A HEALTHER Joshua Smith is expected to be a big boost to TNT KaTropa the second time around, more so since he's no longer dealing with the foot issue that slowed him down in last year's PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.
“Obviously, he is not yet in the best shape,” said TNt coach Racela. “I think just playing games will eventually get him there. The good thing now, compared to last year, is at least physically, he is healthier now. ‘Yung foot niya has not been a concern, which is really good for us."
Smith played limited minutes in his conference debut since replacing Jeremy Tyler, finishing with 11 points in just 13 minutes. He, however, made all five of his shots in the 123-95 victory over Columbian Dyip on Friday.
The burly Smith said he is close to top form having played in the Japan league.
“It feels good. I played in Japan. I played 60 games there so it definitely helps. I played a full season so I had to get my legs back, so I feel good,” Smith said.
Smith added he is still adjusting to new plays by Racela as well as to new teammates Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz, who came in via trades just this season.
“We are running new plays that were different from last year. It’s a new system. I just try to get used to it. The guys played their ass off so it’s a good win.”
“He (Terrence) is a hell of a player, he and Jericho. We knew that last year. Just to add two guys from the one that we have right now, we are deep. We can be 12 to 15 guys deep. We just have to play defense,” said Smith.