PBA: How Blackwater’s Krutwig Embraced Pinoy Culture
Cameron Krutwig’s first stint in Asia as an import is more than basketball.
Along with helping the Blackwater Bossing in their quest for another playoff run, the Loyola Chicago stalwart, who led the Ramblers to an upset victory over top-seeded Illinois in the USA Tournament NCAA last year began to embrace more Filipino culture.
“I have no idea about Filipino basketball,” Krutwig told ABS-CBN News. “I did some research. I know it’s the oldest (professional basketball) league in Asia. I did some research, I watched some of the games from the last All-Filipino Cup, but I don’t know much about it.
“Coach (Ariel Vanguardia) hit my agent up a bit and put me in touch, so I weighed the options a bit and thought it was a good idea to come here.”
Built with a 255-pound body and 6ft 9in tall, Krutwig will bolster the Bossing in the upcoming Commissioners Cup and the Belgian League veteran immediately hit it off with his new teammates.
“I think there are a lot of guard players, sneaky guards, shooters,” Krutwig added. “A lot of good cutters. We have a lot of guys who like to cut and move. I like to play with guys who like to cut and move and can finish.
“We’re running some good stuff and we’ve got a few shooters and that complements my style quite well.”
For Krutwig, one of the reasons he decided to come to the Philippines was the Filipinos’ passion for gambling.
“I know basketball is a big deal here,” he added. “That’s why I decided to come here because basketball means a lot to people here. There’s a big fandom around.
But there’s more to basketball that made Krutwig fall in love with the Philippines.
“The guys (my teammates) were great. I’ve only been here three weeks and I’m slowly getting to know the guys, slowly building chemistry with them,” he added. ” It was great. We had guys who had birthdays recently and they bought us food. Its been good.
“I will try anything once (Filipino food). I will try anything once. I ordered and I like seafood very much, there is a lot of good seafood here, crab, shrimp, lobsters. That’s another thing, everyone knows where to go and we have a lot of coaches and staff going here and there. I have a lot of places to try.