Shifting gear and focus now with the Meralco Bolts, head coach Norman Black wants Asian import Mohammad Jamshidi to prove his worth and make a splash in his PBA debut in the upcoming Governors’ Cup.
“I expect him to come and contribute, become a quality player for us so he can be part of our rotation,” said Black to FOX Sports.
Black was coming from his national team duties as one of Gilas assistant coaches while the 24-year old wingman was part of the Iranian squad that recently competed in the Turin, Italy leg of the Olympic qualifier.
Though the Iranian star was fresh from a disappointing OQT campaign also, Black knows a thing or two of Jamshidi, who can be a dangerous asset for the Bolts.
Jamshidi, who is expected to arrive on Wednesday, contributed a total of 22 points, 7 assists, and 2 rebounds in Iran’s 2 defeats against Greece and Mexico in the elimination.
“I’ve been part of the national team for quite a while now so I know he can play,” added 58-year old champion coach, but noted it will be going to be a ‘wait-and-see’ process.
Whether Jamshidi will translate well in the Asia’s oldest professional league or not, Black feels Meralco needs to pick up where they left off.
“Hopefully, the target is like what we did last conference which make it back to the semis and if we are lucky enough to get there, then will take it from there,” he said on the Bolts, who hasn’t drop a single tune-up game yet this break.
Black and the Bolts will take on newly-named head coach Ariel Vanguardia and the Phoenix Fuel Masters to formally kick off the start of the third conference. – By Jason Mercene
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