It was a brief but outstanding career in the PBA where Jonathan Simmons was able to flawlessly showcase his skill and athleticism for everyone to see. But he has to move on and anchor his sights on higher grounds in China.
Currently, it has been a week since Simmons was last seen playing in the PBA. The NLEX Road Warriors were led by the NBA veteran to smoothly render a 4-0 record. Magnificently commendable stats averaging 37 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game is no mean feat.
Reached out for his feedback on how he found the game here as well as his reason for leaving the country, he said that he has to focus and make sure that he is able to provide for his family. Being part of the Road Warriors and playing in Asia’s oldest professional basketball league only garnered good words from Simmons.
“All A-plus for me and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back and play for Coach Frankie [Lim],” Simmons said after his final game last February 4, when NLEX defeated the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.
He has always classified himself as a “family guy,” and he reiterated that, indeed, the main reason and driving force for him to decide to move to China is based on this completely. He needs to consider his remaining good years as a strong player is currently at 33 years of age. Without a doubt, he has to make the most of the coming years ahead and make it big. China would be the best place next to the NBA.
If ever he is considered and drafted for the NBA, he wouldn’t hesitate to go back and be in the biggest league in the world. After all, who could refuse a chance to be part of one of the NBA teams? Hopefully, the Phoenix Suns — now have a formidable triad composed of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Chris Paul — can use some help.
Fans tagged as JSimms, he was also called, “The Juice”, back in this time as a San Antonio Spur for his optimum basketball moves and stats. He was able to deliver and go smoothly as one of the most athletic strongmen.
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Wishing Simmons all the best from the Philippines and may his career direction toward China carry him through to his objective to get his family a solid future he always aims for and aspires to materialize.
Every Filipino breadwinner, most especially those who are working in other countries, will definitely get teary-eyed as they relate to how valiant one needs to be when wanting to make sure your family is protected and financially secure. Aim high, Simmons and you’ll definitely get there and more. Guys, you can post your “fare-thee-wells” to Simmons in our comment section below. If you’d like to see in-depth articles on our pages, please let us know as well. We’ll have them ready for you, pronto! Cheers!