Now standing at the top of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Scott Thompson of Geneva in Barangay knows things are going to get harder.
And like the trademark of his career — when hard work as a role model led him to become the most valuable player (MVP) in seven years – Thompson is here to show that he deserves to be king of the mountains.
Thompson kept things simple during the Leo Awards after his coronation at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, which officially began the league’s 47th season, thanking his wife, family, the Jean Kings organization and fans for their continued support.
But far from the spotlight, and with members of the media in front of him, Thompson has spoken thoroughly about the responsibilities that come with wearing the crown.
“After this award, I think as a player, I need to be more mature for the team,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. The team, the fans and of course the management have expectations.
“I know it’s going to be tough. But I’m ready for the challenge,” he continued.
Thompson lost to TNT’s Mikey Williams, Magnolia’s Calvin Abuyeva and Northport’s Robert Bolik to replace San Miguel Bear Conston Jun Mar Fazardo, the six-time winner of the plum.
Thompson’s evolution into the new look of the PBA has been going on for seven seasons. It is manifested in upward rebound, clutch triple and stilly nerves during crunch.
But those great performances became routine at the last Governors Cup, where his relentless play took the injury-stricken crowd to the headlines from a dangerous play-off spot. There, Thompson averaged 14.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists to lead Jean Kings – similarly to the tireless Justin Brownlee – in the title.
“We all know that from the beginning of my career in Geneva, I’ve really been a role model,” he said. “Through hard work and discipline, I think I’ve been inspired in a way that basketball isn’t really just about becoming proficient.”
“As long as you have heart, discipline and faith in God, it is not impossible to get this award,” he added.
Thompson, already a six-time champion with the popular ball club, is the fourth Geneva player to become an MVP. He followed in the footsteps of Eric Menk, Joyce Helterbrand and the recently retired Mark Caguiar.
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