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Kelly Williams defers from retirement, re-signs with TNT

Kelly Williams will be making a return to the Tropang Giga just six months from initial retirement. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Barely six months after announcing his retirement, Kelly Williams 'unretires' from basketball.

TNT confirmed on Thursday that the 39-year-old forward is returning to the team for another two years, giving returning head coach Chot Reyes another solid veteran to backstop the club for the upcoming PBA season.

“We would like to welcome Kelly back to TNT Tropang GIGA. His leadership and experience will help us achieve success in the upcoming conference,” said Team Manager Gabby Cui.

TNT Governor Ricky Vargas added, “Welcome home Kelly, great to have you back. Cheers.”

Prior to his short retirement, Williams, the first overall pick of the 2006 PBA Draft, played his last 10 seasons with the Tropang Giga.

Starting his career as a high-flyer, Williams eventually became a defensive anchor especially for TNT, helping the team capture five PBA titles.

He was seen practicing with the Tropang Giga earlier in the day at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Quezon City.

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