RAIN OR Shine is set to field its own version of “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” when it opens its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign on Friday night against GlobalPort.
The Elasto Painters are parading import J.D. Weatherspoon, who compared his athleticism to a younger Vince Carter.
“(My) athleticism, I would say like Vince Carter when he was younger,” the ROS import said in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice on Monday. “Now, he’s worked on his shot even better, so his shot’s got better. That’s one of my favorite players.”
Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia agreed with Weatherspoon’s statement, but stressed that it’s not all the high-flying 6-foot-4 ½ wingman can boast of.
“He’s been shooting the ball pretty well,” Garcia said. “Minsan, he can post up also, so in short, parang what we see in him is a player that we lack – somebody who can post up and shoot from the outside, which our bigs can also do, pero syempre, iba yung athleticism niya, talagang he really jumps high.”
Incidentally, Blackwater import Trevis Simpson has also been dubbed ‘The Vince Carter of Euroleague.’
Weatherspoon is simply hoping his high-wire act would infect his local teammates.
“I’ve always been the type of player who tries to energize my team, run up and down the court, finishing strong above the rim, and just get my team involved,” the 24-year-old cager said. “If I’m open, I’ll definitely take the open shot.”
“(And) coach Caloy says he likes how I can defend one thru five (spot), so I’m definitely on the defensive end, start from there,” he added.
Like Carter, who’s still searching for his first NBA title at 40, Weatherspoon is also eager to lead the E-Painters to a championship in a conference where grand slam-seeking San Miguel Beer is tagged as the team to beat.
“I didn’t come this far to lose, so I definitely would want the whole thing, so a championship is definitely the goal,” Weatherspoon, who last played in Norway, said.