Paul Lintag on Jan 21, 2017 08:03 PM
"I don't want to put pressure on Scottie but I think eventually he could end up putting up Westbrook numbers." --- Tim Cone on the Great Scottie.
Scottie Thompson never ceases to amaze even the great Tim Cone.
On Friday, the sophomore guard was at it again for Ginebra, flashing his usual brilliance that made the greatest PBA coach of all time once again mention him like he's already one of the greats.
"He's a few runs below Sonny Jaworski but I think rebounding they're at par," Cone said, putting the great Scottie in the same sentence with the Living Legend himself.
Cone already once mentioned Thompson in the same sentence as Johnny Abbarientos, another all-time PBA great he had the chance to coach back when he was winning a Grand Slam with the Alaska Aces.
With Thompson finishing the Ginebra victory over Blackwater with what has been a usual 13 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists, Cone took his praise to the next level, implying that his prized catch from the 2015 Draft might be the local counterpart of a certain triple-double machine from Oklahoma City.
"I haven't seen a rebounding guard like hime even in the NBA [except maybe] the kid from Oklahoma City, [Russell] Westbrook," Cone said.
While averaging a triple-double at this stage of his career and with a loaded Ginebra lineup might be a stretch for now even for Scottie, Cone believes his young guard might be on the way.
It's just a matter of him finding his inner aggressive self to take over the floor more on the offensive side of the ball.
"I don't want to put pressure on Scottie but I think eventually he could end up putting up Westbrook numbers once he learns how to score and he can score," the 19-time PBA champion mentor said.
"I think that will open up the gate for him [being aggressive]," he added.
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