ANTOINE Wright gained a lease on life as Rain or Shine’s import in the PBA Commissioner’s after putting up an all-around showing in the blowout win over NLEX on Friday.
Although he shot a paltry 6-of-16 clip from the field, the NBA veteran registered 20 points, nine boards, seven assists, and two steals in 36 minutes to help the Elasto Painters arrest a three-game losing streak.
“I’m getting more comfortable with my teammates,” Wright said. “They get more comfortable with me, knowing what I like to do, where I like the ball at.”
E-Painters coach Yeng Guiao particularly praised his import’s defense on NLEX counterpart Al Thornton, who was held to just 19 points.
“He was instrumental in limiting the production of Al Thornton, who’s one of the best scoring imports in this league,” Guiao said. “He did the job for us on both ends.”
Wright definitely takes pride on his work on the defensive end.
“That’s part of my game,” the American wingman said. “A lot of times, imports come here and they just score the ball. But I can do a little bit of everything: I can guard and defend, I can rebound, I can assist, and I try to play the whole game.”
And the 32-year-old cager, who had been inactive for seven months before getting the call from the Elasto Painters, feels he still has a lot more to offer.
“I’m still getting my legs, still getting my rhythm. I know I could do a lot more,” he said. “Today, I was a little limited in terms of we were up, so I didn’t get the run and the conditioning that I need. But every day in practice, we’re getting better and that’s something to build on.”
Still, Guiao is not ruling out making a replacement.
“We have to make an evaluation whether we want to keep him or make that decision to get another import in,” the veteran mentor said. “But the way he played today, of course, will give us second thoughts.”