Filipino-American Mikhael McKinney is set to remain as one of centerpieces of the Macau Black Bears (formerly Chong Son Kung Fu) franchise in the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

The vertatile combo guard won the Heritage Import MVP Award last season after he averaged 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, per game, all while shooting an excellent 51 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc.

McKinney was regarded as one of the better defensive cogs during the past season, often tasked to play lockdown defense against the opponents best scorers. He also averaged more than two steals a game during the regular season, helping Kung Fu to a league-best 15-5 record.

“It feels good to be back. Running backcourt with Ant (Tucker) again is going to be fun.The chemistry that we already have is going to make getting with all of our new teammates a lot easier,” said McKinney through a text message exchange.

“We know what level we need to be at in order to play for the championship. I’m excited about the new city, I’ve heard good things about Macau and I’m ready for the upcoming season.”

The franchise has closed up shop in the laid-back city of Foshan in China to be the first ever professional sports team in one of the biggest entertainment hubs of Asia. The transfer to Macau will also usher in a new batch of local Macanese players that will be joining Tucker in the new-look team this upcoming season.

McKinney will rejoin running mate and reigning World Import MVP Anthony Tucker as they try to push the franchise to improve on their already impressive debut last season, even after losing Filipino-American forward Caelan Tiongson to the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.

The ninth season ASEAN Basketball League is set to return in November.

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