ASIDE from home team Gilas Pilipinas and NBA veterans Yi Jianlian and Hamed Hadadi, Taipei's Douglas Creighton has been attracting his share of attention in the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship.
Creighton is a can’t-miss figure at the sidelines before and after the team's matches as he is constantly sought for interviews by the Taiwanese media and gets a lot of requests for photo opportunities from fans.
Of late, it's not just his looks but also his game that ellicited shrieks from female fans, more so after the 28-year-old forward hit four three-pointers in the Taiwanese’ 90-67 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday.
“So far, we are playing good as a team. We have no injuries, which is something we don’t hope for,” said Creighton, who started playing for the Chinese Taipei team last year.
Creighton, who was raised in Taiwan by an American father but studied at Madonna University in Michigan, said basketball is pretty big in Taiwan.
“Back home, basketball players are relatively popular. The league is fairly small so everyone knows everyone,” he said.
He, however, downplayed his own popularity.
“Everyone is popular. There are a lot more players more popular than me, you can trust me on that,” he said.
Creighton, however, expects the opposite when they play the Philippines on Saturday.
“It will be loud. No one is going to be cheering for us,” said Creighton with a smile.
He is hoping that his team will continue to be proficient during games, especially on its outside shots.
“It’s very important every game. If we hit our outside shots, it’s going to be easy for our big guys to get easy baskets and open up the middle,” said Creighton.