PBA fans mock Purefoods import 'height loss'

Some fans of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) laughed at the apparent shrinking of Purefoods Star Hotshots import Denzel Bowles.

Bowles, who led the team to the 2012 Commissioner's Cup championship, replaced Daniel Orton, the controversial import who got fined P250,000 after calling KIA playing-coach Manny Pacquiao "a joke" and accused league officials of making a "mockery of the game."

Yahoo! Sports Philippines reported that the returning import was "originally measured by the PBA office at 6-10 and ½."

When Bowles was measured again Saturday afternoon in the presence of representatives from NLEX, Talk 'N Text, Alaska, and Rain or Shine, "he was officially tabbed at 6-foot-8 and 13/16."

Bowles, a two-time Purefoods import, made the 6-foot-9 PBA height limit and was cleared to play for the team. The news about the decrease in the import's height quickly sparked funny comments from basketball fans.

A certain Evaulio asked: "6"10 dati, 6"8 na lang ngayon? Pati ba naman sa height may dadag-bawas pa din? Hello garci."

One James said: "There's so much fun in the PBA...like shrinking of a player hikhik."

A commenter using Jerem as handle added: "If he was originally measured by the PBA office at 6'-10.5" before, that means he is officially 6'-10.5" tall. Why would they even do that - to remeasure him? What blatant cheating that is. Akala ko sa ligang pam-barangay lang ang gawaing pandarayang ganyan. I'm beginning to believe Orton that PBA is a joke. Haha!!! How do you explain Bowles' sudden shrinking commish?"

That was a valid question the PBA needs to answer.