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No ‘Balkmania’ as Charles Rhodes set for San Miguel return


Miles Morales

Renaldo Balkman will have wait for his turn as Charles Rhodes is set to reinforce the San Miguel Beermen in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The 6-foot-10 slotman made the announcement via Instagram, Wednesday morning.

The second conference is expected to start mid-May.

Rhodes took local fame by helping the Beermen snag the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup championship. It was also his first-ever taste of a title in his career as a pro basketball player.

The native of Galveston, Texas averaged 28.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game during that season on top of being named as the Best Import of the tournament.

Rhodes was expected to suit up for SMB in 2018, but San Miguel opted to go with Balkman. They lost their hold of the throne that time to Justin Brownlee and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Rhodes is coming off a stint with Incheon ET Land Elephants in the Korean Basketball League, where they recently lost to Ricardo Ratliffe’s Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus in the Finals.