PBA: Greg Smith, Rain or Shine off to good start after ‘clean slate’

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Rain or Shine import Greg Smith II. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine lastly notched its first win within the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday, slipping previous Blackwater, 122-117, to finish its four-game dry spell.

New import Greg Smith II anchored the Elasto Painters’ breakthrough win in his PBA debut that appeared extra like a return of kinds on condition that he was the staff’s authentic selection for the 2016 Governors’ Cup however went only a hairline previous the peak restrict and was changed by Dior Lowhorn.

“Coach (Yeng Guiao) stated this can be a clear slate. 0-0 at this level. 1-0 now. However you already know, he stated that he desires to reset every part that occurred earlier than and you already know make this only a new alternative for everyone,” the American ahead instructed reporters on his manner out of Mall of Asia Enviornment on Sunday.

Smith confirmed why Rain or Shine sought his companies, making 5 of his eight makes an attempt from distance on his solution to a 38-point outing that went with six rebounds and 5 assists in near 35 minutes of motion.

Not unhealthy for somebody who had been inactive for about half a 12 months after the beginning of his first baby. The final time he performed aggressive basketball was throughout ESPN’s The Basketball Event.

However an opportunity to lastly come by for Rain or Shine and straighten issues out was simply too onerous to go up on, he stated.

“I wasn’t notably seeking to play quickly solely as a result of (my son) is so younger. However this chance was one thing I actually wished to do as a result of, like I stated, again in 2016, I wished to be right here and this can be a place that I actually do really feel snug in. Now I’m right here, hopefully, we may win some video games now,” stated Smith, who changed Michael Qualls.

Smith’s arrival couldn’t be extra well timed for Guiao and his crew. At 1-4, the Painters nonetheless have six extra video games on faucet and various these are winnable.

Up subsequent for Rain or Shine is Terrafirma, adopted by Magnolia, NLEX, after which Phoenix. The rugged crew then goes up in opposition to NorthPort earlier than ending the elimination section in opposition to San Miguel Beer.

Smith is aware of that it’s a completely completely different activity having to guide a staff that’s attempting to show its marketing campaign round versus serving to it to annex a second PBA crown—his authentic mission from practically seven years in the past.

However he was simply as agency in saying that each duties pack the identical type of stress.

“I nonetheless suppose it’s the identical type of stress. It is a proud program. I do know Gabe (Norwood) is a champion, Beau (Belga) is a champion. These guys want to win,” Smith stated. “I believe it’s the identical type of stress as if I got here in 2016: To go forward and attempt to get us into the playoffs and make one thing occur.”

“I really feel like—particularly with the locals that now we have, that if we will get there (to those playoffs), we will beat anyone and make it a sport not less than,” he stated.

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