DESPITE a hot 2-0 start, GlobalPort has parted ways with seven-foot American import Patrick O’Bryant, citing the former Golden State Warriors slotman’s “inability to fit in the team’s system."
Taking the spot of O’Bryant is former Air21 import Steve Thomas, who will be playing in GlobalPort’s next two games, before giving way to the 6-foot-11 Jarrid Famous.
“Despite Patrick’s well-executed plays that brought GlobalPort to a 2-0 start, he (O’Bryant) does not fit in the team’s system and intensity of play,” said GlobalPort in an official statement released to media outlets on Monday.
“We are appreciative of Patrick’s contribution thus far, but a long-term vision for the betterment of the team takes precedence.”
The 28-year-old O’Bryant, the Warriors’ ninth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, averaged 13.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in GlobalPort’s victories over Meralco (92-73) and Blackwater (100-76) during the first week of the conference.
Meantime, Thomas, best remembered for leading Air21 to a runner-up finish in the 2008 Fiesta Conference, played a key role in Hi-Tech Bangkok’s title run in the 2014-15 Asean Basketball League last November.
The 33-year-old Thomas averaged 13.3 points and 13.8 rebounds for Hi-Tech.
The Middle Tennessee State standout will debut on Tuesday against defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots and will likely play his last game on Sunday against San Miguel Beer before ceding the slot to Famous.
Famous, who had a brief stint with the Meralco Bolts during the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup, is coming off an impressive stint with the Texas Legends in the 2015 NBA D-League season where he posted averages of 18.1 points and 14.4 rebounds in 17 games.