Former NLEX reinforcement Al Thornton said Mighty Sports is ready to compete and hopefully bring home the championship when they represent the country in the William Jones Cup in Taipei.
Blowing into town a few days ago, the 6-foot-7 Thornton started working out with the team and get re-acquainted with his teammates composed of 6 other imports, along with PBA players led by Jeric Teng, who was loaned by Rain or Shine to Mighty Sports.
While the 32-year-old Thornton is the most experienced among the 7 imports signed up by Mighty Sports, the NBA veteran insists he’s not gonna be the centerpiece of the team’s offense.
“I think we’re gonna split the time up and it can be any guy in the team because we got a lot of guys with experience in this team,” Thornton told FOX Sports after practice.
But Thornton admitted chemistry remains a question since not all the imports arrived at the same time, nor did they have the luxury of knowing their local teammates.
“The chemistry maybe a little off, but I think that’s the part we have to really work on because it’s (time) short,” he added.
The former Los Angeles Clippers forward expects Mighty Sports’ 3 big imports — Hamady NDiyae, Vernon Macklin and wide-bodied Troy Gillenwater to provide the strong defensive presence against the national teams from Iran, the A and B teams of Chinese-Taipei, South Korea, Japan India, Egypt and a club teams from Canada and USA.
“On the defensive end, those guys (NDiyae and Co.) can protect the rim because that allows us to get out of the break and finish,” he said.
Thornton, who played in the NBA from 2007-2011, is coming off a PBA season-high 69-point explosion with NLEX during the Commissioner’s Cup last April. – By Richard Dy
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