PBA: Matthew Wright living up to tag as Phoenix’s franchise player
Paul Lintag on Feb 01, 2019 09:17 PM
So far in the All-Filipino, Wright and the rest of the Pulse Fuel Masters have been different, it appears that they reached a new level. (PBA Images)
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — After signing a three-year extension in the offseason, Matthew Wright has accepted the role as Phoenix’s franchise player now and moving forward.
So far in the All-Filipino, Wright and the rest of the Pulse Fuel Masters have been different, it appears that they reached a new level.
Wright has led Phoenix to a 4-0 start in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, the best in franchise history.
Matthew himself has lived up to his billing as franchise player so far, increasing his production across the board.
The latest was Friday at the Ynares Center here as Phoenix beat up Blackwater. In the win, Wright went for 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and five steals.
“That’s just the maturation process. I took the reigns as the franchise player and I accept that tag. You have to put more everyday, it doesn’t matter if you’re sick, or you’re injured a little bit or you’re tired,” Wright said.
“With great power comes great responsibility. Everyday I have to come out and perform and I put pressure on myself and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But it’s not only me, It’s more than just me,” he added.
With Phoenix looking like a true contender with every new win, Wright attributes his team’s rise to finally finding an identity.
Wright says they didn’t have that before as they struggled to barely get a winning streak going.
“I’m happy that we’re 4-0, we’ve been working our asses off. We found an identity where before, we didn’t have that, we were just a bottom-dwelling team, mid-level team,” he said.
“Even when we’re not shooting well, we’re gonna be physical, rebound the ball, we’re gonna be tough. I think that’s our MO,” Wright added.
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