Sleepless Antoine Wright confident he can bring the right stuff next time out
“I really wish I had a better showing, but I don’t make excuses for my performance,” says Antoine Wright. “I’m a competitive guy. And today, I just didn’t have it for whatever reason.” Jaime Campos

ANTOINE Wright refused to make excuses over his sluggish performance in his debut for Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night.

The Elasto Painters import, who replaced the injured Wayne Chism, wound up with just 16 points on 4-of-16 shooting and eight boards in 28 minutes as the NBA veteran failed to live up to expectations.

“I really wish I had a better showing, but I don’t make excuses for my performance,” Wright said. “I’m a competitive guy. And today, I just didn’t have it for whatever reason.”

The 32-year-old Wright, though, admitted seeing action in his first competitive action in seven months.

“It’s been a while since I played an official game, so there was a lot of rust today,” he admitted. “I had some plays on defense where guys just went around me and for whatever reason, my legs wouldn’t react the way I wanted them to.”

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Having no sleep after arriving earlier in the day also didn’t help.

“I got here 3 in the morning. I haven’t slept,” Wright admitted. “I went to the hotel, practiced, got measured, back to hotel, then to the game.”

“I’m looking forward to the next game,” the 15th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft added.

Wright, though, pointed to one silver lining, believing he fits the Elasto Painters’ run-and-gun system to a T.

“It suits my game, so I know next game it will be better for me,” he said. “I’m almost sure.”

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