PBA: Wayne Chism relying on Paul Lee to help adjustment with Magnolia
Santino Honasan on Jul 04, 2018 10:36 PM
Wayne Chism and Paul Lee have reunited in Magnolia.
Wayne Chism made his 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, helping the Magnolia Hotshots to a 116-89 win over his former team NLEX.
Chism made an immediate impact as he filled the statsheets with an all-around impressive performance highlighted by 27 points and eight rebounds to help the Hotshots to a 5-5 record.
It was a welcome sign for the Hotshots, as they welcome already their fourth import in this conference alone, after Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, and Justin Jackson.
Now, as the eighth-seeded Hotshots try to make a push for the postseason, Chism hopes to fit in just quickly, and he's counting on a longtime teammate in Paul Lee to help with the adjustments.
"That's very easy, 'cause me and Paul have been together, we've been together for three, not together for one of 'em, so it was great to be back out there with Paul to teach me more things about the other guys and about this organization and how to play with these guys."
Chism and Lee played together in Rain or Shine for two conferences back in 2014-2016. Lee was traded to Star/Magnolia in 2016.
Now, the 6-foot-9 Tennessee native hopes to be able to recreate the success that he and Lee had during Rain or Shine's Commissioner's Cup Finals run back in 2015.
"I'm here to help the team win and build confidence with the team and help them get their confidence back." Chism said.
Talking about his predecessors, Chism says that he can't say anything bad about the imports that came before him during the conference.
"I can't [talk down about] the other imports because they did a good job while they was here. It's just, with the coaching staff, it didn't work out."
Chism maintains that he has one job with Magnolia, and that's to help.
"I'm here to help the guys, not to take over anything from them or take anything from 'em, just like today's game, the game was very very fast, everybody was moving the ball, everybody was touching and scoring the ball, so that shows the team is getting back the chemistry that they used to have."
Magnolia will have a shot at securing a spot in the post season when they take on Magnolia on Saturday, July 7th at the Araneta Coliseum.