PBA: Finals rivals back Jones in his NBA comeback bid
Paul Lintag on Aug 19, 2019 11:18 AM
Jones has been linked to rejoin the Houston Rockets for the upcoming NBA season but obviously, until he’s back in Texas, nothing’s quite official just yet. (Photos by Richard Esguerra and Arvin Lim)
Despite coming up short in his bid to help TNT win a PBA title, Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Terrence Jones is going back to the NBA.
Or at least that’s the plan of action right now.
Jones has been linked to rejoin the Houston Rockets for the upcoming NBA season but obviously, until he’s back in Texas, nothing’s quite official just yet.
“Right now I'm preparing to just be ready for whatever team gives me the opportunity. If that's Houston... you know, I have a familiar relationship with them, and I know we'll try to go win a championship,” Jones said.
“That's a next chapter. I'm ready to get back home and start worrying about that. It'll be something that I'm getting ready for now. I wasn't really taking that into any consideration until my job was finished here first,” he added.
Ironically, Jones has Finals rivals backing him up in his bid to return to the NBA.
Christian Standhardinger, Jones’ chief big man rival from the San Miguel Beermen, wishes nothing but the best for the PBA’s newest Best Import.
“He's a great player, I only wish him the best,” Standhardinger said.
"I'm sure he's gonna go back to the NBA. He's a great player. I dont think you can stop him, you can just make it a little bit harder,” he added.
Chris Ross, who certainly did his fair share of antics to annoy Jones in the Finals, shared the sentiments of Standhardinger.
But if Jones’ NBA return doesn’t pan out, Ross says he’s more than happy to play against TJ in the PBA again.
“I told him that I hope he gets back in the NBA, but if not, having great players like him in our league is. It just helps the league out. It helps the PBA out,” Ross said.
“And I mean, I know his goal is to play in the NBA, but I told him if not, high-caliber players like that are always welcomed here,” he added.
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