PBA: Wayne Chism enjoyed his short-lived PBA return
Santino Honasan on Jul 10, 2018 11:34 PM
“I enjoyed this challenge. It was the best challenge I ever had, to come for three games and actually help the team make the playoffs and try to advance in the playoffs, It was a great time for me.”
Magnolia import Wayne Chism played a total of three games in his most recent run in the PBA.
Coming in as the fourth import to suit up for Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Chism helped the playoff-chasing Hotshots to clinch the seventh seed, locking up a spot in the postseason with back-to-back wins over NLEX and defending champions San Miguel.
Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum however, the Alaska Aces and their twice-to-beat advantage booted out the Hotshots in just one game, thus ending Chism’s run with Magnolia.
It also put an end to Magnolia’s streak of semifinals appearances dating back to he 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
And while it was pretty short lived, Chism says he enjoyed his Commissioner’s Cup experience, especially the challenge of helping the Hotshots to a playoff berth.
“I enjoyed this challenge. It was the best challenge I ever had, to come for three games and actually help the team make the playoffs and try to advance in the playoffs, It was a great time for me.” Chism said, with a smile on his face. “I really enjoyed the pressure I was under to get the two wins, actually three, but we fell short today and I'm happy they gave me the opportunity.”
In his final game with Magnolia, Chism put up 20 points and 15 rebounds.
All conference long, Magnolia found themselves shuffling through imports, with Vernon Macklin, Curtis Kelly, and Justin Jackson all coming, and all leaving, before ending the season with the 2015 PBA Best Import.
Obviously, all that import-switching didn’t help the Hotshots’ chemistry.
Had Chism been tapped earlier on in the season, could it have made a difference? The six-foot-nine Tennessee native thinks so.
“If I came early, there's no telling what the outcome could be. The outcome could be, we could have won. I feel like if I could have come early, we probably would have better chemistry and the team could have flowed better.”
“But I came here with the coaching staff and the bosses wanting me here and I can't argue with that and I came in and I did what I was supposed to do.”
So what’s next for Wayne Chism? He says he’s got a Bahrain stint waiting for him.
“I'm going to play again, my season's not over with. I'm going to take a week of break here and relax and catch more of the playoff games before I head out.”