CHRIS Javier likens his situation at Blackwater to a relationship.
“Parang sa relationship lang yan, kailangan huwag mong sirain yung trust,” he stressed.
That said, Javier has so far been repaying coach Bong Ramos’ faith in him, coming through with a double-double on Wednesday night when the Elite finally barged in the win column of the PBA Philippine Cup.
The third-year big man scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Blackwater’s 111-99 win over previously unbeaten Rain or Shine at the Astrodome. Javier had 12 in the first half alone and finished 7-of-12 from the field.
Javier teamed up with Mike Digregorio, Allein Maliksi, and rookie Abu Tratter to help the Elite win for the first time after opening the season with back-to-back losses.
A former second-round draft pick of Magnolia in 2016, Javier knows he now has a bigger role to play for the Elite especially with the departure of John Paul Erram during the offseason.
It also helps that Ramos knows him better after the two worked together during their days at University of the East.
“Expect ko naman (bigger role for the season). Tsaka kinausap niya naman lahat kaming mga big men. Isa lang ang sinasabi niya, tulung-tulong lang kami at magtiwala lang kami doon sa sistema niya,” Javier stressed.
But Javier said he "still wants more.”
“Balik ulit ako sa training bukas and pa-kundisyon pa rin,” he said. “Effort lang ang go hard lagi sa game. Basta ready lang ako. Focus lang everytime na tawagin niya (Ramos) ako, kung ano yung gusto niyang gawin ko, sundin ko lang yung ipapagawa niya.”