IT appears Calvin Abueva was just a warm-up for TnT Katropa import Terrence Jones.
Now the most talented import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup comes face to face with the league’s most popular ballclub.
Jones and the Katropa take on the Kings in Wednesday night’s main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and the former NBA player hopes fans will be there to watch a ‘fun game.’
“I hope a lot of fans come. Fans have been showing a lot of love since I’ve been here and supporting me,” said Jones ahead of his first encounter with the Kings.
“I’m just having fun. It’s been a lot of fun each game.”
Jones has steered the Katropa to back-to-back wins for a 4-1 record (tied for second place with NorthPort), including a 110-97 demolition of San Miguel last week.
The meeting with the Kings also comes more than a week since Jones was dealt a dangerous clothesline by Abueva in the Katropa's game against Phoenix, leading to the eccentric forward's indefinite suspension from the league.
The former Houston Rocket said team chemistry has so far been the key to the Katropa’s early success in the conference.
“My teammates have been showing nothing but love and respect and we’ve been having fun in practice and in the games,” he said.
Jones explosive game is definitely a concern for Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
“We’re hoping to bounce back strong against a team that has been playing probably the best basketball in the conference,” said Cone, whose team (2-2) is coming off a 104-81 blowout to Rain or Shine.
“It’s a tough assignment this early in the conference, but we have to be ready to take on the challenge.”