Coach Alex Compton reiterated he’s not in a hurry to bring back Robert Dozier, who for the past 2 weeks has been undergoing treatment due to plantar fasciitis injury on his left foot.
The Alaska coach is actually facing a “good problem” so to speak considering that the Aces have racked up 3 straight wins with replacement import Shane Edwards in tow.
Edwards dropped 33 points, hauled down 16 rebounds, added 3 steals and 3 blocks to lead the Aces to a 105-89 demolition of the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday night.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers forward currently averages 30.6 points, 15.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals.
No wonder, Compton wouldn’t want to rock the boat. At least, not yet.
“So Shane played great again and we won 3 straight but like I said and I will keep reiterating with the same statement, sana mahirapan ako kapag healthy na si Rob. Iyun talaga wish ko, para lalo ma-stress ako,” Compton said in a mixture of English and Filipino.
The American coach explained that Dozier is still doing rehab on his left foot, while emphasizing once more that such injury might take a while to heal.
“Rob’s a great guy. He does all the work, rehab and everything as hard as he can, but it takes you a little while for injuries to heal. Just some stuff we can’t accelerate,” he said.
By next Wednesday, the Alaska mentor said the former Best Import will undergo diagnostics test once more on his foot to see the progress he’s had so far.
But then again, Compton also mentioned the 6-foot-8 import will have to practice with the team first from there.
“I’m actually not sure yet. We’ll get Rob’s diagnostics done right around the time of the Ginebra game, but he’s not yet at the point of the healing process,” shared Compton.
“We’ll know where he’s at if he can start practicing. Pero player din iyan eh. Hindi naman robot iyan, so when he’s healthy, he’ll need to practice first.”
Alaska, currently at 2nd spot, shoots for a 4th straight win next Wednesday against the streaking Ginebra side (3-2). – By Richard Dy
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