TNT KaTropa super import Terrence Jones ended his PBA Commissioner’s Cup stint in an anti-climactic way after his team lost to eventual champions San Miguel Beer, but said he’s had a fine time in the Philippines and will be looking forward to what the next chapter has in store for him.
Jones was hailed Best Import of the Conference, leading the KaTropa to an almost perfect 10-1 elimination round record. They were able to snatch a 2-1 lead in the Finals, although the Beermen closed out the series better.
While “disappointed” with the end result, Jones credited the Beermen for having the better rotation and showing it when it mattered. Jones also took the time to say he did everything he could.
“We had a great season, we didn’t end it the way we wanted to, but I appreciate their friendship, the teammates for believing in me, I gave everything I got until the last second,” he said.
“I wanted to show them that I care about winning and that I didn’t quit. I gave them everything I have until the last moment.”
Asked about returning to the Philippines, Jones said nothing is certain yet, but he wants a shot at getting back to the NBA.
“I am looking forward to my next chapter which is getting back to the NBA. Hopefully. I am just preparing if the team gives me an opportunity. If that’s Houston, I have a familiar relationship with them and I’ll try to help them win a championship,” he said, adding he will always cherish what he’s had in the PBA.
“It’s a great experience overall. It’s something I will never forget as a man and a father. It’s a humbling experience for me.”
As for Arwind Santos’ apology following his racist gesture during Game 5, Jones said everything is now in the past, and that his experiences in the Philippines won’t change just because of what happened.
“He apologized. I heard him. Yeah, I am a human being. I just wanted (them) to respect me as a father and as a black man. That’s all I’m saying,” said Jones.
“No one person could tarnish how much love I was shown here by the fans and the community. I just want to be respected as a person.”