CEBU – Former PBA Most Valuable Player Kelly Williams didn’t look like a man who had been out of the game for seven months as he started at center for Talk `N Text in its 89-80 win over Meralco during the opener of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cebu Coliseum.
Williams finished with 10 points in his first game back in the league after a seven-month absence owing to a rare blood disorder known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, his presence making up for the absence of injured players Ranidel de Ocampo and Ryan Reyes.
“It feels good to be out here with the guys. I’ve watched these guys on live streaming from the US for seven months and it’s been really tough on me,” said Williams, who also had a homecoming of sorts as his mother, Andrea, hails from the Queen City of the South.
The former Gilas Pilipinas stalwart admitted still not entirely 100 percent in shape, but added he’s a work in progress.
“I’m getting there. I feel like I’m at 70 percent where I want to be, but it felt good out there today and it’s just going to get better.”
Behind a team that added new pieces in his absence, Williams said he has high hopes for the defending champion Tropang Texters especially in their quest for a fourth straight All-Filipino crown.
“We have great acquisitions. We got Eloy (Poligrates), Noy (Baclao), and Rob Reyes who’s recovering right now. Ryan Reyes is also injured but we still did pretty well so I’m pretty excited about this season,” he said.