BLACKWATER has acquired a new import after sending Jameel McKay home even before he could see action in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The Elite have brought in Stephon Blair, a former University of Central Florida stalwart, to take over the spot of McKay, who hasn't suited up yet for the team when management decided to send him home.
Team officials claimed the 26-year-old McKay is not in playing shape and had been outplayed in practice most of the time by former UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
It didn’t take the team long to give McKay, who played for Phoenix in the same conference two years ago, the pink slip and fly in Blair here as soon as possible.
McKay was tapped to replace the ailing Alex Stepheson and arrived in the country two weeks ago.
With his papers still to be completed, McKay missed the Elite’s last game against NorthPort, which they lost by a blowout, 127-99.
Blair is 26 years old and played at UFC from 2012 to 16.
He was left out during the 2016 NBA draft and took his act to Belgium, Slovenia, and just recently in Portugal.
The Elite were hoping to bring in Stepheson back once his condition gets better in the US, only to be reminded they can no longer get his services this conference since the franchise already released him instead of just relegating the 6-foot-10 import in the injury/reserved list.
Alaska and Meralco employed the scheme when they put Chris Daniels and Gani Lawal in the injury/reserved list after each brought in a new set of import, only to reactive Daniels and Lawal later after replacement Nino Johnson and Jimmie Lee Taylor proved ineffective, respectively.
Since Stepheson left the team, the Elite lost two in a row to drop at solo fourth place with a 5-3 (win-loss) record.