IMPORT Jerome Jordan is not the type of player who shies away from physical or tough plays.
But the Talk 'N Text import is definitely against dirty plays which he claimed he has encountered a lot of in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, blaming it for the sudden dip in his game after his grand debut just two weeks ago.
“(I’m) not so much (affected by the) physicality. I can play physical, but there’s a lot of dirty play going on,” said Jordan, who was held to a measly average of 11 points, five rebounds, and one block in 25 minutes of play during the Tropang Texters’ two-game sweep of the Petron Boosters in the quarterfinals.
"It’s always tough getting used to it (dirty), but once I retaliate, they see me because I’m a big guy so I try to keep my head in the game."
The seven-foot former Tulsa big man was clearly outplayed by Petron rookie center June Mar Fajardo and import Henry Sims during the series, but he claimed he was also at the receiving end of several cheap shots including one to the mouth.
“I’m there to help my team whatever it takes. But it (tooth) got pushed back so I have to see a dentist. I don’t know where I got it from, but for the most part, they were trying to be more than physical, play dirty. I must say they play dirty,” he said.
Now that the Texters will have the Barangay Ginebra Kings as opponents in the best-of-five semifinals, Jordan, who played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA D-League before coming in to replace Donnell Harvey, said he’s bracing for a more physical series.
Jordan claimed he got hit it the groin the first time he played against the Gin Kings on April 14.
“Playing physical, playing tough. I love that challenge. It’s when it gets dirty, trying to injure guys, because the first time I play the game (against Ginebra), there’s a guy who tried attacking me. I couldn’t do anything about it,” recalled the 26-year-old Jordan, who incidentally had his PBA debut against the Kings.
“I was at the free throw line, then one guy hit me in my groin. It’s just cheap shot. But whatever my team’s goal, we’ll do it as long as we win. I’ll keep my head up and definitely need to do a better job in playing defense and rebounding,” he added.
Jordan finished with 23 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks in the Texters’ 100-86 rout of the Kings last April 14 in a game that saw him hold Ginebra import Vernon Macklin to just 12 points in 3-of-12 shooting from the field.