Myles Powell made a strong impression following a superb performance to power Bay Area to a rousing debut in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The former NBA cager dropped 41 points in 29 minutes in the Dragons’ 133-87 decimation of Blackwater, essentially sending a message to the league that he is one import to watch out for in the mid-season conference.
Such an outing has also inevitably created anticipation among fans, especially on how he would fare against the other foreign reinforcements.
The 25-year-old, however, isn’t really fond of individual match-ups and whatnot, emphasizing that it’s always the ‘we’ and never the ‘I’ for the club.
“I don’t really want to single it out, just me versus the imports, because it’s a team game,” offered Powell, who also had eight rebounds in the dominant win.
“Whatever comes our way, I’m sure Coach [Brian Goorjian] will have us ready for it.”
The former Philadelphia 76er also did not take the limelight all to himself, deflecting the credit to Goorjian and his teammates for allowing him to turn in a remarkable showing.
“I believe it starts with Coach. From everything we’ve been doing on and off the court, it’s been a team thing. It’s never been the imports by themselves, the Chinese guys by themselves,” said Powell.
“Everything we’ve been doing is together. When you have a good group of guys that just want to lock in and win, it makes everything easy.”
The first of four games are now done for Powell and he definitely made a solid first bid of being Bay Area’s import for the rest of the conference.
It could be recalled that the Dragons will play with Powell for their first four matches before going with NBA veteran Andrew Nicholson for the next four, and then will have to choose who their reinforcement will be for the tilt.
But for Powell, all that he’s after is getting wins — after all, he and Nicholson will be sharing the court come the East Asia Super League next month.
“We don’t really care who’s doing it as long as it gets done and we win,” said the Seton Hall product.
“Like I said, you’re out there with your brothers and everybody wants to win. That’s the main goal and it makes everything easier.”
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