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Chambers, Hamilton to help TNT prep for Commissioner’s Cup

TNT is leaving no stones unturned as it prepares to make a big splash and compete for the championship when the PBA Season 48 opens on November 5 with the Commissioner's Cup.

Barangay Ginebra remains the solid favorite for the championship given its strong team chemistry and the return of six-time PBA champion and three-time Best Import Justin Brownlee.

Sean Chambers (left) and TNT coach Jojo Lastimosa PHOTO FROM CHAMBERS’ FB

TNT coach Jojo Lastimosa is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead, a reason why the team has brought in two familiar faces in Sean Chambers and Derrek Hamilton.

For PBA fans who have followed the Philippine pro league since the 1990s, Chambers name rings a bell, having led the fabled Alaska franchise to six titles during that decade, including the Grand Slam in 1996.

On the other hand, Hamilton is best remembered for his high-scoring ways, debuting in the PBA by scoring 77 points with Pepsi, and later, helped Alaska reach the 1995 Commissioner's Cup Finals, before bowing to Sunkist Orange, 4-2 in their title series.

“They will be here close to two weeks,” Lastimosa told the Manila Times, referring to Chambers and Hamilton, who will help prepare the TNT players.

With TNT preparing two tournaments, the Commissioner's Cup as well as the East Asia Super League Season 2, which already started last week, the Tropang Giga are busy reintegrating everyone back, including rookies like Henry Galinato and Kim Aurin.

(They'll do) everything, skills work, some new concepts from US, conditioning, etc.,” added Lastimosa.

The Tropang Giga are still banged up heading to the new season with big men Justin Chua and Poy Erram coming off knee surgery, while veteran gunner Roger Pogoy will be out for six months due to myocarditis.

TNT is also dealing with an internal issue with Filipino-American Mikey Williams, who is still in the US.

Lastimosa's charges opened the new EASL season with a 93-75 beating at the hands of the Chiba Jets in Japan.

TNT has yet to win a Commissioner's Cup championship since the 2011 season when the team had do-it-all import Paul Harris in tow.

The Tropang Giga reached the Finals of this same conference in 2017 and 2019, but both times, they lost to the San Miguel Beermen.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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