No special feelings for Wright after playing Malaysia
Paul Lintag on May 14, 2017 10:33 PM
"I just didn't really feel anything, it was just another game for me." --- Matthew Wright on playing Malaysia in the 2017 SEABA Championships.
Manila, Philippines --- Malaysia has one Asean Basketball League championship under its belt and Matthew Wright helped the country win it.
However, that was in 2016. It's 2017 now and Wright is back in the Philippines.
Naturally, the Phoenix rookie was all business as Gilas Pilipinas played Malaysia Sunday in the 2017 SEABA Championships here, a game won by the Filipinos by a whopping 55 points. Wright scored 12 points off the bench in the Philippines' third straight win.
"I just didn't really feel anything, it was just another game for me," Wright said when asked if he had something more riding on the matchup against the Malaysians.
"I do cherish that we did win a championship last year but this is a new year and I have a new team so I have different priorities [and a] different focus now," he added.
Part of the reason why Wright probably didn't have too much invested in playing Malaysia again is the fact that he only has one former teammate there seeing action in this regional showcase.
Although he's happy to know that that former teammate is now a featured player on the current Malaysian national team.
"It was good to see Wei Hong [Choo] out there as the main guy. He worked hard [and] we used to go at it in practice. I'm happy to see that he's improved," Wright said of Choo who is averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in three games so far.
With Malaysia holding a special place in his heart, Wright plans on taking the team out for a meal or something although he has no solid plans yet since it's still the middle of the SEABA joust.
"Maybe, we'll see. I've been meaning to take those guys out," he said.
"They were very hospitable to me when I was in Malaysia so now that they're in my home country, I should return the favor," Wright added.
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