Different origins, same sad ending for Ken and Maurice?

Ken Holmqvist was drafted by Brgy. Ginebra with the 12th overall pick in the PBA Season 46 draft. Unfortunately for the 27-year old Fil-Norwegian, he was never given a chance to showcase his skills and was eventually relegated to the 3×3 squad.

The reported transfer, however, did not materialize as Holmqvist was nowhere to be found on the 3×3 side.

Currently, he is neither on the 5×5 nor 3×3 lineups of the crowd darlings. No word from management with regards to his status. Even Coach Tim Cone, who once referred to Holmqvist as a cross between Joe Devance and NBA superstar Nikola Jokic, is keeping mum.

Maurice Shaw, on the other hand, was taken by the Blackwater Bossing with the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 PBA draft. Just like Holmqvist, the 37-year old Fil-Am was never given significant minutes during his rookie season.

He was eventually sent to NLEX as part of a three-team, multi-player deal which also involved TNT. The former Harlem Globetrotter didn’t see action for the Yeng Guiao-mentored squad and ultimately reached a buyout deal which paved the way for his signing with the Gin Kings.

The SMC-owned ballclub originally wanted the 6-foot-9 big man for its 3×3 team. The plan, however, never became a reality as Shaw was elevated to the 5×5 team prior to the league resumption last February 11.

The moving up period, however, was short-lived as Shaw was eventually dropped from the active roster to make room for Aljon Mariano. The move was seemingly done in preparation for the quarterfinal tiff with the Tropang Giga who hold a twice-to-beat advantage over the defending champions.

And so, the tales of the two Fil-foreign giants have come to an end. It is somehow an unhappy one as both were never given a fair chance to prove their worth on the playing field.

And with that, the list of unfortunate souls in the barangay continue to grow.

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