MANILA, Philippines – Import Alex McLean has been playing well for Rain or Shine so far in the PBA Commissioners Cup, but the Elasto Painters are still expecting to see more from their reinforcement after getting off to a 1-1 start to the conference.
At 6-foot-6¾, McLean is the shortest among the imports this conference but has been solid, norming 20 points and 17 rebounds so far in two games. His teammates have lauded his ability as a passer as well.
“He’s not like (last season’s import) Arizona (Reid). When the ball got to Arizona at the post, that’s it,” said Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu in an interview with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star. “That ball won’t go back out.”
“With Alex, he looks for his teammates. He locates our guards who are open. He’s a team player,” Tiu said.
Although they commend him for being a team player, the Rain or Shine officials would still like it if McLean becomes more assertive, especially on the offensive end.
“We’re happy with Alex because locals get to score, too. But he still has to show more,” said RoS assistant coach Caloy Garcia. “He hasn’t really shown his offensive skills, although he’s been rebounding well.”
McLean had scored 19 points to go along with 18 rebounds in Rain or Shine’s first win of the season, a 92-78 rout of defending Commissioners Cup champions Alaska last Saturday.
According to Garcia, the true challenge for McLean will come when they play the San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday. The Beermen are featuring import Kevin Jones, a former player for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Our next game will be his barometer,” said Garcia of McLean.
The Elasto Painters opened their Commissioners Cup
campaign with a 106-110 setback to Barako Bull in a game that saw opposing import Josh Dollard explode for 44 points.