Simmons’ final act: Leaving Road Warriors with spotless 4-0 record
NLEX coach Frankie Lim has frequently joked in post-match interviews about hiding Jonathon Simmons’ passport since it was determined that his Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) would didn’t last that long.
Maybe that’s Lim’s way of showing his appreciation for Simmons, whose Road Warriors campaign ended with a four-game winning streak before former NBA player Wayne Selden took over to try to stay afloat. maintained the team’s sizzling start to the season-ending Governors Cup.
Lim hopes Selden can provide at least some of the qualities he has described in the former San Antonio Spurs player.
“His leadership within [and] He knows how to win the game. I think I’ll remember that,” Lim said of Simmons after their 98-94 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Saturday at the Ynares Center here.
“He’s a nice guy to work with, even in reality. Magaan kasama (Easy to approach),” the Road Warriors mentor added after continuing the big break since his nervous debut in the Commission’s Cup.
Selden has yet to join the team, but Lim plans to meet him as soon as possible to begin a transition that the Road Warriors hope will ease before facing Commission’s Cup champion Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
That is obviously a big challenge for NLEX as the match against Ginebra will be the gauge of whether the Road Warriors really exist, even as Simmons prepares to return to China to continue his professional career. I’m there.
Amid the buzz about Simmons’ final actions, Lim was able to sneak up on some small tidbits of what NLEX needed to deal with beyond the import change, as seen during the match against Phoenix.
“I think we should get more points from Kevin [Alas]University lecturer [Trollano]even Sean Anthony and Brandon [Ganuelas-Rosser]” he say.
Simmons finished with 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals to end the tour in the Philippines. His four-game average of 37.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals would leave a lot of things questionable.
“I’ve got a little bit of time left to play basketball, I’m just thinking about it,” Simmons said.
And Lim, once again, couldn’t help but tease Simmons’ passport.
“He already has a passport,” Lim said before asking for his import “make sure it’s genuine,” prompting Simmons to smile widely.
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