FORMER PBA import Lester Prosper supports the decision of NLEX star Kiefer Ravena to take his act overseas after signing with the Shiga Lakestars in the Japan B.League.
Prosper, who played for Columbian as reinforcement in the PBA and for San Miguel in the East Asia Super League, said Ravena’s move is an opportunity for Filipinos to flourish on a different level of basketball overseas.
Prosper also hopes that career moves such as that of the Ravena brothers Kiefer and Thirdy would not be restricted.
“This is an opportunity to have two elite and hardworking guys representing on another stage in Asia showing what Filipinos are made of,” said Prosper in a comment on an Instagram post by SPIN in relation to Ravena’s move to Japan.
“Let’s not restrict our young brothers from flourishing,” added Prosper, who will play for Indonesia as a naturalized player in Fiba competitions.
The Lakestars on Wednesday announced that they have signed Ravena for the 2021-2022 season. Kiefer follows younger brother Thirdy, who has signed a multiyear deal with San-En Neophoenix after his stint in the just-concluded season.
The PBA, however, said the development could be tantamount to a breach in the Uniform Players Contract (UPC) between the league, NLEX, and Ravena.
The Road Warriors have appeared to give Ravena their blessing to play in Japan based on separate statements by Ravena and the team.
Prosper, an Old Westbury product, said the developments pave the way for other Filipino players to earn a living.
“Also this creates another lane for other ballers and the younger Filipinos to be able to take care of their family,” said Prosper.
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