PBA: Home is where the heart is as J-Wash starts 3rd stint with TNT
Paul Lintag on Mar 03, 2019 08:57 PM
This marks Washington’s third stint with TNT. Despite being picked no. 1 overall by FedEx in 2005, he suited up for the then Phone Pals to start his PBA career following a draft night deal. (PBA)
Looks like TNT is Jay Washington’s true PBA home.
After being relegated by Rain or Shine as an unrestricted free agent, Washington found himself back to the flagship MVP franchise as the KaTropa picked him up in the middle of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
This marks Washington’s third stint with TNT. Despite being picked no. 1 overall by FedEx in 2005, he suited up for the then Phone Pals to start his PBA career following a draft night deal.
After spending most of his peak with rival San Miguel, Washington found himself back in TNT in 2014. A year later, he was part of the Tropang Texters crew that won the Commisisoner’s Cup.
Fast forward to four years in 2019, Washington is back and he played his first game for TNT in the All-Filipino against Rain or Shine of all teams.
JWash logged in 16 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds.
“It feels good to be back out there. First game back. Still adjusting. Still trying to get comfortable with things but I'm glad we got the win today,” he said.
“I've played with pretty much all of the guys. As far as the players, I'm comfortable. Played with all of them last time I was here or on different teams. It's just more just learning what they're doing and trying to fit it. Still on an adjustment period for me but coach gave me a lot of opportunities today and hoping to build on that. Just got to keep getting better and try to help the team go,” Washington added.
After finding his way home in TNT, Washington says there’s a lesson out there on the fact that he can return to a former team for a third time over the course of what has been a 14-year career.
Washington says it’s good to note that moves in basketball are almost always about business and it’s important to understand that part of the game.
“Yeah it’s my third time back here. Honestly, as a player, it’s a learning lesson. A life lesson for me. Just feeling like this league is so small, the basketball world here is so small, for me to be able to come back here three times, I would say it’s a lesson to the other guys, the young guys, that you can’t take things personally and sometimes it’s a business decision,” he said.
“You can’t leave a team and burn a bridge. Burning bridges, at this time of my career I could be left with no team. I think that’s the main thing,” Washington added.
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