PBA: James White out there still learning
Paul Lintag on Apr 25, 2018 10:39 PM
Aside from the obvious goal of winning a lot of games, 24-year-old James White is looking to stock up on some precious basketball knowledge. (PBA Images)
In his latest stint in the PBA, the still young James White is setting different goals for himself.
Aside from the obvious goal of winning a lot of games, the 24-year-old reinforcement is looking to stock up on some precious basketball knowledge.
And with Phoenix, he has the perfect mentor in head coach Louie Alas.
"Attain knowledge on the game of basketball," White said when asked what's his personal goal for his third tour of duty in the PBA.
"We have coach Louie, one of the best basketball coaches in the Philippines, I just wanna get the proper knowledge on how to be a great basketball player. At the same time, I wanna become a coach as well so I'm learning a lot of things from him. You know, I'm just blessed," he added.
While he's looking to gain some basketball knowledge, White's work on-court remains as good as it has been since he first got here two years ago.
Perhaps it's even better now.
In his first game with the Fuel Masters, White scored 32 points on 67 percent shooting. He also had 14 reounds, five assists, and five blocks.
More importantly, as Phoenix lost a 22-point lead to Blackwater, White was always the one to hit the timely dunks to help the Fuel Masters pull through.
"First game was a great lesson for us, we learned how to keep a lead and how to lose a lead. Coming into practice tomorrow, we just gotta work on situations to you know, get that mindset where we have a lead, we should keep it," he said.
"Blackwater, compliments to them, they were playing hard, making shots. That's the game of basketball. I think for us, we gotta stick to our philosophy, play aggressive and stay consistent with our plays. But credit to Blackwater, they played hard," White added.
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