PBA Finals: It's Mike Harris' turn to chase Alaska for next season
Philip Matel on Dec 19, 2018 11:58 PM
"If they’ll have me back, I’d love to be," said Mike Harris. (Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau)
ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- Whether or not Mike Harris plays for Alaska again in the future is still undecided.
The newly-minted Best Import of the Governors' Cup however says he is ready to come back for the runners-up next season and contend once more for a title in the first pro league in Asia.
"If they’ll have me back, I’d love to be," the 35-year-old said after the game, revealing that the team had courted for his services for the past eight years before finally saying yes.
For his part, Harris posted 26 points, 24 rebounds, and five assists, but it was not enough to keep the Aces afloat in the series as they lost Game 6 and the series to the Magnolia Hotshots, 102-86.
Magnolia immediately raced out of the starting gates to take an early double-digit lead in the first quarter, and in every comeback attempt by the Aces, they were stifled every time.
"We rushed it and we played their game. We rushed our possessions early. We didn’t really move the ball the way we usually do. We kinda calmed down but the lead was up there and like I said, they did a great job. They didn’t want it to get to a Game 7 and we wanted it," Harris said after the game.
The former NBA player also bared that someone from the opposing side made a "gesture that [he'll] never forget," but decided to let it pass since it was probably in the heat of the moment and emotions let the best out of the opponent.
"They mocked us. It was just a lack of respect. Total disrespect of character for a person to be like that especially someone of their age and respect in the league, but it’s okay."
A man who has seen action in different parts of the globe, Harris brought up another instance wherein he lost a championship series, 4-2, in Puerto Rico but was able to get revenge and won two straight titles after.
However, the question that remains, is Harris still in the team's plan moving forward?
"[Alaska's] the most professional club that I’ve been with in my career overseas and they treat players like they’re NBA teams. From the staff, the management they have, it’s been nothing but respect and that’s something I’ll never forget if I’m not the guy to come back next year," said Harris.
"I love those guys, those guys in the locker room, all 17 of those guys. I’ve made some new brothers and I’ll definitely stay in contact. Like I said, it’s my turn to chase them."
As for the gesture, Harris made sure to remember it and will serve as motivation, if he will be able to come back here in the PBA.
"But it’s something I’ll never forget and it’s great fuel for next year if they’ll have me back. Shoutout to Magnolia, they did a great job."
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