STANLEY Pringle is set to return for defending champion Indonesia after the Warriors re-activated him in their Asean Basketball League (ABL) roster.
Indonesia coach Todd Purves said in an interview with FOX Sports Asia the talented Fil-American guard could be ready as early as their April 24 game against the Saigon Heat.
"Moving forward with Stanley Pringle will be a process,” Purves told FOX Sports Asia reporter Marcus Chan. “There isn't any pressure on Stan other than to go out and enjoy playing with his teammates.”
Pringle has not played this season after sustaining an MCL injury prior to the opening of the Warriors' campaign for a back-to-back ABL championship.
The return of Pringle is expected to be a major boost for Indonesia, which has slipped to second place behind league-leader San Miguel Beer in the regional league.
Pringle, a former Penn State guard, was acquired by the Warriors midway through last season and led the team to the title against the Beermen.
With Pringle’s activation, Richard Smith, another Fil-American, has been released owing to the ABL rule limiting teams to only three imports from Asean countries. John Smith and Jerick Canada are the two other Asean imports of the Warriors.
John Smith, a replacement for Pringle, has been retained owing to his stellar play with the Warriors.