JEFF Chan has yet to hit a single three-pointer for his new team Ginebra, but is staying patient.
“Gusto ko sabihing, ‘Relax lang, guys. Papasok din yan. Importante nanalo tayo.’ Yun lang sa akin,” Chan said on the heels of the Gin Kings’ dominant 105-86 blowout over Alaska on Sunday night.
Chan, who arrived in the Ginebra camp just last week after a trade with Phoenix, has missed all of his five three-point attempts in vctories over Columbian and Alaska.
The Negrense gunner, however, said all of those shots were on target but just rimmed out.
“Babagsak din yan. Kanina niluluwa eh,” said the former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, who is shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc in this PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Part of those struggles could be attributed to this new environment for Chan, who admitted that he’s still finding his way in coach Tim Cone’s system.
“Actually, di ko pa talaga alam yung ibang ginagawa namin, lalo na yung mga defensive adjustments namin. Anytime na papasok si LA (Tenorio) o si Justin (Brownlee), sila Joe (Devance), tinatanong ko kung ano yung gagawin ko at kung saan ako,” he said.
Chan admitted he still feels uneasy when fans cheer him whenever he receives the leather.
“Sanay ako na I’m against sa Ginebra. Now, medyo iba ang feeling kasi kakampi na. Lahat chini-cheer ka. Medyo nakaka-pressure kasi parang every time na hawak ko yung bola, ineexpect ng mga tao mashu-shoot ko. Pero sa akin naman, gusto ko lang makatulong in any way.”
Chan has averaged 4.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steal in the two games for the crowd favorites, but more than his numbers, all the 34-year-old swingman cares about is contributing to the overall cause.
“At least panalo kami, yun ang importante. Hindi ko naman goal na maka-shoot ng apat na three points pero talo naman. At least panalo kami,” he said.
The two-week break for the third window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers gives Chan ample time to further integrate himself into the Ginebra sysem in the buildup for the playoffs.
“At least ngayon, may two weeks kami to prepare for GlobalPort. Kailangan namin yung momentum. Medyo malayo nga ang mga laro pero di naman kami magre-relax kasi going for the playoff na kami. Yun ang mindset namin,” he said.
Chan is also confident the three-point drought will soon end, saying: “Makukuha ko rin yun.”