Chris Ross hopes Asian import Abdeen will make immediate impact for SMB

Chris Ross hopes incoming Jordanian import Mahmoud Abdeen could immediately make an impact for San Miguel Beer when he makes his PBA debut on Saturday against league-leader TNT in Batangas City.

Abdeen is set to arrive early Thursday morning and will immediately join the Beermen’s practice.

The six-foot Ross, who has been playing with a torn meniscus on his right knee, is not sure if he’ll be seating out the succeeding games with Abdeen around.

“We’ll see, but I don’t know what the plan is. Hopefully he can help us win. But whether if I cut on my minutes or what not, whatever happens, I hope he helps us win and get the  system really quick because we have a game on Saturday,” Ross told FOX Sports, shortly after the Beermen nosed out the Meralco Bolts, 110-106 Wednesday night.

The Beermen are currently tied at second spot with Barangay Ginebra Kings and Mahindra Enforcer at 6-2.

The three ball clubs, along with TNT, already earned spots in the playoffs.

The Fil-Am guard said he has been making progress on his right knee after undergoing therapy the past days. But after getting hit accidentally on right knee against the Bolts, he felt that might have caused a setback.

“I was starting to get a little bit better but I got hit again. I feel I took a few steps back, but there’s nothing I can do but play through it,” said Ross, who still contributed nine points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

The 31-year-old San Miguel playmaker said he’ll do anything for the team, whether he plays or stays at the bench and be the Beermen’s cheerleader.

“As long as they need me, I’ll be out there. But if not, then I’ll be cheering on them. Either way, I’ll be connected to the team,” he said. – Richard Dy

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