At the end of the Philippine Cup, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao made it known that the Road Warriors were bound for a major shake-up after a disappointing campaign where they finished at the cellar.
The revamp, though, remains as a dream for Guiao when the Commissioner’s Cup kicked off as there were no other interested teams on board to give up their talent during the conference break.
NLEX, unlike other teams, paraded with almost the same crew with only young guard Juami Tiongson and import Wayne Chism as new additions when they faltered against Guiao’s former squad Rain or Shine, 86-94, on Friday.
“We did not close any of the deals kasi pinapalit sa players namin ballboys. Syempre ang hirap bitawan ng player kung ang kapalit ballboy,” bared Guiao, tongue-in-cheek.
“Kung hindi naman ballboy, eighth round draft pick. Nung ni-research ko, wala palang eighth round,” he added.
But instead of getting offended on how other teams see the trade value of his wards, the fiery mentor took it as challenge in developing what pieces he has right now.
“Mahirap mag-trade kung walang may gusto sa player mo. Pagtitiyagaan namin yung team namin ngayon, magpapakita kami para kung sakali sa susunod na makaisip kami mag-trade, may value na yung mga players,” he said.
“We will perform better, try harder, work harder, and maybe, this is a blessing in disguise that we weren’t able to trade players because now, we have a chance to prove ourselves again as a team,” he continued.
Still, Guiao will likely press the trade button if given a sweet deal in the future.
“Siguro naman di na ballboy ang ibibigay sa amin sa susunod,” he said.
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