SOMETIMES it helps when one is teammate with bruising big men Beau Belga and JR Quinahan.
Comebacking import Wendell McKines could only heave a sigh of relief he’s now one with the dreaded ‘Extra Rice Inc’ after being tapped as import of Rain or Shine for rhe PBA Governors Cup.
McKines recalled one incident how Belga hit him hard during an elimination round game while he was still playing for Alaska two seasons ago.
“Yeah, I told him, ‘hey man, you fouled me hard the last time when I played against you. You better do that to the other imports when I play with you,’” a smiling McKines told Spin.ph on Friday.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and ¼, Mckines joined the Elasto Painters’ practice early last week since arriving from Israel.
The former New Mexico State standout 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.
Known for his strong inside game, the 26-year-old McKines promises to bring the same hard-nosed defense and strong rebounding he was known for during his 2013 season stint with the Aces.
“My expectations is to play hard, play tough, and have fun though even without me, they (Elasto Painters) consistently been in the semis and the Finals every year,” he said.
“So if I can bring what I can bring to the team, history shows we’re gonna be successful.”
McKines said he needs to fit in to a team which for years, have learned to play together under coach Yeng Guiao.
“Chemistry, that’s what I notice as soon as I came here because everybody has been with this team probably five or six years,” he said.
“I can tell with the way they are with each other, and it’s genuine.”
McKines registered solid, all-around averages of 29.7 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists for the Aces during his initial stint in the league.
After playing for Alaska, McKines saw action for Rouen in France followed by a stint with the Anyang KGC in the Korean Basketball league, before winding up in Israel.