IMPORT Evan Brock said he holds no grudge against Barako Bull, the team he played for in last season’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup before surprisingly being replaced by former Los Angeles Lakers backup center DJ Mbenga in the final stages of the campaign.
The 6-foot-7 Brock is back for a second tour of duty in the league though he’ll be suiting up this time for Globalport Batang Pier under new coach Pido Jarencio.
“What happened last year, I understand the business decision. But did I like the decision so to speak? No, because I’m a player, and this is my job and this is what I do,” Brock shared to Spin.ph.
“But you have to respect (the decision) as far as business for the team is concerned, though I’m happy to be back and take advantage of the opportunities.”
Brock helped Barako Bull to a 4-7 win-loss record while averaging 21.1 points, 16 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.6 blocks in 40.8 minutes of play before being sent home in favor of Mbenga who proved out of shape as the Energy crashed out in no time.
Incidentally, the import scored 19 of his 22 points for the Batang Pier in the second half in his first meeting with Barako Bull since last year. Globalport forced the Energy Cola to an 89-89 standoff in their tune-up game on Thursday.
Seeing action in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league for the second straight year, Brock said he’s happy to compete under a new environment where he is surrounded by a good mix of young and veteran players under the tutelage of Jarencio.
“I have a lot of confidence in our young players. The chemistry is good and I have great confidence,” said the former Alabama standout.
“They (Batang Pier) work hard and we have Alex (Cabagnot) as our new veteran point guard. So with him behind us, too, I think it will be great.”
Brock helped Globalport to a 2-1 win-loss record in the Cebu Charter Day Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament recently, beating Talk ‘N Text and the Tagoloan Tigers, a commercial ballclub from Misamis Oriental.