Former Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Jones came to San Miguel to show his stuffs and not to prove to everyone that he is better than outgoing import Josh Boone. The 6-8 power forward came away impressed after his first look at his new team and now hopes to add his own game into the mix.
Jones arrived early Saturday morning and was able to catch on television the Beermen's second straight win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, a 112-96 demolishing of Ginebra that turned out to be the farewell game of Boone. Beermen's Defense
The former West Virginia standout was impressed on the Beermen's defense and ability to play as a team.
“I watched the game and I was very impressed the way they play defense and the way they play as a team,” Jones told Spin.ph shortly after his first official practice with the Beermen at the Reyes gym on Tuesday.
The NBA D-League star said he will try to bring his own game to the Beermen and not try to fill the gap left by Boone, who marked his final game as a Beerman with 32 points, 21 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
“I’m not gonna put pressure on myself to try and fill Josh Boone’s spot. I can only do what I can do,” he said. “He (Boone) did great for the team, but I’ll just come in and provide what I can.”
The 24-year-old American forward is coming off a solid stint with the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League this season, averaging 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29.7 minutes to earn a spot in the developmental league's All-Star Game last month.
Jones said this will the first time he’s playing overseas after close to two seasons playing for the Canton Charge as well as a 32-game stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes.
“It’s just my fourth day in the Philippines. It’s tough especially in practice, like you trying to get a good sweat, trying to get over jet lag. But my teammates helped me a lot out here today,” he said.
Jones will show what game he has in his PBA debut on Friday when San Miguel clashes with arch-rival Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in a battle for the solo lead in the short elimination round. The Commissioner's Cup is only a single-round elimination where each team will only meet once in the classification. --- with reports from Spin.ph
San Miguel new import Kevin Jones don't want to prove that he's better than Josh Boone, only wants to show his stuffs
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