CURTIS Kelly’s debut in the PBA Commissioner’s cup did not go exactly the way he wanted it as Magnolia dropped a 99-96 result to Rain or Shine in overtime time last Saturday.
Kelly’s numbers were respectable, finishing with 19 point and 15 rebounds, but the Hotshots import shot horribly from the foul line, making just three of his 12 attempts.
The 6-foot-10 journeyman gave no excuses as his woeful shooting from the line spilled over to his teammates with the Hotshots making just 12 of their 31 attempts from the line, good for 38.7 percent.
“I thought I did just okay. I can improve. I can be better. My free throws are terrible. I have no excuse, I’m just missing them. It was a tough night from the free throw line. Those misses are inexcusable,” said Kelly.
“I have to get better at that. If I make my free throws, I’ll probably finish with 30. I have to continue to be impressive and focus a little bit more,” he added.
But aside from the horror show from the foul line, the former Connecticut and Kansas State player has been appreciating the style of basketball here in the country.
Kelly pointed out that the physicality of the local players here and the appreciation of the fans as some of the things that are making him love basketball in the country.
“I’m enjoying it. There’s a lot of good players here, import and locals. I’m impressed with the locals, they play tough and hard. The fans love the basketball here, which makes me more hyped and excited. It’s all about improving and getting a better feel for the league,” said Kelly.
With the Hotshots currently in the middle of the pack with a 3-2 record, Kelly vows to get better as he doesn’t want to end up packing quickly.
The 30-year-old big man believes that it all starts with him and everything else will follow.
“I take it with the best that I can do. To the best of my ability,” Kelly said.
“I think I’ll get better. I have no choice but to get better. I don’t want to be eliminated. I wanna be in the playoffs. That’s my goal. If I want to achieve that goal, I have to be better and my teammates will follow,” he added.