American import Antoine Wright’s PBA job might be hanging in the balance at this point, but the Rain or Shine reinforcement is keeping a positive disposition.
Proof of that is the 32-year-old Wright’s forward-looking perspective as he looks forward to defending San Miguel Beer’s prolific import Tyler Wilkerson next week.
And that is, if Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao decides to stick with him as the team’s import for the rest of the conference.
“I started watching him (Wilkerson) play for the first time when he scored 50 points,” Wright told media men, moments after finishing with an all-around game of 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in Rain or Shine’s runaway 121-94 ripping of NLEX Friday night.
The 15th overall pick of the Nets in the 2005 NBA Draft was also lauded by Guiao for holding NLEX’s sweet-shooting import Al Thornton to just 19 markers, a far cry from the latter’s conference average of 35.2 points.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, but I know it’ not gonna be nothing different from me than playing in the NBA against some of the greatest in the world because it’s not a situation when you get intimidated,” he added.
Wilkerson actually topped Thornton’s 50-point effort in NLEX’s 114-112 win over Barangay Ginebra last February 12 by dropping 52 last week in San Miguel’s 120-109 win over GlobalPort.
That game saw the former Marshall University standout nail 7-of-11 3-point shots.
But Wright was hardly unfazed.
“You look forward to the challenge and you just try to make it tough on him (Wilkerson),” said the former NBA journeyman, who had stints with the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings from 2005 to 2010.
“He’s a good player like Al Thornton,” noted the former Texas A&M University standout.“He makes tough shots, but we will try to get the win.” – By Richard Dy
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