WATCHING Rob Dozier join Alaska's second team in a shooting drill after practice on Monday afternoon inevitably brings a smile to the face of head coach Alex Compton.
"Why not?" Compton said when asked why the team decided to bring back Dozier. "He plays hard, he practices hard, he's smart. Wala kang problema sa kanya. He's nice to be around.
"It's a no-brainer, really."
Dozier arrived in the country on Sunday for his third tour of duty with Alaska, which he led to its last championship in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup. The wiry import was brought back the following year but failed to return last season due to a prior commitment to play in Dubai, according to Compton.
Dozier can't wait to get going for the Aces.
“Just the same goal as always, to win as many games as possible and get back to the championship and get the chance to win another one,” he said when Spin.ph caught up with the former Best Import awardee after the Aces' practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
It was just his second day at practice but Dozier felt as if he was never gone for more than a year after his teammates gave him a warm welcome.
The lanky American reinforcement added that although it is his goal to win another title, he feels no pressure on him from the management or the fans.
“No, there’s no pressure (from anyone),” he said. “It’s going to be easy for me, it’s pretty much the same team having the same kind of chemistry we got.
"We just play basketball and we do a good job playing basketball together as a team and I think that’s the biggest thing for us.”
Alaska leads GlobalPort 3-1 in their best-of-seven semifinal series in the PBA Philippine Cup and Dozier is positive that the Aces can not only win the Final Four match-up but go all the way as well.
“I think they have a good chance at winning, they just need to go up and down the court, play offense and defense, keep playing as a team. They’re at a position to win it all, I’m supporting them a hundred percent,” he said.