MIKE Harris has won championships in places he played around the world.
He hopes to add the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to his title collection.
“That’s what you play for,” said the Alaska rookie import as he looks forward to the Aces’ best-of-seven finals series against the Magnolia Hotshots that begins on Dec. 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“My main focus here is to try to help lead the guys,” he stressed.
The 35-year-old Harris, who had stints with the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, and the Utah Jazz, had won championships in the NBA D-League, the BSN (Baloncesto Superior Nacional) in Puerto Rico, and in the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) in his 13-year playing career that also saw him play in Ukraine and Beirut.
He was also an MVP and D-League All-Star, and an MVP and two-time Finals MVP in the BSN.
Now he’s also on track of doing the same thing for the Aces.
Harris currently leads the race for the Best Import Award, which he’s expected to crowd out along with Magnolia’s Romeo Travis, a former winner of the award while still with Alaska three years ago.
He has also steered Alaska back to the finals two years after the Aces lost to Rain or Shine in the Commissioner’s Cup title series.
Coach Alex Compton credits Harris’ durability to his self-discipline.
“Mike is awesome. He’s so strong because he works so hard on his body,” said the Alaska coach, who’s been after the import’s service for a long time now.
“He’s an absolute animal on how he works on his body. He really works on it everyday harder than I’ve ever seen a single import works on his body.”
But to steer the Aces on the way to the top, Harris said he can’t do it by himself.
“It’s not about me, it’s about us. We have a saying ‘We Not Me,’” said the Hillsboro, Texas native.