WAYNE Chism remains adamant even in the face of great odds than he can come back from injury and play for Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 28-year-old native of Tennessee said he expects himself to be back in action in two to three weeks’ time, fully healed from the pulled hamstring injury he suffered in the team’s game against Meralco last week.
“Two weeks, three weeks off. I’m staying here,” said Chism, who showed up in civilian clothes on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when the Elasto Painters suffered a 103-92 beating at the hands of Barangay Ginebra.
“I’ll still be down there. I’ll still do the same thing. I’m not gonna mess up anything. I’m gonna take my time and when I come back, I’ll (be) ready to go.”
Chism was at courtside and watched replacement Antoine Wright struggle on weary legs in the loss to Ginebra. The NBA veteran finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 28-minute stint.
Coach Yeng Guiao though, is keen on keeping the services of Wright, given that doctors diagnosed Chism won’t really be back in full harness until after a month.
“Mukha kasing malaking damage nung hamstring nya. The only time his doctor said it will be a month before he can get back,” said the Rain or Shine mentor. “So one month, and then he needs two more weeks for him to get back in shape. So wala na, tapos na halos (yung conference). But sa isip niya, kaya raw niya.”
The injury has left Chism missing the team’s daily training.
“I just do my therapy, that’s the best practice I can do right now,” said last year’s Commissioner’s Cup Best Import.
But he did speak about being disappointed by the unfortunate incident, which ruined his plan of helping the Elasto Painters make it back to the finals after losing to Tropang TNT in last year’s Game Seven of the title series.
“They (Elasto Painters) really help my confidence because I’m really down with myself at this moment,” said Chism, who arrived in the country as early as December for the midseason tournament.
“I worked hard to get to this season to start off well. But I didn’t. I got hurt.”