TNT Ka-Tropa has nothing but gratitude for Lou Amundson, who coach Nash Racela called as the 'good substitute' in the Texters' campaign in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The 10-year NBA veteran led TNT to a 134-109 rout of Phoenix on Sunday night before giving way to Donte Greene, the team's first choice to replace Denzel Bowles before the tournament began.
Racela explained Amundson was just given a two-week contract as a stand-in for Greene, who was still processing his papers to play in the country.
That's why Racela has only good things to say for the Amundson, who he saif handled the situation in the most professional way possible.
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"From the very beginning, after Bowles left we signed up Donte Greene. It just happened na yung papers niya di umabot. For precaution, we looked for a replacement just for this weekend and that's why we're very lucky and appreciative of what Lou Amundson did for us," Racela said.
"Isang tawag lang, we gave them a call, right away he committed to play for us and we're very thankful to him. He was very professional in handling the situation knowing that another import was flying in," he added.
The 6-8 Amundson finished with 20 points and eight rebounds but looked a whole lot better than he did on Friday in a loss to Meralco.
When he was finally taken off midway through the fourth period, Amundson was greeted with a standing ovation from teammates appreciative of what he's done for TNT in two games.
With the way Amundson performed, Racela is confident the journeyman will soon find a home elsewhere as he finally get a grasp of being an import overseas after playing as a role player for 11 NBA teams.
"Now he's starting to learn to play as an import because it's something that he's not used to playing. That's good for him and that opens up a lot of opportunities for him in the future," Racela added.