BILL Walker insisted he’s not a miracle worker who can suddenly lead Blackwater to a postseason berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup by his mere arrival.
The returning Elite import played his first game on Wednesday night, but couldn’t save Blackwater from reeling to a seventh successive defeat, this time at the hands of NLEX, 93-89.
Although they remain mathematically alive in the playoff race, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, the Elite’s chances look dim as Walker set his sights on the season-ending conference.
“This conference? We need a miracle,” Walker said. “But we are gearing up for the Governors’ Cup. We're getting our defense together, our chemistry.”
“We are building towards the Governors’ Cup and hopefully win a championship,” he added.
Walker typified his team’s woes as he contributed just 12 points after missing all but two of his 15 shots, against 15 boards, five steals, three assists, and one block in almost 44 minutes of play.
Still, the former NBA player saw some positives against the Road Warriors as the Elite stayed winless.
“Today, I was happy with what I saw with (Allein) Maliksi. He came alive after struggling the past few games. He's going to be very vital to us,” Walker said. “Poy (Erram), he bounced back after the first half. And he was the All-Star we needed.”
“I just think that we are not coming around,” he added. “I just think that they got to better believe in themselves on what they can do because they've actually seen it during the process.”