With Rob Dozier’s replacement, Shane Edwards, playing well for the Alaska Aces in his first two meetings, one has to wonder: what’s going on inside Dozier’s head? Is he threatened? Is he nervous about what’s going to happen next?
Dozier, who is nursing a foot injury, did not play during the Aces’ Commissioner’s Cup opener before Alaska brought in Edwards. The 6-foot-7 forward led the team to back to back wins, averaging 29.5 PPG, 15.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, and 1.5 SPG.
Head coach Alex Compton said last week he wants the decision to be his problem, and for it to be a difficult one, given he likes both imports and is fond of their attitude towards the situation.
Dozier, on the other hand, said his main concern right now is his health, facing the situation with the same professionalism as Edwards.
“I have my own routine. I am trying to get back as much as possible,” Dozier said.
The 2013 Commissioner’s Cup Best Import winner added the decision is up for the management to make, and he is just focused on getting back in top shape. He also has high praise for the team, which is again trying to be one of the better contenders for the current conference’s title after losing the Philippine Cup last conference.
“It’s up to (them). Either way, I still have a chance to play somewhere. My main thing is just to get healthy. He is a good player. That choice must be left up to the owner and coach. I am just going to be who I am regardless,” he said.
“We have a good team. He is blending well, he is helping them, of course. We have a good team, a resilient bunch. They are trying to get the groove back (after losing the finals).”
Asked about other club teams interested in him at this point, Dozier said he has no information yet. But the import is good with whatever happens in the on-going conference. Either way, he’d still be playing ball.
“Not that I know of yet. I am just trying to get healthy first then I will worry about that later,” he said.