ROBERT Dozier can easily produce a double-double on a nightly basis, but has yet to cope with the physical brand of basketball in the PBA.
This was Alaska Milk coach Luigi Trillo’s early assessment of their import, a former Miami Heat draftee who banged in 21 points in the Aces’ close 83-81 win over Lhuillier in the Sinulog Cup in Cebu City on Thursday night.
“I think he’s coming along well. I like what I saw,” Trillo told Spin.ph. “He’s got some skills, showed post moves, but is still adjusting to the physicality of the game.”
Still, Trillo believes the 27-year-old Dozier, one of the last players to be cut from the Heat’s final lineup prior to the start of the current NBA season, is a double-double machine because of his skill set.
“I thought he played really well. And the way he played, he could score twenty points and grab 10 rebounds per game,” noted the 37-year-old Alaska mentor of the 6-foot-9 former Memphis Tiger standout.
Alaska, which pushed Talk ‘N Text to six games before bowing to the eventual champion in their Philippine Cup semifinal series, is one of the pre-tournament favorites in the Commissioner’s Cup.
However, Trillo admitted his team is still groping for form having returned to practice just less than two weeks ago.
“The team had a little bit of a struggle as we played against the hometown team. But it’s a great experience and good way to prepare for the second conference,” said Trillo.
Alaska, which ruled this same tournament prior to the start of the Philippine Cup this season, returns to action on Friday night against Ginebra, which dropped an 83-90 decision to sister team Petron in Thursday’s second game.