JASON Forte insisted that it was more mental and emotional exhaustion – rather than physical – that affected his performance in his debut for Rain or Shine on Friday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The returning import, who’s in his fourth stint in the league, wound up with just 10 points – missing all but one of his eight free-throw attempts – six boards, one assist, and one block in less than 17 minutes off the bench in the 103-88 win over Mahindra.
“I’m not really tired. It’s easy to adjust to being physically exhausted, but mentally and emotionally, it’ll take a toll because of the excitement,” Forte said after the game. “But I’m great. I’m glad to be back.”
“I got the first-game jitters out as you can see me from the free-throw line,” he added. “But that’s just me taking my time, not really rushing everything, and getting the jitters out. But I’m glad we came away with the win against one of the top-ranked teams.”
E-Painters coach Yeng Guiao, however, stressed that the 32-year-old Forte should be adjusted in time for their game against NLEX in two days' time.
“I’m just guessing it’s (free-throw woes) just the jetlag, but on Sunday, there should be no excuses,” the fiery coach said.
“I told him he can’t miss that many free throws,” he added. “A lot of games are going to be won by three or four points, that means it’s free throws that you miss or you make. And then with the rules as they are right now, you’re going to get to the free-throw line more often.”