SAN Miguel import Tyler Wilkerson is expected to report for practice, a night after coming close to walking out of the team's post-game huddle at the dugout following the Game Two loss to Rain or Shine in their PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal series.
After having the time to reflect on the dugout drama of Tuesday night, Wilkerson was calm when he spoke to team officials and coaches on Wednesday morning, a source from the Beermen's management team bared.
“Frustrated kasi yung mama. May ibang nangyari sa laro na hindi niya nagustuhan, especially some bad decisions of his teammates on the floor,” said the team official who asked not to be identified.
“But still, it’s not an excuse. We’re here as team and he should realize that. He probably realized that,” he added.
Wilkerson was clearly frustrated after the 96-98 loss to Rain or Shine that left the Beermen 0-2 down in the best-of-five series. He stormed out of the dugout then was prevailed upon to return, only to leave abruptly while he was heard shouting, "Take me back to America."
However, one team official said the former Marshall Thundering Herd has asked for an opportunity to apologize to the team after their practice on Wednesday.
“He wants to say sorry and we understand,” he said.
Wilkerson has been known to throw tantrums during practices and games, something that is no longer new for most high-caliber imports in the league.
“Magaling na player eh. Usually talaga yung ganyang caliber may tendency na topakin. Hindi na lang namin pinapatulan,” said the team official.
Asked if the Beermen is looking for a possible ‘Plan B,' the San Miguel official was non-committal.
“Hindi natin masabi eh. Depende on how he will behave in the next few days, on whether or not he’ll appear in today’s practice, pero we stand by his promise, dadating siya,” he said of Wilkerson, who is averaging 36.6 points, 14.27 rebounds, 2.67 assists, 1.4 assists and 2 blocks per game in the conference.
“He’s a valuable asset but he should know his limits,” added the official.