Joshua Smith's heart of a champion inspires Castro and TNT

Paul Lintag on Jun 20, 2017 05:22 PM
Joshua Smith's heart of a champion inspires Castro and TNT
"Siya mismo nagsa-sabi na kaya niyang maglaro. Para marinig yun as a local, yung motivation namin tumataas, kasi yun nga gusto niya ring mag-champion eh." --- Jayson Castro on Joshua Smith.

TNT head coach Nash Racela lauded import Joshua Smith for showing his heart of a champion last week.

The rookie mentor said that just after the KaTropa finished off Brgy. Ginebra in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. Smith, who hurt himself in the previous game, willed himself into playing for TNT.

He scored 18 points as the KaTropa advance to the PBA Finals for the first time in two years, winning the series against the Gin Kings, 3-1.

Now in the Finals, Smith is yet to be 100 percent as he deals with torn ligaments on his toes. However, the 6'10", 300-pound import appears to be healthy enough to play.

And he's going to. The only situation where he's not is if TNT decides to actually replace him.

His enduring determination has caught the attention of TNT ace Jayson Castro, giving the Blur more than enough motivation to take down the powerhouse known as San Miguel Beer.

"Siya mismo nagsa-sabi na kaya niyang maglaro," Castro said of his import.

"Para marinig yun as a local, yung motivation namin tumataas, kasi yun nga gusto niya ring mag-champion eh," the Blur added.

Winning a title has been the only thing that fuels Smith in his first stint in the PBA. In order to get that ring, he's ready to go through injury and the Beermen. 

"I came over here with one goal, to help TNT win the championship," Smith said.

"We're going up against a really good team, I just hope it's a great series," he added.

 

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