Jay Washington back to where it all started in TNT

Delfin Dioquino
Bouncing from different teams, the 37-year-old forward finds himself back with his first PBA squad

REUNION. Jay Washington reunites with TNT after he was relegated as an unrestricted free agent by Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Back to where it all started.

Jay Washington found himself back with his first PBA team TNT after he was relegated as an unrestricted free agent by Rain or Shine in the middle of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. 

And if there is one thing the 37-year-old forward – who had two previous stints with the TNT – it is to avoid burning bridges. 

“[F]or me to be able to come back here 3 times, I would say it’s a lesson to the other guys, the young guys, that you can’t take things personally and sometimes it’s a business decision,” Washington said.

The former two-time Best Player of the Conference knows his stuff, having already played for 4 teams throughout his 14-year career.

He started his career with TNT and played with the team for 3 years before he was traded to San Miguel. After 5 years, he was then dealt to NorthPort, then back to TNT, then back to NorthPort before he was acquired by Rain or Shine.

“You can’t leave a team and burn a bridge. Burning bridges, at this time of my career, I could be left with no team. I think that’s the main thing.” 

Washington repaid TNT’s trust in him as he put up 6 points and 7 rebounds in a 100-92 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday, March 3, in his first game of the conference.

“It feels good to be back out there. First game back. Still adjusting. Still trying to get comfortable with things but I’m glad we got the win today.” Rappler.com


Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.