.

  • Nikko Matsing

    Maybe the level of basketball in our country isn’t yet at par with the NBA, but calling it pitiful is way too much. 

    • indiosbravos2002

      I guess thats just how I see the professional basketball here in the country. The golden age of RP basketball had passed and it has been on a downward spiral since the late 90s.

  • indiosbravos2002

    This just shows how pitiful is the level of basketball competitiveness in the country. Mbenga Is a bench warner who never played more than 10 minutes in an NBA game. Tapos import dito.

    • I Love This game

      Never played more than 10 minutes in an NBA game?

      You DON’T KNOW what your talking about…. :)

      • indiosbravos2002

        My bad. He did get his minutes when the BIGS of the lakers got injured. He got let go eventually by management and that does not equate to a good player.

      • matt

        If he is a good player i’m sure he is still in NBA. but he is always in a garbage minutes.

    • Ralph David So

      On the contrary, we can say that we are getting competitive since back in the day, legitimate nba players never suited up for our local teams as imports. 

    • paul

      no, it goes to show how youre pitiful and stupid at the same time. Nasa kweba ka ba nakatira?  You are a legit ignoy my friend…

  • indiosbravos2002

    May topak mga NBA players. Just look at those who played at China during the lockout.

    • Flavio

      Hindi kaya ikaw ang may topak ????

      • indiosbravos2002

        Sure ko ako hindi. Pero ikaw na troll…. Sigurado. Flavio-job mo na si Mbenga. Hahaha.

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