It's Johnson, Not Jackson

On: 27 February 2009

Anthony Johnson with Omolon and Mendoza

There has been a lot of confusion lately among the Sta. Lucia Realtors fans on who really will be their team's import in the coming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)-Motolite Fiesta Conference that starts on 28 February 2009 in Dumaguete City.

Boyet Fernandez, head coach of the 2008 Philippine Cup champion Sta. Lucia Realtors, confirmed 6'6" import Anthony Johnson arrived in Manila last 22 February 2009 to replace their first choice Arthur James Jackson.

"Jackson has the talent but he will not fit in our system," said Fernandez, who is hoping Johnson would fit the team.

Johnson, who averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds two years ago in five games of the Fiesta Conference for Coca-Cola, is already familiar with the playing system of Sta. Lucia. He played for the Realtors two years ago in the Brunei Cup.

Johnson was described as a slim but athletic and quick import. He can easily beat his man off the dribble but his finishing around the basket can sometimes get shaky because of his lean frame. In his previous stint in the PBA, he is shooting over 35 percent from threes makes him a double threat.

The problem is that Johnson is not really a post-up player and with the obvious need for a dominant inside presence to help Dennis Espino, the Realtors might feel the pinch of his lack of strength underneath the boards come the big games.

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