FORMER PBA star Joseph Yeo won’t be playing for the Manila Stars after all.
The Stars did not include the two-time PBA champion from the roster. The team submitted the line up at the last minute, fueling speculations that Manila was busy tinkering its line up until the final moment.
In the end, the Stars didn’t include Yeo, but made significant changes by bringing in former Valenzuela sniper Drian Celada.
Manila Stars owner Roman Ang, himself a personal friend of Yeo, told FOX Sports Philippines that it was a mutual decision not to include the ex-veteran PBA guard in the line up.
“It’s a mutual decision between the management and Joseph for him to step down as he needs to focus on his new poultry business, but he’s still be watching our games,” Ang wrote in an online interview.
Also dropped from the line up is 6-foot-4, former Barako Bull draftee Ken Acibar.
Taking over Yeo’s spot is Celada, an ex-pro who played for Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas in the ABL.
A 6-foot-3 swingman who made his mark as one of the top gunners last season, Celada will be the fifth ex-pro in the team after Roger Yap, Marcy Arellano, Riel Cervantes and forward Marvin Hayes.
Manila is also taking the risk of waiting for San Sebastian stalwart Michael Calisaan, a 6-foot-4 forward, who is still going to see action for the Stags in the coming NCAA season.
“He’ll be joining us at the end of the NCAA season,” added Roman.
Other players included in the roster were homegrowns Paolo Quiminales, Julius Manalo, Daniel Martinez, Almel Orquina, amateur standouts John Lopez and Chris Bitoon, Gayford Rodriguez, Maclean Sabellina, Jhygcruz Laude, Mark Neil Cruz, Aristotle Dionisio, Bernie Bregondo, Mannie Gabas, and former UP player Kyles Lao.