WILL fifth time be the charm for Wayne Chism?
He sure hopes so.
Returning to the Philippines for his fifth tour of duty, the 31-year-old import is wishing that luck will finally come his way as he joins a Magnolia team battling to make the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs.
“It’d be great,” he said on Sunday after watching the Rain or Shine-Meralco game at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m gonna try. It will be awesome though, so I’ll try my best to get there.”
Chism’s caliber is no longer a question, as evidenced by his handiwork in his past stopsatn Rain or Shine and NLEX. He was even named as the Best Import in the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup.
But he will have his hands full in his PBA comeback as he tries to blend in with the Hotshots, which sit on a precarious position at eighth place with their 4-5 record.
“It’s gonna be very different. I got to get used to everybody, the coaches and the players,” he said.
Luckily for Chism, he will have his former Elasto Painter teammate Paul Lee aiding him in his adjustment.
“It’s gonna help a lot because I’ve known Paul for a while and I’ll be adjusted real quick,” he said.
That adjustment, though, will have to be made fast as his first game will be on July 4 against his former team NLEX and ex-coach Yeng Guiao.
Chism is rather excited to meet Guiao, the only coach he’ hasplayed for in the PBA career,.
“It’s gonna be funny and it’s gonna be fun too at that,” he said. “Playing against my old team and my old coach, too, it’s gonna be great.“