The MVP Is Here – Mike Harris & Ponce Roll Into Semi’s!
NBA GM’s take note! For most players, 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists on better than 60% shooting is a good game. For American forward Mike Harris, the BSN’s most dominant player, it was a playoff series average. A heavy favorite for Puerto Rico’s coveted MVP title, Harris continued a force to be reckoned with Friday night, scoring, distributing, and leading his Ponce Lions to an impressive 104-89 game 7 victory over the Capitanes of Arecibo.
In a league littered with former NBA lottery and second round draft picks, Harris has not just been a standout performer, he has become the countries biggest star. The BSN’s leader in scoring and rebounding from day one, the 29-year-old is playing arguably the best basketball of his career, and perhaps making his strongest case to date for a 2013 NBA return.
Following an impressive 22 point fourth quarter performance in game three (18 straight in 7 minutes), Harris’s twitter feed looked like a New York stock exchange ticker, running ramped with fans and supporters worldwide taking to the web to show their love and support for “Ponce’s King”. Even Head Coach Nelson Colon offered his own praises suggesting, “It’s not just Mike’s personal play that has been outstanding, but how much he has impacted those around him all season long.”
A reputable source once told me some of the world’s greatest basketball players are not necessarily amongst the 450 elite who dawn NBA jerseys at the start of each season. With more than 500 million ball players worldwide, it is not hard to see why. But Mike Harris is an exception to the rule, a true baller, workhorse, and dominating presence in literally every league he has played including the NBA.
Is this the year Harris makes the cut? Only time will tell, but in this writer’s opinion the juice is worth the squeeze. The juice is definitely worth the squeeze. Stay tuned!