NATURALIZED Marcus Douthit admits being surprised by his call-up to play in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup but vowed to make the most of the opportunity with expansion team Blackwater.
After negotiations with his American agent and getting a clearance from world governing body Fiba, Douthit agreed to play as a stand-in import for the Elite until the Dioceldo Sy franchise's import, Chris Charles, recovers from a hamstring injury.
“I am quite surprised, not very excited, to play in the PBA today. I had no intentions of playing in the PBA until 24 hours ago,” Douthit told Spin.ph shortly after joining Blackwater’s practice on Friday morning.
Although he’s been away from competitive basketball since his tumultuous stint with Gilas Pilipinas as a late replacement for Andray Blatche in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea last October, Douthit said he's already used to such situations.
“I’m used to it. That’s how my stint has been, being dumped into that kind of situation, so no surprise now,” he said. “I’m exactly done with these kinds of surprises!
“I haven’t played basketball for months, but I try to bring back my old form. I am only 75 percent of my old self. But I am trying to get it back,” he added.
He recalled a similar scenario when he was tapped on short notice by Air21.
“I’ve been in this kind of situation before with Air21, they came from a conference without a win, and I helped them win three games, we won our first three games then,” he recalled, adding he expects to play at least three games with Blackwater.
Douthit also is not putting a lot of pressure on himself in his appearance with Blackwater, which has yet to win a single game since joining the pro league as one of two expansion teams at the start of the season.
“I have no pressure, I am just basically replacing an injured import and wait for him to come back,” he said. “One win is better than what they did last conference. I am going to help this team out until they have their import back.”
With a young and tall lineup of imports in the PBA, Douthit vowed "not to back down against anyone."
“I am not worried about nobody out there. I’ve played against the best in the world. So nobody out there that surprises me,” he said.
Here's a podcast of full interview with Douthit:
The hardworking Filipino naturalized cager finally agreed to terms on Thursday night after a series of talks with Blackwater management led by alternate governor Wilbert Loa.
Meanwhile, Blackwater assistant coach and trainer Daniel Olan told Spin.ph that Charles will need atleast two more weeks to recuperate.
“Nakapahinga pa siya eh. Mga estimate ko isa o dalawang linggo, kasi depende pa 'yan sa therapy na binibigay sa kanya,” said Olan of Charles who is being handled by Healthway Clinic staff.
“One week na siyang injured. And pahinga lang saka we’re monitoring yung kanyang aggressive therapy. Positive naman so far yung improvement niya. Gusto na nga niyang maglaro eh,” added the team trainer.
The seven-foot Charles sustained his injury while playing in the team’s tune-up game versus the GlobalPort last week.