PBA legend Jerry Codiñera, head coach of the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment, figured in memorable battles with fellow cage great Benjie Paras during their heydays in the PBA, but the two were long-time friends, having been teammates with the amateur-laden Philippine men’s basketball team in 1987.
It is no surprising though that Paras’ son, Andre, is practicing with the Bandera and likely to get a spot in the squad.
The 6-foot-5 cager who played for AMA University in the D-League and the NCRAA is attending practices of the team preparing for the coming MPBL season.
A highly-placed source from the Bandera’s camp told FOX Sports Philippines that only the younger Paras’ signature is awaited.
“Pirma na lang niya ang kulang,” said the source who requested anonymity.
The younger Paras will not only bring additional youth, size and athleticism to Imus, but will also provide high marketing value for the squad.
At a time when teams are now parading celebrity players like Gerald Anderson for Marikina and Xian Lim attending practices of Mandaluyong, Paras could become the latest baller from the entertainment industry to join the MPBL.