by Brian Yalung

Former Columbian Dyip import John Fields will be returning for another tour of duty, this time suiting up for the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The 31-year-old Fields is currently playing for the Singapore Slingers in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Finals against the CLS Knights Indonesia. The Slingers lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

“It really just happened these last couple of days. I was very honored to hear from them that they had interest in me,” said Fields in an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin Sports Online.

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Reggie Johnson of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters tries to stop John Fields of Columbina Dyip. Dyip won, 104-96. (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

“It feels great to return. This is the most amazing country (Philippines) to play basketball at a high level in and I’m glad to be back!” he added.

Unlike his last stint, Fields knows that he will be joining a talented team and is expected to provide inside presence. He admits that there is pressure and that it is all part of every job.

“I know Magnolia is really talented. They have a lot of playmakers and shooters really look forward playing with those guys. When you are the import, there is always pressure in every job you have. You must produce!” he replied.

The last time he was here, he was a force to reckon with in the middle. And looking ahead, he promises to bring the same passion and lead the Hotshots to victory.

“Fans can expect a player with a lot of energy and passion who wants to win as much as possible,” said Fields.

One facet expected from Fields is his defensive presence. He knows he will be up against other taller reinforcements and tall local cagers like June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra. He says he is up to the task.

“I played in the league before. I know the incredible talent. I have to face it and I’m ready for the task,” said Fields.

With his impending arrival, Fields ended the interview by revealing his goal with the Magnolia Hotshots.

“I wanna shoutout all the Magnolia fans and know that the goal is to win a championship!” ended Fields.

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