Famous eager to break Michael Hackett's rebounding record: 'I don't like being No. 2'
Balik import Jarrid Famous has yet to settle down at Blackwater owing to injuries. Karlo Sacamos

JARRID Famous played down a couple of injuries that have hampered his preparation and integration with Blackwaater for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Elite have already been four weeks into training camp when Famous arrived less than two weeks ago from Argentina.

But just a few days after arriving in the country, the American-Lebanese big man suffered full-body cramps before spraining his ankle in the Elite’s tune-up game against GlobalPort on Wednesday.

“It’s been a struggle since I came out here, the heat, coming from cold to hot, had a little cramping issue, then in the first tune-up game, I sprained my ankle, so it’s been a little adversity,” Famous told SPIN.ph on Thursday after sitting out the team’s practice.

“But I’m used to it,” he was quick to add. “Things don’t go as planned, but as long as you work through it, and do the things you have to do, I’ll be fine. I can’t complain. I’m just getting ready for Sunday’s game.”

Returning for another tour of duty in the league, Famous assured he will suit up for the Elite in the opener of the midseason tournament on Sunday against Columbian Dyip at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m ready to go back out there under the bright lights,” said Famous, who averaged 31.1 points on 52.5-percent shooting, 24.4 boards, 2.1 blocks, and 1.9 assists in 44.1 minutes for GlobalPort in the 2015 Governors’ Cup, where he led them to a fourth-seed finish and a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, before losing to Star in two games.

Expect him to put up the same kind of numbers to help the Elite make the transition from giant-killers to legitimate playoff contenders.

“I’m going to go out there and play extremely hard, do the things that’s going to help my team win, just leave it all on the floor – rebounds, scoring, blocked shots, defending, just doing the things trying to help my team win,” Famous said.

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“More polished, same type of game,” he added. “I’m going to take shots that I know I’m capable of making, and doing the plays I’m capable of making, and that’s about it. The game doesn’t change. It’s just like fine wine – it gets better with time.”

What he promises to sustain is his stature as a rebound machine after grabbing 37 rebounds in one game last 2015 - just eight shy of the all-time record set by former Ginebra import Michael Hackett in 1985.

“I’m coming for the record,” Famous beamed. “I don’t like being number two.”

Elite coach Leo Isaac has yet to be impressed by Famous’ current play, no thanks to his couple of injuries.

“Hindi ko pa ma-gauge gaano eh kasi iba yung pinakita niyang game nung last stint niya dito as compared to our tune-up games,” Isaac said. “Siguro mage-gauge namin siya pag one-hundred percent na siya.”

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