CHARLES Rhodes was straight to the point when asked what he intends to do for San Miguel Beer in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“I’m here to regain the crown. That’s what I’m here to do,” said the former Best Import, who is back for another tour of duty with the Beermen two years since he powered the franchise to the championship of the midseason conference.
Rhodes arrived over the weekend fresh from his stint in the Korean Basketball League (KBL), and lost no time joining his teammates after watching Game 6 of the Philippine Cup finals against Magnolia at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.
And the Beermen’s 98-86 win to forge a deciding Game 7 had Rhodes all the more eager to suit up and play again for the champion ballclub.
“I'm very happy. I'm back. It felt like I was just here a year ago but it was back in 2017. So just happy and ecstatic to be back,” he said.
Rhodes was looking forward to returning last year, but owing to family matters, failed in his bid for a second tour of duty with the Beermen.
With Renaldo Balkman at the helm, San Miguel did make the finals again, but lost in six games to Justine Brownlee and the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
That has made Rhodes all the more motivated for the tournament that starts on May 19.
“I’m just focused, making sure to bring this championship back home to San Miguel,” he said.
While there may be some familiar faces, this year’s batch of imports is mostly new for Rhodes, which is just fine by him.
"All of that motivates me. If everybody knows me, more NBA players, ex NBA players is better for me, because I have a chip on my shoulder so I would take it out on those guys,” said the 33-year-old Texas native.
“That's what I did last conference and that's what I will do this conference also.”