Right after the medal ceremony of the men’s basketball tournament at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur where they won the silver medal, Indonesian National Team captain Mario Wuysang hinted at a surprise potential entry by the CLS Knights Surabaya into the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League season.
According to a report by Mainbasket, CLS Knights’ managing partner Christopher Tanuwidjaja confirmed the team’s exit from Indonesian Basketball League (IBL), adding the Knights’ senior team is likely to be disbanded.
The Surabaya-based team had also just participated in the recently concluded tournaments like the Eagle Cup in Medan and the Mayor’s Cup of Surabaya, and reports out of Indonesia still suggested that the ASEAN Basketball League is not in the CLS Knights radar yet.
“I’ve played my last game in the Indonesian league, but I’ll see you guys again really soon,” Wuysang would go on to say accompanied with a big smile on his face and a newly minted silver medal around his neck.
He also noted that he would continue playing for “his team” and when prodded, said that “yes, it will be in the ABL,” which may all but confirms the Surabaya-based team’s participation in the upcoming season barring any further complications arising from the IBL’s reported refusal to issue the CLS Knights their release papers.
There had also been some rumors going around that Satria Muda Pertamina-Jakarta, a former ASEAN Basketball League team that Wuysang had played for and also a former champion team of IBL might make their comeback to the ABL which gained even more steam when SMP-Jakarta was confirmed to be one of the participants in this year’s Merlion Cup in Singapore, but the chances of them moving are far less likely than CLS.
The 38-year old floor general has become a very popular figure among ASEAN Basketball fans outside Indonesia since the early days of the ASEAN Basketball League and is considered one of the legends in the region since winning the 2011 Championship with the Indonesia Warriors to go along with two silver medals from the Southeast Asian Games for his nation.