GLOBALPORT incoming import Calvin Wagner sat out the team’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Alaska Wednesday night, but nonetheless gave him an idea on how the game is being played in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
“Probably, I’ll play more inside with this team, try to be physical down low, and get more rebounds, just go bump and grind,” Warner told Spin.ph on Tuesday after watching on the sidelines as the Batang Pier demolished the Aces, 95-73.
Warner, the shortest import in the mid-season tournament measured just a shade below 6-foot-5, was originally set to play for the Batang Pier against the Aces in lieu of CJ Leslie.
But his failure to secure clearance from the Jordan national basketball federation prevented him from seeing action against Alaska.
Nonetheless, Warner said the game gave him an idea on what to expect in the league and how he can help Globalport.
Warner is coming off a stint with the ASU Sports Club in Jordan’s Premiere basketball league.
While the league is noticeably physical compared to other leagues he has played in the Middle East, the former Jacksonville Dolphin forward said he is unfazed by the bumps and grinds that will come his way.
“It’s basketball, so I don’t really worry about that (physicality) too much,” he said.
“I’m a physical player anyway, so I just gotta play through it just like any other place. Sometimes here, that’s the way they played and it looks like a bad call, but you gotta play through it.”
Warner has played in Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the Korean Basketball League with the LG Sakers, where he averaged 16.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per contest during the 2008 season.
He was also a one-time Iran Super League Center of the Year.
Globalport has enough time to get Warner’s clearance from Jordan as the team won’t plunge back into action until Sunday against league-leader Meralco at the Mall of Asia Arena.