Good news for Alaska fans.
Alaska’s comebacking import Rob Dozier has rejoined the team’s practice since hurting his left plantar fasciia over a month ago in practice.
The bad news is, there’s still no timetable as far as the former Memphis Tigers standout’s return is concerned.
“Just practicing, getting in shape, trying to see and get the feel and see how I respond in practice,” Dozier told sports scribes, moments after the Aces bowed to giant-killer Mahindra Enforcers on a rare Monday PBA Commissioner’s game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I have no time table on when I’ll be back but I’m just trying to get the feel on how my foot responds.”
Since hurting his left foot, Dozier had to avoid basketball activity for a while, but managed to do a lot of aqua training to keep himself in good condition.
The 30-year-old Dozier he’s happy to see the Aces do well without him after winning 5 straight under replacement import Shane Edwards.
Alaska, though has been at a tail spin as of late, dropping matches to rival San Miguel Beer (116-96) and Mahindra.
“It (losing 2 straight) happens man. It’s sports and that’s a good team out there,” Dozier said, referring to Mahindra.
“You gotta credit Mahindra. I mean, I watched them play maybe 5x this year and that’s a scary team to play against,” he added.
“I guess we kinda took them lightly in the first half and we couldn’t recover in the 2nd half. Now we just gotta work to be consistent.”
The Aces try to regroup with their long 2-wee break before returning to action against Star on April 2 in Davao City. – By Richard Dy
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