He left the PBA last year to play in the Japan B.League.
Admit it or not, the truth is that the PBA lost a great talent when Matthew Wright decided to leave the Phoenix Fuel Masters last year to seek greener pastures in Japan.
In the six years he played in the PBA, the sharpshooting swingman became a two-time All-Star and three-time Mythical Team member. He was the Fuel Masters’ main man and played that part to a T.
It shouldn’t be hard to understand why fans want to see Wright back on Philippine soil, hooping out in the PBA.
While on a short break from the Japan B.League, Wright returned to Manila and watched his former team go up against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The 32-year-old bucket-getter was at the Ynares Center in Antipolo last Saturday as Phoenix outlasted Rain or Shine, 99-98, for its second win.
He was impressed with what he saw, especially with the team’s young floor general Tyler Tio, whom Wright got a chance to play with before his PBA departure.
“He's (Tio) slowly becoming the face of the franchise saw the potential in him when he was a rookie and I was in my last several conferences," Wright said, as quoted by the PBA website.
As for Wright's possible return to the league, it could actually happen, according to him.
“I would like to definitely finish my career here," he revealed.
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Wright is currently averaging 10.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for Kyoto Hannaryz.