He’s back in the Philippines, but only for a vacation.
When he entered the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig, Matthew Wright was mobbed by a group of fans. The supporters asked for a picture and the former Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Master obliged.
It was as if he never left.
Now playing in the Japan B.League for the Kyoto Hannaryz, Wright is back in town to spend some quality time with family and friends.
“Right now, I’m just enjoying some family time, vacation. I obviously miss the Philippines big time,” he told the One Sports panel during the live broadcast of the San Miguel Beermen-Phoenix PBA on Tour game on Wednesday.
“You don’t move away from a place you’ve lived in for six years and not miss it. So it’s great to be back,” added Wright.
After this much-needed buffer, the 6-foot-4 gunner will return to Japan for another tour of duty with Kyoto. The team announced it resigned the Fil-Canadian cager for another season.
In his first season for the Hannaryz, he averaged 13.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.1 steals but the team failed to make the playoffs with a pedestrian 22-38 win-loss record.
This time, though, he wants to lead the team to the postseason.
“I had a successful first season. I was able to resign with Kyoto Hannaryz. I’m excited to come back and try to help them make the playoffs,” Wright said.
Apart from Wright, Kiefer Ravena and Kai Sotto also resigned with their respective teams in the Land of the Rising Sun.