FIBA: Wright ready to step up for Gilas after unfortunate Marcio injury
Paul Lintag on Jul 26, 2019 07:36 PM
“If anything, it’s more motivation for me, it’s a chance to rise to the challenge, succeed and help Gilas, have a good tournament,” — Matthew Wright.
With star shooter Marcio Lassiter suffering an unfortunate knee injury, Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup have taken a huge hit.
Gilas is hoping to still get Marcio for the World Cup but if Lassiter can’t make it, other members of the national team will have to step up.
Everyone, including head coach Yeng Guiao, has Matthew Wright in mind.
“It’s a big loss [Lassiter injury], but we’ll find ways to make up for it. Matthew Wright is there, the rest of the team is there so we’ll find ways for everyone to step up,” Guiao said.
For his part, Wright sees this as a new opportunity to rise up for the national team.
Lassiter’s injury was an unfortunate development but it is what it is. Someone will have to step up in his place for now.
“Some people could say it’s an added pressure [Marcio injury] but I don’t think so. I’m still gonna go into the tournament preparing the way I’ve been preparing. You always come in training like you’re gonna be playing for 40 minutes no matter what, that’s not gonna change my motivation,” Wright said.
“If anything, it’s more motivation for me, it’s a chance to rise to the challenge, succeed and help Gilas, have a good tournament,” he added.
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