Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Matt Wright explains ‘beso’ to Willie Wilson

Shortly after Phoenix Super LPG ousted Magnolia from the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Saturday night, Matthew Wright and assistant coach Willy Wilson shared a moment on the floor of the AUF Sports and Cultural Center.

The Fil-Canadian sniper was undoubtedly the biggest star of that night. His one-legged trey in the final seconds lifted the Fuel Masters to the semifinals. And everyone on the team — from the players to the coaches — congratulated him.

Wright received Best Player of the Game honors after finishing with 32 points, nine assists, and five rebounds. But before he proceeded to the walk-off interview, Wilson made sure to express his pride in Wright.

He did it by giving the 29-year-old a kiss on the cheek.

“I caught a lot of flak about that on Twitter. Everyone was roasting us for that,” recalled a grinning Wright in 2OT, presented by SMART.

San Miguel’s Chris Ross was among those who noticed the act, and took to Twitter to rib the two.

Wright then explained that it is just the kind of relationship he has with the 40-year-old. According to him, Wilson has been his guiding light since Phoenix picked him in the special Gilas draft back in 2016.

“He was the first guy, when I got drafted, who introduced himself and who sat me down, and he kinda gave me a little precursor of what to expect in the PBA. Ever since I’ve been in Phoenix, he’s been there right over my shoulder,” he expressed.

“I owe a lot to him.”

Wilson became one of the Fuel Masters’ assistant coaches back in February. He wrapped up a pro career that spanned 15 seasons, which saw him play for Alaska, San Miguel, and Ginebra — where he won his lone PBA title in 2008.

#ReadMore  Achievement unlocked for birthday boy CJ Cansino

He was then traded to Barako Bull in 2013 and he would stay even after the franchise was sold to Phoenix back in 2016. Wilson spent his last years as a player in Asia’s pioneering pro league there.

“It was very easy for him to transition from a player into a coach. He did it very comfortably. And he might even be a better coach than he was as a player, to be honest.”

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Gilas Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin has always been hesitant when asked about when the national team will hire a full-time head coach in...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas and foreign basketball teams have started to arrive in Clark, Pampanga for the final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. ...


There’s no stopping the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the Philippines from putting on a show to open its unique 96th season. In an...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Japan’s biggest stars will not take part in the Clark window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe will...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Zeng Fanbo and Zhou Qi are leading China in the forthcoming 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers’ third window in Pampanga. The young stars banner...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Kai Sotto arrived with Gilas Pilipinas Men at the Quest Hotel in Clark, Sunday afternoon. But him lining up for Wednesday’s game against South...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Gilas Pilipinas has broken camp as they begin their campaign in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Clark. The national team left Inspire...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Four nations will arrive in the country on Sunday for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. China will be the first team to arrive...