KIA Motor’s giant import PJ Ramos is undaunted as the Carnival face the rejuvenated Barangay Ginebra Kings on Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 7-foot-3 Puerto Rican has been huge for Kia, posting tournament-best numbers of 36.3 points and 20.3 rebounds, to go with 2.6 assists and 1.3 blocks.
But he will be tested by a tall Ginebra frontline featuring Greg Slaughter, Michael Dunigan, Japeth Aguilar and Billy Mamaril.
“I ain’t gonna say nothing, I’ll just go and work and do my job. I’m not worried who I play,” said Ramos after the team’s Thursday afternoon practice at the Clover Leaf gym in Guadalupe, Makati.
Ramos says he is also not intimidated at all by the expected pro-Ginebra crowd at the Big Dome.
“Full crowd or no crowd, basketball is the same thing. We’re gonna be the one to give them the show. Hopefully, we’re gonna win and we will play hard,” said the 29-year-old Ramos, a member of the Puerto Rican national team that shocked a US team bannered by NBA players, 92-73, in the preliminaries of the Athens Olympics.
Ramos, the 34th overall pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2004 NBA Draft, said he’s also back to 100 percent condition since suffering from food poisoning last weekend.
Kia is coming off a 95-86 loss to unbeaten Barako Bull on Sunday.
But before that, the Carnival had scored their first victory this conference at the expense of newly-crowned Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer, 88-78.