EYEBROWS were raised when Columbian Dyip replaced import CJ Aiken for John Fields right after a bright start to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
But after a rough debut for Fields in a 134-103 loss to Alaska, the veteran journeyman is starting to prove that he’s the right man for the job for the struggling franchise.
Fields finished with 34 points on an efficient 13-of-17 shooting to go along 11 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a shot block as he claimed his first win in the PBA following their 104-96 win over Rain or Shine on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arrena.
“It was good, man. The coaches said we lost focus in the last game which we did. It’s a good bounce-back win. Everybody came in focused and ready to play,” said Fields, adding key contribution from the Dyip locals got the job done.
“When they’re shooting and hitting, when Carlo (Lastimosa) is driving to the basket, dishing, it’s a beautiful thing. I’m just happy to play with the guys, get a few practices under their belt so we can be an even more good unit,” he added.
His debut with Dyip wasn’t actually bad as he finished with 39 points and 16 boards while battling jetlag, though it was overshadowed by the blowout loss.
A couple of days for adjustments and practices later, Fields is proving to be the complete package.
“I’m adjusting fine. I love playing with the team, fast-paced, sometimes it gets a little bit out of hand when we have the lead. But you know, we’ll work on the right shot selections and everything. Coach is doing a great job. He really made me feel at home. I really appreciate him and the coaching staff,” said Fields.
“I felt like I am about 80 percent. Me and coach, we always get together watching films, look what I can do better. We're just working on certain things, fine-tuning so we can be a good offensive juggernaut,” he added.
The former Aries Trikalla BC believes that they can be so much better once he learns the ropes.
“There’s always room for improvement. I can read the guys on the ball screen better, when to drop, when to pop, I have my jumpshot working, that was good. It’s an adjustment period for everybody. I still got to prove to the guys that I’m a guy that can play and help the team win games.”