GLOBALPORT import Justin Williams admitted that he "felt bad" over reports that the ballclub is looking for an import replacement, but said he cannot do anything about it but play better.
“Yeah, I felt bad, but I know it’s all part of the business. It’s nothing really I can do but come out and play better,” said Williams on Friday, five days after a five-point performance in an 89-90 loss to Meralco sparked talks that he is on the way out.
The 6-10 Williams is the conference's leading rebounder and shot-blocker, but team officials have openly talked about his lack of offense especially at crunchtime.
Globalport team owner Mikee Romero has even confirmed to Spin.ph that the ballclub is scouting for possible new imports, with former Los Angeles Lakers DJ Mbenga and Brian Cook high on his list.
Williams, however, said he is out to use those talks as prime motivation to do better for the team.
“I’ll just take it as a motivation. It’s frustrating, but I’ll try to be better next game”, the Chicago, Illinois native said while at the same time blaming a bum stomach for his poor performance in his last game.
“I’ll just go and play my game like it is my last. I won’t get comfortable and have no let-ups,” Williams added. “I don’t know what this game (against San Mig Coffee) will do or won’t do (for my stint in the team)."
But the former University of Wyoming forward said he will not change how he plays to please team officials, insisting the Batang Pier have enough scorers to take care of the offense.
“I can be aggressive, but I’m not gonna force the issue. I am here not to score 30 points, that’s not my game. But I can grab 30 rebounds,” Williams said. “I am here to help this team win. I am not gonna change my game."
“I have no idea what they really want, but I feel I am a perfect fit (for the team). If that’s (offensive import) what they need, I presume we have enough offense in the team,” the former Sacramento King added.
Despite the heartbreaking losses to Meralco and Barako Bull that dropped Globalport to 2-3 (win-loss), Williams said the team is in good shape to make a run at a championship.
“We were three points away from being a 4-1, not like we’re getting blown out. One game we were blown out, yeah, but it’s not like we struggled in scoring,” said Williams. “Defense in our team is very important, and I am going to continue to do that."