Jojo Lastimosa, the coach of the Tropang Giga, is well aware of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s desire to return to the NBA. However, if his plan doesn’t work out, he is always welcome to return to the Tropang Giga. The Best Import awardee steered TNT to its first-ever PBA Governors’ Cup championship over the weekend, and Lastimosa said, “If he doesn’t get to the NBA, then sure, we’d love him back.”

Hollis-Jefferson, who previously played for six seasons for teams Brooklyn, Toronto, and Portland, also loves the idea of returning to TNT and becoming its resident import following the success he had in his first tour of duty with the team. However, he also made his plan of trying to make it back in the NBA known. “I’m taking another shot at the NBA, so we’ll see how it all unfolds,” said the import.


Hollis-Jefferson joins a select few imports who steered TNT to a PBA championship, including Paul Harris, Ivan Johnson, Silas Mills, and Tee McClary. The Tropang Giga has been impressed by his smooth plays and calm demeanor despite coming in as a mid-conference replacement for high-scoring Jalen Hudson. Hollis-Jefferson’s leadership ability was also evident when he helped the Tropang Giga overcome a team as talented and experienced as Ginebra in a best-of-seven title series.

No wonder Lastimosa has mixed emotions about the import’s plan of making an NBA return. “I wish he would get it, but at the same time, I don’t so that he would come back here,” said the 59-year-old mentor in jest. But kidding aside, Lastimosa wants nothing but for Hollis-Jefferson to achieve his goal. “I always want him to get the best for him, which is to play in the NBA,” he added.

In conclusion, if Hollis-Jefferson’s plan to make an NBA comeback does not work out, TNT is open to welcoming him back with open arms. The Tropang Giga recognizes the import’s talent and leadership ability.