Kia import on softer calls: They're taking the fun out of the game
Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2017 08:25 PM
"When I was here in 2013, there was a lot of pushing and a lot of stuff going on. Now, they're taking the fun out of the game. We just have to adjust, and we're going to," --- Kia import Markeith Cummings who first saw action in the PBA four years ago for Globalport.
Markeith Cummings has returned to a new PBA.
After first seeing action in the league four years ago with the Globalport Batang Pier, Cummings is back in the PBA, this time reinforcing the Kia Picanto for the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
Asked to compare both stints, the calls being softer this time around is the one that stood out most for the veteran journeyman.
"They don't allow you to touch," Cummings said with a little chuckle.
"When I was here in 2013, there was a lot of pushing and a lot of stuff going on. Now, they're taking the fun out of the game. We just have to adjust, and we're going to," he added.
Averaging 28.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for Globalport four years ago, Cummings came in and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in his first game with the Picanto.
And while they lost to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, Cummings liked what he saw with the Kia squad.
“We fight ‘til the end. We just made a couple of mistakes on defense, our rotations, but that stuff comes with practice," he said.
"Now we kind of got a feel of how everyone plays, so it’s going to give us extra boost coming into the next game," Cummings added.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8