TALK ‘N Text is bringing back old hand Paul Harris to replace former NBA veteran Rodney Carney, who lasted just one week with the team in the PBA Governors Cup.
Harris, a 6-foot-4 standout from Syracuse, helped the Tropang Texters capture the 2011 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title following their 4-2 Finals victory over Barangay Ginebra.
He is expected to bring in a consistent scoring sock and rebounding for a veteran-laden Talk ‘N Text squad that had to rely on its local crew in its three straight victories over a span of seven days.
The 27-year-old Harris owned PBA career averages of 24.9 points,11.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in a total of 32 games with the franchise.
Harris is coming off a stint with the SLUC Nancy Basket in the French League.
Talk N Text coach Norman Black said the team had to give Carney the pink slip after coming up with a second sub-par performance in three games.
Carney, who was selected 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Draft, averaged just 17.6 points and 3.6 rebounds during his three-game stint with Talk ‘N Text.
He came in to replace Othyus Jeffers, who could only play one game after encountering a glitch in his NBA contract.
The 30-year-old former Memphis stalwart scored just 12 points in what turned out to be his farewell game in Talk ‘N Text’s 102-91 win over Air21.
Harris arrived on Tuesday and is expected to join the team’s practice on Wednesday.
Black said the comebacking PBA import will debut on Friday against Globalport.
Talk 'N Text is currently tied at first place with San Mig and Ginebra with identical 4-1 records.