OTHER than serving as inspiration, Henry 'Bill' Walker also serves as the glue for a Blackwater team that's currently on the rise in the PBA Governors Cup.
Proof of how a team man he is, the prolific import wants to have the entire Elite team along with him as he watches the blockbuster Floyd Mayweather Jr-Conor McGregor fight this Sunday via pay-per-view.
Walker has asked Blackwater management to adjust its morning practice so the team can watch the highly-anticipated bout together.
“Pumayag na ang management,“ coach Leo Isaac disclosed as he said arrangements had already been made to move the team practice on Sunday from its regular start of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
“So after practice, we’ll go straight to a bar that will show the McGregor-Mayweather fight and watch together as a team.”
And who couldn turn down the request of the man mainly responsible for turning around the Elite’s campaign in the mid-season tournament.
After starting the meet with three straight losses with the injured Trevis Simpson on board, Blackwater has won its next three outings following the entry of Walker, including a 111-106 victory in double overtime against hard-luck Alaska Aces on Wednesday night that gave the franchise its first ever three-game winning streak since entering the league in 2014.
Watching the mega-million boxing bout together is Walker’s way of further strengthening the bond of the team, according to Isaac.
“He’s bringing the team closer to each other,” said the Blackwater mentor of the 29-year-old former NBA player, who Isaac said serves as the team’s ‘inspiration.’
“He said he can watch it on his own, but he wants everybody to be with him. He wants to watch the event with the team.”
Walker, who had stints with Boston, New York, and Miami in the NBA, confirmed the idea to watch the fight with the entire team was really his idea to further strengthen the camaraderie of the Elite.
“I just want to get the guys to be around as much as possible, just to get that mentality of togetherness and do things as a team,” said the hotshot import, a second-round pick (47th overall) by the Washington Wizards during the 2008 draft and in his third tour of duty in the PBA.
“It’s just a little bonding and watching another sport with guys competing at a highest level, giving their all. It’s the type of culture were trying to build here.”
Asked by SPIN.ph who he is rooting for, Walker was non-committal and said he just wants to watch and enjoy the fight that could break all existing pay-per-view records.
“The thing is, I don’t know,” shrugged Walker. “I just want to watch the fight. Both guys are on top of their game as far as their respective fields, so it’s gonna be a battle.”