ALTHOUGH he has yet to suit up for Talk N Text, Othyus Jeffers is already a positive voice in the team locker room especially in the wake of the Tropang Texters’ Game One loss to San Mig Super Coffee in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Jeffers is the co-MVP of the recent NBA D-League and will be serving as the Tropang Texters’ import in the season-ending Governors Cup.
And while he waits for his time to play for the franchise, Jeffers was quick to remind the team that being down 0-1 in the title series should not be enough to affect the team, whose perfect 13-game winning streak has also came to an end.
Instead, the 95-80 loss they absorbed should serve as a wake-up call for the Tropang Texters as they try to evaluate what went wrong and how they could adjust in time for Sunday’s Game Two.
“Told my teammates to hold your head up, it’s a long race, it’s a best-of-five race, and it’s just one game so they just need to execute what coach wants you to do,” Jeffers told Spin.ph.
Jeffers said he’s definitely looking forward to joining the team in action, even comparing the PBA’s physical plays to the pick-up games he’s played in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
“It’s (PBA game) no different from the pick-up games in Chicago. The atmosphere is great, the fanfare is great. I’m just glad to be here. I’m blessed,” he added.
The former Robert Morris University standout is coming off a brief six-game stint with the San Antonio Spurs and later on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2014 regular season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.8 minutes.
He got the call-up to play for the T-Wolves after leading the Iowa Energy to the NBA D-League Central Division championship and the third seeding in the recent playoffs.
The 28-year-old guard/forward averaged a team-high 20.9 points to go with 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 44 games this season.