No hard feelings for axed James White, says Mahindra will always be 'family'
James White's stint with Mahindra last season lasted just four games. Jerome Ascano

JAMES White said he has no hard feelings against Mahindra even after he was given the pink slip by the team in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

To prove it, White showed up to support the team from behind the Floodbuster bench during a 97-83 loss to the Star Hotshots on Wednesday night.

White was replaced on short notice by Keith Wright but the move hardly changed his feelings for a franchise he considers as ‘family.’

“No hard feelings, man. We all know the business of pro basketball. This is all part of business,” said White as he waits for his teammates outside of the Mahindra dugout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum shortly after the game.

“I’m always thankful to Mahindra for the opportunity they’ve given me. They are a family to me.”

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Mahindra deputy coach Chris Gavina appreciated the effort White showed in  supporting the team despite their unexpected parting of ways.

“We love James. James is family to us,” he said of the import who led the team to its first-ever playoffs appearance in the Governors Cup last season. “His show of support right now shows his level of professionalism, being able to still support his guys he fought with game to game.”

Now that he’s not playing, the boyish-looking import said he’ll try to see the country before going back to the US. He mentioned Boracay and Palawan as possible destination.

And once he’s back home, White plans to try his luck in the NBA

“That’s my goal,” he stressed. “But that’s not in my hands. It’s in God’s hands.”

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