White brings power of positivity in Mahindra return
Paul Lintag on Mar 18, 2017 06:49 AM
"Even though we got a loss, we took a lot from it. It was a lesson learned, we're not having our heads down, it's a long season. Just got to stay positive." --- James White.
James White is making his second tour of duty in the PBA with Mahindra, and just like the first time, the young forward is keeping a positive outlook regardless of what may be the end results.
There's simply no hint of negativity when it comes to the Georgia Tech product.
White's optimism was on full display Friday as the 23-year-old was hardly bitter despite losing his first game back in the Philippines.
He's just happy he was able to return.
"It's a blessing to be back. It's a blessing from God just to be back," White said.
"Even though we got a loss, we took a lot from it. It was a lesson learned, we're not having our heads down, it's a long season. Just got to stay positive," he added.
After leading Mahindra to its first-ever playoff appearance in the 2016 Governors' Cup, White is coming back to a completely new team with the Floodbuster.
Not only did the franchise changed its monicker anew, the top two local scorers from White's last tournament are gone.
That means a bigger role for the former Yellow Jacket but White is prepared either way.
He scored 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 40 minutes against the Meralco Bolts to start the mid-season joust.
"That's part of the business of basketball. But the team that we have they welcomed me with open arms," he said.
"More in just me doing the right thing and helping the team win. That's what the team needs me to do, I'll do that. If the team needs be to be a defensive player, an energy guy, I'll do all those things," White added.
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