ANTIPOLO – Apart from lack of effort and commitment, there also seems to be a lack of communication inside the Kia camp.
New import Geron Johnson apparently came in for his debut on Friday night not knowing that the Picanto have yet to register in the win column of the PBA Governors’ Cup.
And it was only after the team’s 118-97 beating at the hands of Blackwater did he know of his team’s eight-game skid when a reporter asked him how tough it is to make an immediate impact for a winless team.
“They haven't won yet?” Johnson asked, before playing down the pressure.
“That's not tough. I just have to... It's my first game, so I'd definitely see what I have to do,” he said. “I gotta conserve a lot more energy in the first half so I could release it in the second half. Make sure you're at the next game, and you'll see a difference.”
Johnson, who replaced Markeith Cummings, registered 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting, six assists, four boards, three steals, and one block, but he committed nine turnovers in almost 40 minutes of play.
But had he known his team was still winlees, Johnson could’ve played with more sense of urgency and put up better stats across the board.
“Not the way I wanted to start, so I'm trying to get the film and I gotta go back to the drawing board,” Johnson said. “It's just showing me that I gotta come more prepared for Philippine basketball. It's good basketball.”
“I just gotta change my pace, slow down a little bit, and recognize what I'm doing,” he added. “I'll make the adjustments that I need to make, so that it could be around two next time.”