VERNON Macklin and Jerome Jordan already crossed paths before.
No wonder Jordan had an idea of how to contain the Barangay Ginebra import when the two faced off in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday.
The 7-foot Jordan debuted in style for Talk `N Text by holding Macklin to just 12 points, while imposing his will inside during the second half of the Tropang Texters’ 100-86 victory over the Kings before a huge crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“It’s just important to come out here and play a strong defensive game. And I played against him (Macklin) once or twice before at NBA D-League so I got familiarized a little bit with his moves,” said Jordan after the game.
The second tallest import this conference after Rain or Shine’s Bruno Sundov, Jordan was a silent operator for Talk ‘N Text.
“I try to play a lot of defense first because my role was to slow down their (Gin Kings) import, and then be open for dunks and rebounds,” said the Talk ‘N Text import who earned Best Player of the game honors after leading the Tropang Texters with 23 points, 17 rebounds, and two shot blocks.
The 26-year-old Jordan, a Jamaican, was playing for the Reno Bighorns when he got the chance to play against Macklin, who was then with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The Tulsa product said he was also thankful for the experience gained while playing for the New York Knicks last year, learning the tricks of the trade from veteran NBA big men like Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
“Being in the NBA last year, I learned a lot especially from Tyson Chandler and Amare as I continue to get better everyday,” he said.