TERRENCE Jones admitted being excited reconnecting with former Houston Rockets teammate Greg Smith in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
But right away he was quick to draw the line.
Jones said that just like him for TnT Katropa, Smith will be trying to steer Blackwater to the championship of the mid-season conference, and so expect the two of them to engage in a friendly banter if and when they cross paths inside the court.
“We’re not friends on the court, we’re trying to win,” declared Jones. “So I’m just happy he’s here.”
If ever Blackwater and TnT Katropa go up against each other, the two will already meet in the finals.
Jones and Smith were teammates as part of the Rockets’ second unit during the 2013-14 season that saw the ballclub lost to the Portland Trailblazers in four games in the first round of the playoffs.
Smith is set for a league return after Blackwater tapped his services anew to replace Staphon Blair heading to the playoffs.
The 28-year-old Smith last played for the Elite during the 2017 edition of the Commissioner’s Cup, although the team failed to reach the quarterfinals.
Jones said Smith already texted him even before he arrived here in the country for his second tour of duty with Blackwater.
“I’m excited. He’s telling me he’s going to be here even before he showed up. So I’m excited to see him,” said Jones.
While he’s thrilled to see Smith in the PBA, Jones doesn’t think he’s going to go out with the Blackwater import during their stay here together.
Smith said he’s pre-occupied with having his family in the country right now.
“My family is here right now, so that’s what is important for me,” said the prolific import.