With the ASEAN Basketball League entering the toughest stretch of the season, the teams are starting to load up.
However, one team suffered a huge blow in its campaign as the Formosa Dreamers lost Filipino-Canadian James Forrester for the season due to a season-ending injury.
Forrester, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, completely tore his right Achilles tendon during the team’s practice last December 2.
The 28-year-old only played in two games for the Dreamers, finishing with seven points and two rebounds in a 73-94 loss to the CLS Knights before tallying 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block in a 59-86 defeat to Chongson Kung Fu.
It usually takes six to eight months to recover from this type of injury. According to the Manila Times, Forrester is rehabilitating in Toronto, Canada.
Formosa is currently 1-4 in the standings.
On the other hand, the Saigon Heat beefed up its roster by adding 26-year-old Filipino-American Michael Williams to its roster, according to the league’s official website.
The addition of Williams comes in the wake of David Arnold’s reclassification from Heritage Import to local after acquiring his citizenship.
Williams, who stands at 6-foot-2, played in the NBA G-League. He averaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists with the Canton Charge.
The Filipino-American guard averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in his collegiate career that saw him spend his first three years in University of San Francisco before transferring to Cal State Fullerton.
Williams will make his debut on Saturday, January 6 when the Heat host the Formosa Dreamers.