Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will return for another stint with TNT whether he participates in the upcoming FIBA World Cup for Jordan as a naturalized player or not.
The former NBA star will once more support the Tropang Giga in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and the home-and-away East Asia Super League season, according to TNT coach Jojo Lastimosa.
The former PBA star turned champion coach stated in a brief message that he already signed Rondae.
In the summer of 2017, Hollis-Jefferson, 28, assisted TNT in unseating Barangay Ginebra as Governors’ Cup champion by defeating the Kings in six games.
In 16 games as a substitute for the prolific Jalen Hudson, he averaged 30.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 2.1 steals. He was also voted Best Import of the Conference.
The Jordan Basketball Federation’s selection of University of Arizona product Hollis-Jefferson as a naturalized player for the upcoming FIBA World Cup coincides with the signing of Hollis-Jefferson.
The TNT import traveled to Lithuania to train with the Jordanian national team, but he did not participate in any games.
After sitting on the bench for Jordan’s opening game against the host, which it lost 75-70; he finally played in the Portugal Cup matches against Ivory Coast and the Czech Republic.
The TNT import scored nine points, pulled down six rebounds in a victory over Ivory Coast (74-71), and got eight rebounds in a narrow defeat to the Czech Republic (80-79).
Jordan will compete in the King’s Cup competition, which will take place in Amman from August 7–11 and pit teams against Portugal, Mexico, and Angola.
EASL and the Commissioner’s Cup, which kicks off the season, both start in October.
Meanwhile, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Sunday night during the Ginebra-NLEX PBA On Tour game, Jeremiah Gray suffered a dislocated knee.
After directly escorting the sophomore guard to the Medical City hospital soon after the incident that happened late in the third period, coach Tim Cone made the injury official.
Jeremiah’s knee was dislocated. The two-time grand slam coach, who took time off from leading Gilas Pilipinas to witness the final preseason game, stated that the doctors were able to straighten and put the knee back in position.
When the 26-year-old Gray suffered a knee injury in 2021 after an unfortunate landing after a dunk while competing for TNT in the PBA 3×3, the ailment was initially thought to be another ACL case.
Gray, the No. 2 choice overall in the previous draft, had surgery and rehabilitation in the US before arriving back in his own land and starting to play for Ginebra in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Cone said the shooting guard was still being examined to see whether surgery was required.