Despite hinting at participant adjustments within the offseason, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao didn’t any drastic strikes through the break and fielded virtually the identical core in open the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
But the outspoken mentor defined that the rationale why the Road Warriors failed to shut some offers was as a result of he felt his gamers have been being undervalued within the commerce market.
“I did not hide the fact that we tried to trade in the offseason, but we did not close any of the deals because they were trading ballboys for our players,” he mentioned with a chuckle. “It’s hard to let go of a player if they’re trading him for a ballboy. If not a ballboy, they’re giving us an eighth round draft pick. When I researched, there’s no such thing as an eighth round.”
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Turning severe, Guiao mentioned that as a lot as he needed to make strikes to retool his roster for the second convention, the offers simply gained’t lower it. He opted to maintain the crew intact and as a substitute simply challenged them to point out their value.
“It’s hard to trade if nobody wants your players. But we’ll keep the team in tact, prove the doubters wrong so that if we think of trading again in the future, there will be real value to our players. Maybe next time, they’ll be worth more than just ballboys,” he mentioned.
“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. That’s what we’ll do: We will perform better, try harder, and work harder.”
And that’s additionally a motive why he saved his crew within the dugout for near an hour following NLEX’s 113-105 loss to Rain or Shine as he hopes to appropriate his aspect’s miscues early within the convention.
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“We need to get to work early. We don’t want to fall into a deep hole, so as much as possible, if we can nip it in the bud, we’ll nip it in the bud. We had a chance to win the game or we were in the game the last two minutes, but there were some lapses defensively, so I think we need to improve on closing out games and making stops when they’re needed most,” he mentioned.
Guiao has additionally seen vital enhancements on his aspect. Contrary to his crew’s losses within the Philippine Cup, the place the Road Warriors absorbed various routs, at the very least this time, they have been capable of hold on till the tip.
Despite the loss, the veteran coach thinks that these experiences may solely be helpful for the crew’s maturity in the long term.
“To me, you have to experience these kinds of situations in order to develop and learn. We have not had experiences of this kind in the last conference. We had a lot of blowout losses so for me, the more we play close games, the wiser we will become. That’s the positive aspect of this. As long as we can hang on until the end and do it most of the time, you will learn how to win the close games,” he mentioned.
NLEX returns to motion on Sunday towards Meralco.