Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (PBA) Lakan Cup on Wednesday saw take part multiple PBA champion Nic Belasco, who retired playing pro basketball 5 years ago on the opening-day roster of the Pasig club.
The former San Miguel Beer forward was acknowledged eligible to play by the office of the MPBL commissioner under the “Fil-American” category for the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors (formerly known as the Pasig Pirates).
Belasco is an 8-time PBA champion who played for San Miguel, Sunkist and Alaska, among others.
“I’ve always wanted to play,” Belasco stated after his height was measured by league staff. “And they needed a big man with experience so I decided to join the team.”
Past his playing days with the PBA, Belasco worked as a deputy coach for the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
Belasco stated he wants to bring leadership and experience to Pasig, which recently underwent a change in management with the entry of Sta. Lucia as its backer.
“I’ve always wanted to share my experience and teach the young guys,” noted the PBA vet.
Belasco joins the long list of former PBA players who discovered a career in the MPBL, including Marlou Aquino, Mac Mac Cardona, Gary David, Jondan Salvador and Jayjay Helterbrand.