Before flying to Manila, Alaska’s new import Shane Edwards already knew that his PBA foray is nothing more than just a pit stop.
But his temporary status didn’t prevent him from giving his best as evidenced in his auspicious debut Wednesday night.
An NBA D-League veteran who played for 3 different teams, Edwards flashed his mean form, delivering the telling blows all game long to help Alaska pull off a 108-100 come-from-behind victory against the fast-fading Tropang TNT.
“We (with Alaska coach Alex Compton) had that talk before I flew out here,” Edwards told media men, moments after dropping solid numbers of 36 points and 20 rebounds in his PBA debut.
“But as of right now, I’m just here to do my job.”
Edwards came in as a temporary replacement for former Best Import Robert Dozier, who is still recuperating from a plantar fasciitis injury on his left foot.
Edwards wished Alaska’s comebacking reinforcement speedy recovery, while assuring the Aces that as long as he’s playing, they can expect his 100-percent effort every game.
“I hope Rob a speedy recovery,” said Edwards, who was measured a shade under 6-foot-7 had a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.
“While I’m here, I’m just gonna try to do everything I can to try to help the club win.”
Alaska coach Alex Compton doesn’t want to make a quick conclusion following Edwards’ explosive debut, reserving his comment after a few more games.
“I really hope Shane gives me a hard time, but we love Rob,” said Compton.
“Shane came in because Rob’s injured. I hope we win every game with Shane and then, let me deal with that problem (of choosing again between Edwards or Dozier), but to tell you, Rob was awesome in practice before he got hurt.”
Alaska will be shooting for its 2nd straight win in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup when it faces Rain or Shine on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. – By Richard Dy
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