PBA: With some unfinished business left, Joshua Smith ‘just one phone call away’ for Talk N’ Text
"The reason I came back was because of them. It was not about the money, it was not about what I had here. The reason I went back here was because I enjoyed it here.”
Talk N’ Text’s 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup conference came to an end, Wednesday night after getting swept by defending champions San Miguel in the quarterfinals.
With it, Joshua Smith’s most recent run in the PBA.
The six-foot-nine Smith played six games with the KaTropa, averaging 17.33 points and 10.83 rebounds while helping Talk N’ Text secure a third-seed finish in the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations.
Following their quarterfinals exit, Smith did his best to cheer bring his teammates’ spirits back up by saying that they were the very reason that he chose to come back to the PBA.
“I just told the guys in the locker room man, the reason I came back was because of them. It was not about the money, it was not about what I had here. The reason I went back here was because I enjoyed it here.”
Smith finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds in the elimination loss.
Prior to this year, Smith’s last stint with Talk N’ Text was back in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup, helping lead the KaTropa to a finals run. They lost, coincidentally enough, to San Miguel.
Comparing this year to the last, Smith feels that the KaTropa are a more talented team, especially with the addition of high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo.
“We have more talent this year. We have guys like Jericho Cruz and Terrence Romeo and Don [Trollano]. We got guys that were contributing to other teams.”
Still, playing San Miguel is never an easy task.
“Like I said, playing a team like San Miguel, you can't make mistakes.”
Now, Smith is looking forward to a stint in Japan, though he wouldn’t have any qualms about suiting back up for Talk N’ Text in the future. After all, he’s got some unfinished business to take care of in the PBA.
“We'll see man! I just told them that I'm one phone call away.”
“Got close to a championship last year, ended in the quarterfinals this year. If it all works out, I wouldn't mind coming back.” Smith added.