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    Why Chris McCullough declined SMB return offer for now

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    Jan 28, 2023
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    Chris McCullough led San Miguel to the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup crown.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CHRIS McCullough believes he isn’t in shape yet to return and play as import for San Miguel in the East Asia Super League (EASL) Champions Week.

    Chris McCullough on postponed SMB return

    “I need to make sure I’m okay and in right shape,” said the 27-year-old former NBA player as he answered some of the questions by the fans on the reason why his supposed reunion with the Beermen didn’t push through.

    San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla said the team tried to recruit McCullough as the other import the Beermen will be utilizing for their campaign in the EASL on March 1-5 in Japan.

    But McCullough is unsure whether he’ll already be good enough to play again almost a month from now given that he’s still recovering from the ACL operation done to him last March.

    The import confirmed Abanilla’s words.

    “Not rushing. I have a long career left,” he said on his Twitter account. “I’m just thinking long term, take my time coming back. Way much basketball than four games in one week.”


    San Miguel is slated to play two games in the Champions Week group stage as the Beermen face Carl Tamayo and the Ryukyu Golden Kings on March 2 in Utsunomiya, and then travel to Okinawa to take on Renz Abando and Anyang KGC on March 4.

    Depending on their group stage finish, the Beermen could either fight for third place or the finals on March 5.


      McCullough was San Miguel import when it won the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup at the expense of Terrence Jones and the TNT Tropang Giga.

      Unfortunately, he went down with an ACL injury while playing for the Taoyuan Pilots in the P.League+ last year.

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      Chris McCullough led San Miguel to the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup crown.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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