SHANE Edwards is excited to play for Barangay Ginebra even just on a temporary basis at the end of his stint with the CLS Knights Indonesia in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
Edwards confirmed he will be suiting up for the Kings in the PBA Commissioner's Cup while the team's resident import, Justn Brownlee, wraps up his stint with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ABL playoffs.
The PBA Commissioner’s Cup will open on April 21.
“It is true. I will be here as a replacement for Brownlee until he comes back,” said Edwards on Sunday following CLS Knights’ final game of the season against Alab Pilipinas in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The CLS Knights failed to make the playoffs.
Edwards is no stranger to the PBA, having played for Alaska in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup where he was also a stand-in for the then-injured Rob Dozier.
“It’s good to be back. It’s a very good league coming up. I’m excited to be back,” said Edwards.
Edwards, who once played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, said he doesn’t mind being a stand-in import, especially with a popular and high-profile organization like Ginebra.
“Yeah, especially in a program like this. Ginebra is really big, really good program, really good organization. I’m super excited. I can’t wait to get here and get ready to work,” he said.
Edwards, 30, actually got a preview of what to expect from Ginebra fans on Sunday during CLS’ match against Alab Pilipinas when a very small section of the crowd inside the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex did a 'Gi-ne-bra' chant following a dunk.
“They’ve got some of the best fans around the world. It will definitely be a great experience to come play in front of the spectacular crowd. It will be exciting,” said Edwards, who is listed at 6-foot-7.
CLS Knights ended its maiden campaign in the ABL with a 5-15 record, with Edwards doing his best to revive the team after taking over late in the season.
Still, Edwards said it was a learning experience not just for the team but for him personally.
“It was a tough season obviously, but we learned from the experience. Hopefully, we can get better next year and take away something positive from it,” said Edwards.