Manuel's thoughts after first PBA basket: Get back on defense

Jett's thoughts after first PBA basket: Get back on defense
Entering late in the third period and playing for most of the fourth quarter, Manuel ended up with eight points, one rebound, and two assists in the Ginebra win.

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone is not exactly known for playing his rookies right away.

The two-time Grand Slam champion coach is smart enough to know that the young guns need time to adjust in the PBA.

Still, Cone gives his players chances when he feels the time is right so when Jett Manuel got his Wednesday against KIA, the former UP captain made sure to make the most out of it.

Entering late in the third period and playing for most of the fourth quarter, Manuel ended up with eight points, one rebound, and two assists in the Ginebra win.

Not a bad debut really.

For him, it's just about being ready when called upon, especially since Cone has been digging deep in his bench the last coupe of games in order to find the right spark in the All-Filipino.

"Of course, I haven't been playing the past few games and as a player, I really want to play," Manuel said.

"But I'm a professional now so I just have to stay ready, that's my job, and just follow whatever coach Tim asks of me. If he plays me or not, that's not my decision. My job really is to stay ready," he added.

Being ready paid off for Manuel that's for sure. And the cherry on top of a good debut was he got some shots in much to the delight of the barangay.

After the first one though, Jett only had one thing in mind.

"Get back on defense," he said with a laugh.

"That's what coach Tim wants me to get a habit of, because he always tells me in practice that he's forming habits for me. So when I made that shot, I wasn't really thinking of anything spectacular. It's just that 'where's my man?'" Manuel added.

 


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