INJURED Blackwater import Chris Charles said he’ll readily understand if the team would decide to replace him anytime in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 7-foot Charles sat out the Elite’s 92-70 rout at the hands of Barako Bull during their conference debut Wednesday due to a left hamstring injury he suffered a week ago.
In the absence of the former Villanova standout, Barako Bull counterpart Solomon Alabi dominated inside and finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds, highlighted with five block shots.
Charles said afterward he’ll not take things personally against Blackwater management if and when it decides to shop around for a possible replacement for him.
“Whatever’s best for the team. This is business. I understand. Of course, I want to be their (Elite) import this conference,” said Charles, who was back-to-back Asean Basketball League (ABL) Most Valuable Player prior to his coming over here after leading the Hi-Tech Bangkok to the championship late last year.
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said replacing Charles depends on management at this point, though the team will have to discuss its options in the next few days.
“Magmi-meeting pa kami with management, pero depende sa kanila if hahanap kami ng kapalit,” he said.
Charles was the first import to arrive in the country for the mid-season conference, arriving here as early as mid-December.
The towering import admitted since hurting his hamstring, he has been undergoing aggressive treatment regularly.
“It’s on my left leg, but hopefully, in the next couple of days, I’ll be better. I want to help my team because I feel I’m accountable when they lose,” he added
Blackwater returns to action this Sunday when it faces Talk ‘N Text in Binan, Laguna.