New Mahindra reinforcement says import swap is just business
Paul Lintag on Apr 05, 2017 07:40 PM
The Floodbuster brought in former Ivy League star Keith Wright to the fold and the Harvard recruit made his PBA debut Wednesday against Star. James White, the import Wright replaced was present at the Big Dome to watch.
With its Commissioner's Cup campaign falling apart, Mahindra pressed the sense of urgency button and made the switch on its reinforcement.
The Floodbuster brought in former Ivy League star Keith Wright to the fold and the Harvard recruit made his PBA debut Wednesday against Star.
James White, the import Wright replaced was present at the Big Dome to watch.
Turns out both Wright and White knew each other as well.
It wasn't as awkward as it looked and felt like from afar.
"It's tough. It's just the business [side] of it all," Wright said when asked how he felt about replacing White.
"He's a young guy, very talented, really athletic. He's gonna have a bright future for sure," he added.
The 28-year-old NBA D-League center likewise revealed that he and White go way back because of some similar connections in the basketball world.
"I know James White, we have the same agent and we're both in Atlanta in the summer so I knew James before this," he said.
As for his debut game in the Philippines, Wright didn't exactly impress, shooting just 36 percent from the field for 17 points and 14 rebounds in an 83-97 loss.
He says he definitely felt the rigors of travel and will try to bounce back next time around.
"Just an adjustment that I have to make, it's a physical game, the type of game that I like and that I thrive in. Just adjusting and getting rid of this jetlag," Wright said.
"I know the shots are there, they'll fall in the next game. Just got to get my rest and get back to it," he added.
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