SEAN Chambers, one of the greatest imports to have played in the Philippines, is in the country for another visit to join the celebration of Alaska’s 30th anniversary in the PBA.
A former best import awardee and one of only two imports to win the 100 Percent Performance award, Chambers has visited the country in the past, but this year comes at a special time with Alaska celebrating its third decade in the PBA.
An Alaska team official confirmed the current Aces squad had a dinner on Tuesday night together with Alaska owner Wilfred Uytengsu, Alaska legends that included Chambers, and their families.
Alaska started in the PBA in 1986 and even carried the colors of Hills Brothers for a brief time. The Aces had a memorable run in 1996 when they became the third team in PBA history to win the Grand Slam.
Incidentally, the 6-foot-1 Chambers, who began playing for the Aces in 1991, helped the squad win the Commissioner’s Cup — despite facing taller imports — and the Governors’ Cup crown in 1996.
The visit of Chambers, who is now based in California, attracted a lot of attention on his Facebook page with fans very glad to see the amiable PBA best import in town.
Chambers even shared a story about a visit to a sports store and a funny encounter with two fans, one of whom apparently had no idea who the Alaska great was, or that the American can understand tagalog.
Here’s the story posted on his Facebook.
My first day in Manila, so this is how it goes at Adidas store with interaction between an older gentleman and a young Adidas employee working at the store. I will translate into english as both guys were talking in Tagalog.
Old Guy (OG): Seen Chombers (Sean Chambers) sir, if it's not too much to bother you may I please have a picture
Young Guy (YG): while holding OG phone to taking several. ask who is he? You so happy to take pic.
OG: that is Seen Chombers
YG: who's Seen Chombers? I never heard of him.
OG: Alaska import, Best import of all time
YG: I don't know him, what team did you say?
OG: Alaska Aces, Mr 1000%, Grand slam, best import and many championships for Alaska.
YG: I never seen him play how does he compare to other imports? Can he beat imports now?
OG: The younger imports today do not compare to Seen Chombers. Seen Chombers is a legend and loved by Pinoys ever where.
YG: he is big and a little fat, he must be old now. I don't know him. Are you sure he was a good player?
OG: For sure my friend , Seen Chombers is best import of all time. MR 100%, many championships. True Legend
YG: Ok, if you say so. I will look him up today.
Seen Chombers: as I'm about to walk out the store, I turn to OG and say, 'maraming salamat po pare, Wala pa rin tatalo sa Alaska.'
English translation (many thank to you my friend, nobody can beat Alaska with Seen Chombers ) lol.
YG: is now completely embarrassed and his face turned completely red, as he now knows, I understood everything they were talking about.
I love this place!!