Rain or Shine import Antoine Wright came out with a more complete game against NLEX, prompting coach Yeng Guiao to have 2nd thoughts on whether to replace him or not.
The NBA veteran churned out an all-around effort of 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while more importantly limiting NLEX’s high-scoring import Al Thornton to just 19 as the Elasto Painters rolled to an easy 121-94 win Friday night.
“We will meet with management and coaching staff on Saturday,” Guiao told media men after the game as they try to make a decision on whether to ship the former New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets forward out or not.
“He’s improving every game. He exercised leadership in this game and he was instrumental in limiting the production of Al Thornton who is one of the best scoring imports in this league,” he added.
Before playing his 3rd PBA game, the 6-foot-7 Wright averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, which by import standards, are average numbers.
Yet, the defensive effort he displayed, along with the rebounds and assists he provided for the Elasto Painters got Guiao thinking.
“He did the job for us on both ends, and of course, we have to make an evaluation on whether we wanna keep him or make that decision to get another import in,” explained the fiery Rain or Shine coach.
“But the way he played today, of course that gives us 2nd thoughts.”
Meantime, Wright believes he’s slowly getting his rhythm back after being away from competitive basketball for over 7 months.
“When you’re coming off to not playing the last 7 to 8 months, and coming to a situation you knew the season is ongoing and you had no chance to work in preseason, so you kinda hit the ground running,” Wright said.
“Right now, I’m still trying to get my legs, still getting my rhythm, but I know I can do a lot more.” – By Richard Dy
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