AFTER seeing Rain or Shine fall short in the finals for the fourth straight time, incoming import Wendell McKines vowed to do everything he can to help the Elasto Painters end their string of bridesmaid finishes in the Governors Cup.
“I feel sad for them. They are really good people and it’s really a family, man. They deserved to win and they left everything on the floor,” McKines told Spin.ph.
Rain or Shine lost to Talk ‘N Text, 121-119 in the first double-overtime in Game Seven in league history.
McKines has been in Manila with his family for over a month, and now that he already has a good grasp of coach Yeng Guiao’s system, the former New Mexico standout said he’s all set to get the team’s title drive going for the season-ending conference.
Rain or Shine won't make its Governors' Cyp debut until May 12 when it takes on San Miguel Beer, which has retained the services of former Painters import Arizona Reid.
“I feel I have a chance to win the title. I’m just gonna do what I do best and bring my best energy to the team,” he added.
Known for his strong inside forays during his first PBA stint with Alaska in the 2013 season, McKines is coming off an impressive stint with Elitzur Ashkelon in the Israeli League, where he averaged 25.8 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
The 26-year-old hardworking import said he’s ready to bang bodies and play physical, too, especially after witnessing the rugged plays that marked the entire best-of-seven Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
McKines was impressive during his stint with the Aces, submitting solid, all-around averages of 29.7 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in the 2013 Governors Cup.
After his stint with Alaska, McKines played for Rouen in France followed by a stint with the Anyang KGC in the Korean Basketball league, before winding up in Israel.
The Governors Cup format allows teams to hire imports with a height limit of 6-foot-5 for the top eight finishers of the Commissioner's Cup, while the bottom four teams will be allowed to hire imports with no height restrictions.
Teams also have an option to hire an additional Asian import with a height limit of 6-foot-3.