MANILA, Philippines – Jeremiah Gray will see action for Barangay Ginebra sooner than later.
Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone said the rookie wingman is nearing his PBA debut after Gray appeared in a Ginebra uniform in their 99-91 win over the Meralco Bolts in the Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday, October 2.
“He’s getting closer. He wasn’t ready today, but he’s getting closer. He wants to play really badly. He’s telling everybody he wants to be in the lineup. We’re the one holding him back,” Cone said.
The Gin Kings acquired Gray – the second overall pick – from the Terrafirma Dyip through a two-for-one trade in May.
A knee injury that Gray suffered in December last year while playing for the TNT Tropang Giga in the PBA 3×3, though, has kept the Filipino-American stalwart sidelined.
“That could be another week, could be another two weeks, we’re not sure. But he is back to practice and he’s doing most of the normal stuff that everybody else does,” said Cone.
“We try to be a little bit careful with him, but he’s close. He’s chomping at the bit.”
Although Gray is itching to play, Cone said the fact that he is able to finally suit up is already a promising sign.
“If he had his way, he would have played tonight. But we wouldn’t let him,” said Cone. “At least he’s now putting on the uniform, so that’s something.”
“One baby step.” – Rappler.com