Mar 05, 2021

Williams reunited with Chot after coming out of retirement

THE TNT Tropang Giga again reached out from the past in its bid to regain lost glory.

With champion coach Chot Reyes at the helm, the team also tapped the services of former MVP Kelly Williams anew to add veteran presence in its coming campaign for the league's 46th season.

The 39-year-old forward was signed to a two-year deal by the franchise and began practicing under Reyes this week.

"Kelly really missed playing ball," said team manager Gabby Cui.

The 6-foot-6 Williams made a surprising announcement September of last year when he posted on his Facebook page that he's finally retiring from playing while the Tropang Giga were in the midst of their preparations for the season restart of the Philippine Cup in a bubble at Clark.

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But talks of a possible return to active play by the Fil-Am big man from Detroit, Michigan came about shortly after Reyes assumed anew the head coaching job of TNT three weeks ago.

Not soon after, Williams was back grinding with the rest of the Tropang Giga at the Moro Lorenzo gym.

It's no secret of course, Reyes was the one who first saw Williams in the US and convinced him to come over to the country and play in the PBA.

Williams, nicknamed 'Machine Gun Kelly,' went on to suit up for Reyes in the Philippine team during the 2007 FIBA Asia Men's Championship in Tokushima, Japan.

He also won four championships playing under Reyes at TNT, a moment Williams hopes to relive now that he is reunited with his mentor and discoverer.

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"His leadership and experience will help us achieve success in the coming conference," said Cui.

"Welcome home Kelly. Great to have you back," added TNT Team Governor and PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas. (RG)