INCHEON, South Korea – It’s just like a homecoming for Jay Washington.
Although he’s yet been told officially about his trade from Globalport to Talk `N Text, Washington said he’s excited to return to the team that selected him first overall during the 2005 PBA Rookie Draft.
Washington was shipped by the Batang Pier to Talk 'N Text for defensive whiz Noy Baclao, Harold Arboleda and two second-round picks in a three-team trade that also saw No. 4 pick overall Marc Rosser join the Tropang Texters.
The move is fine by Jaywash.
“That’s where I started my career. It’s like going home,” said Washington, who is here for the 17th Asian Games as one of the Gilas Pilipinas reserves.
“Hopefully, I can end my career there,” he added.
Washington coming on board will definitely make Talk `N Text even more formidable next season under new coach Jong Uichico as his presence certainly adds depth to the team’s frontline.
“With the collection of guys, we will be scary. We will give teams problems with our size,” said Washington.
Despite being traded, Washington extended his appreciation to Globalport for the opportunity given him as he played his best year with the team - statistical-wise – last season when he averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, numbers that paved the way for him to become a leading candidate for the Philippine Cup Best Player award.
“If it is true, I thank boss Mikee (Romero) and boss Erick (Arejola), and the entire Globalport team for helping me get back and supporting me in my time. I guess that’s just part of the business side of it. It’s not my first time (to get traded). If anything, just to be able to get back, it’s a blessing,” Washington said.
The 6-foot-7 Fil-Am made the trip here to support Gilas Pilipinas in any way he can. He joined the team’s practice on the eve of its game against India to kick off its Asiad campaign, but had to stay outside the Athletes’ Village since he is not part of the official lineup.
“I’ve been a part of the pool since I was in Spain. I made the whole Fiba World Cup trip. This is a part of my commitment. Not being in the final lineup doesn’t mean that I can’t help the team,” he said.