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McCullough wants to return for SMB after winning first pro title


San Miguel import Chris McCullough has always felt the love from the Filipino fans during his short stay in the country. And now that the job is done after leading the Beermen to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title, the former NBA player hopes that he could come back and play for San Miguel again.

“I wanna play, man. If I get naturalized, I wanna play. It’s an opportunity for me, so I’d love to play,” he said about the prospect of him playing in Gilas Pilipinas

“Hopefully, I’ll be back in the NBA next year. If not, I’ll be back at San Miguel.”

McCullough arrived in the Philippines last July to replace Charles Rhodes.

He had just suffered a two-game semis sweep in Puerto Rican league Baloncesto Superior Nacional before heading to the Philippines.

And San Miguel hoped that the 24-year-old could turn around their conference, as the Beermen were in dire straits with a 2-5 record.

The 6-foot-9 forward indeed turned things around for the Beermen, leading the squad to the seventh seed.

From there, San Miguel stunned second-seed Northport before eliminating Rain or Shine in the semis. Then in the Finals, they took down the Terrence Jones-led TNT in six grueling games.

“Besides high school, this is my first time. This is my first pro championship,” said the product of IMG Academy.