Losing to sister team Meralco meant the end of the road for NLEX in the Commissioners’ Cup, but for Road Warriors’ import Al Thornton, it may be the beginning of his NBA comeback.
Head coach Boyet Fernandez revealed that Thornton has received a lot of offers from abroad already after his impressive outing with NLEX, highlighted by his 69-point performance against the San Miguel Beermen.
“I heard there are so many offers for him with the way he played and the way they saw Al (Thornton) played without the pains already,” said Fernandez.
Thornton, who played for Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers, provided instant offense for the Road Warriors as he topped the import in scoring at the end of the eliminations, averaging almost 36 points per game.
Playing for NLEX for 2 consecutive midseason conferences now, Fernandez shared they have already offered the import a slot for next season as early as this year.
But with many lucrative deals trying to lure the services of the 6-foot-8 explosive import, Fernandez said he will support whatever path Thornton will choose.
“I’m telling Al, if you just continue to improve in terms of your strength of your legs, I’m hoping you have another crack at the NBA,” he said on Thornton, who had a stem cell procedure on his knee last December to continue playing.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him and I wish him all the best, he did a good job for us, we just fell short,” Fernandez added. “I’m hoping that I can see him play in the NBA (again) someday.”
Having high regards for Thornton’s ability, he wished to get an import like him in their Governor’s Cup campaign which will begin in July.
“We’re looking for very good import like a small guy version of Al Thornton because we need an offensive player,” he hinted. – By Jason Mercene
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