The addition of fast-rising guard RR Garcia to Star has undoubtedly boosted Star’s roster, which for the past 4 seasons has been banged up given the numerous championships it won under former coach Tim Cone.
The 26-year-old Garcia, along with forwards Keith Jensen and Rodney Brondial came on board for the Hotshots after being part of a multiple-player on Wednesday which also involved GlobalPort and Phoenix.
Star rookie coach Jason Webb said he had a recent talk with the 5-foot-11 Garcia, discussing with him the importance of sacrifice since he will have to split minutes with fellow Far Eastern University alumnus Mark Barroca and Justin Melton at the point guard spot.
“RR is still gonna have to split minutes with Mark and Justin and again, after talking with the guys, one of the things we discussed is people will have to make sacrifices especially in terms of playing minutes,” Webb told FOX Sports.
The youthful Star coach refused to reveal yet how he intends to use Garcia, who is coming off PBA career-high numbers of 17.73 points, 4.0 assists and 2.73 rebounds in the Commissioner’s Cup as Phoenix’s top playmaker.
But he did mention that he’ll have to see how everybody responds to the changes once the Hotshots start practice on June 1.
Garcia, selected 6th overall in the 2013 PBA Draft, toiled for 3 seasons with GlobalPort in 2014, before playing for Barako Bull and Phoenix. – By Richard Dy
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