MANILA, Philippines – Alaska import Bill Walker has moved on from the fracas the occurred during a tune-up game between the Aces and the Meralco Bolts before the start of the Governors Cup.
Walker was fined P20,000 for the incident, but after Alaska’s first game of the conference – a 94-87 victory over San Miguel Beer on Sunday – he said the incident was a "learning experience."
"That was a learning experience," the former Boston Celtic said in a PBA.ph report. "I won't let anybody cheap-shot me."
"I'm a man at the end of the day, and I understand that there’s gonna be some tactics to get me out of my game. It's a situation, and it helped me today," he said.
Walker kept his cool against the Beermen, and lived up to the hype by putting up 27 points, 13 points and nine assists. He later deflected praise to his teammates.
"I found them, and they made shots, and they're out there playing fearless," he said.
Walker, who most recently played in the NBA D-League, also appreciates the passionate Filipino crowd and likes the style of play in the PBA.
"It's definitely exciting," he said. "It's a great crowd, and the game is very physical. The other team competed hard. I like playing physical, and that's right under my alley, so I don't have a problem with it."