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Santos wants Balkman back in PBA: ‘Everyone deserves a second chance’

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina READ: Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab importBalkman made headlines in 2013 when he strangled Santos during a PBA game that merited the Puerto Rican forward, who was the import of Petron back then, a lifetime ban in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it’s now water under the bridge now for Santos, reiterating that they had already made amends then. He also hopes that everyone would also forgive Balkman.“I’m over it long time ago. I even supported him to continue playing for us, but the PBA had already decided at that time. It’s nothing to me now. I’ve been through a lot and I know that we shouldn’t be holding any ill will towards anyone,” he said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFive years removed from the infamous choking incident, Arwind Santos wishes nothing but the best for his former teammate Renaldo Balkman in his stint with Tanduay Alab Pilipinas in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League.“We know how good Balkman is. I can’t say anything more because he’s really good ever since,” Santos said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “You can’t please everyone. It may be five years, 10 years, but some still can’t forget what happened. But I’m asking them to forgive him because he’s also a person who makes mistakes. He’s not a criminal and he’s still a good person.”So far, Balkman is making the most out of his opportunity, averaging 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in his first two games – both of which ending in victories – for Alab.READ: Balkman, Brownlee lead Alab to back to back winsSantos is expecting more from the former NBA veteran, saying that coach Jimmy Alapag has a gem in the 33-year-old workhorse.“He’s an NBA-caliber player and has a wealth of experience. He also played for the national team. So I think he can really help the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nat’l team vet Norwood can’t wait to see Gilas’ future in action As for Balkman’s possible return in the PBA, Santos said that he would gladly vouch for the lifetime ban to be lifted, except for one condition.“I’m fine with him returning, but I wish he’ll play for us. If it’s for the other team, I say no,” said the San Miguel forward with a big grin.“He’s really a good player. And everyone deserves a second chance and maybe, a third chance. It doesn’t mean that he’ll make the same mistake again. But if he does that again, that’s a different story.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

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