San Miguel Beermen replace Josh Boone with Kevin Jones

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Manila, Philippines- Josh Boone of the San Miguel Beermen goes up for a slam dunk against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel during the Commissioner's Cup held at Smart Center in Quezon City, northeast of Manila 09 March 2014. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)
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If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. This popular saying holds true in general but not if you’re a team chasing a PBA championship. After two games, the San Miguel Beermen are replacing their import and former NBA player Josh Boone with another former NBA player Kevin Jones.

Jones was actually on his way to the Philippines even before Boone played his debut game for the Beermen. He started working out while Boone played his second game against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings.

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After a so-so performance in his first game, Boone picked it up in his second outing in the PBA as he led the Beermen with 32 points and 21 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. He made 13 of his 19 field goal attempts and grabbed nine offensive rebounds.

The San Miguel Beer coaches were non-committal in answering questions about the impending import change but they didn’t hold themselves back from saying that Boone was a true professional for still playing hard under the circumstances.

Chris Ross, the team’s starting point guard, was one of the first to break the news on Twitter.

Back in the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the same franchise cut Nick Fazekas even if he was posting gaudy numbers all around.

“Well Petroniverse, I wanna thank y’all for all the love but my time is up. Good luck to the team the rest of the way,” Fazekas posted on his Twitter account. “I got cut. 31 and 20 weren’t good enough for these guys.” 

The difference in this case was that the numbers of Fazekas failed to translate into wins. Petron replaced him with Will McDonald who became popular after slamming the ball of Mick Pennisi’s head: the footage went viral worldwide. The Boosters bowed out in the elimination round for that conference.

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Boone continued to be a true professional on Twitter as he even wished his replacement good luck.

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