Chism eager for match-up vs KIA’s 7-footer Ramos
MANILA, Philippines – Seven-footers don’t scare Wayne Chism.
It’s still a long way off, but the 6-foot-8 Rain or Shine import is already looking forward to meeting 7-foot-2 KIA import PJ Ramos on the court when both teams clash on Sunday, March 22.
“That’s gonna be a crazy match-up. He’s big. He’s huge!” the 27-year old exclaimed following the Painters’ 103-91 win over Barako Bull on Friday, February 27.
“He’s a great player. They ain’t bringing him here for nothing. He’s doing a great job for them and I can’t wait to play against him.”
Two games into the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Chism already proved he can roll with the big guys as he sizzled for 7 three-pointers and 32 points for the Painters on Friday, while keeping in check Barako Bull’s 7-foot Nigerian import Solomon Alabi.
In that match-up, the much smaller Chism used his quickness and versatility to his advantage as he outplayed Alabi, who finished with just 23 points and 4 rebounds on 8-of-17 field goal shooting.
It turns out, Chism is no stranger to 7-foot centers.
Playing against Alabi brought back college memories for Chism, where he recalled a 7-foot-5 assignment he had back in his days at NCAA Division I school Universtiy of Tennessee.
“It reminded me of playing against another guy who was 7-foot-5 back in college. It actually was fun. It was a great reminder of how strong the tall ones are,” Chism shared. “I shot inside and outside. It was still a tough one though.”
The veteran Ramos will prove to be a much difficult task for Chism as the Puerto Rican import is having his way in the paint so far, leading the team in scoring with 32 points a game on top of a 20.29-rebound average.
But a more well-rounded Chism – who can run, shoot from the outside and post-up in the paint – is confident he can make the right changes in his game to compete.
“Every game I have to make some adjustments. I watch the film. I sit down and study more what I have to do and what they [other players] like to do, I gotta keep watching film to see what I have to change and not change.”
Chism and the rest of the Painters are now headed into a two-week break due to the PBA All-Star Weekend.
The long break can only help improve Chism’s already solid chemistry with the team despite playing only his second game with them after replacing the much slower Rick Jackson.
Chism, who also played for Rain or Shine in 2014, says it took him just one game to re-acclimate himself to coach Yeng Guiao, the team and the PBA.
“I’m already used to my team, my team is used to me,” he said. “They know who I am, I know who they are.”
But just because he’s doing well, does not mean he has plans of stopping.
“I’m gonna stay in the gym. No doubt about that. I gotta stay in game shape,” Chism shared his All-Star break objectives. “There’s no time off. It’s my season now, I can’t take a day off.” – Rappler.com