BARAKO Bull team manager Raffy Casyao lashed back at Luigi Trillo on Friday over tweets posted by the Alaska coach over what he termed was the "illogical" trade that sent Allein Maliksi to San Mig.
The usually soft-spoken Casyao went on the offensive after Trillo took to Twitter to question the trade that had Barako Bull sending high-scoring wingman Maliksi to San Mig in exchange for seldomly used Wesley Gonzales and Chris Pacana and a second-round draft pick in 2017.
“Mind your own business. Wag siyang makialam sa mga trade na ganito,” said Casyao, adding it saddened him to see a coach like Trillo - who had a dismal record before Alaska took a chance at him - undermine the capabilities of players like Gonzales and Pacana. (For full story, see San Mig acquiring Maliksi as scoring option as Yap continues to misfire)
“Kung siya nung kinuha ng Alaska nuong una, wala ring logic eh. Coming from an assistant coach who had 0-24 (win-loss) campaign in the UAAP as head coach but, at the end of the day, tama ang Alaska dahil nag-champion sila,” added the Barako Bull official.
“Wala siya sa position to judge kung tama ba o mali yung trade (namin). Wag na siyang makigulo sa problema ng iba. What if the players he calls as illogical replacements end up being stars, same way he had gone though as a coach?”
Trillo, fresh from leading Alaska to the Commissioner's Cup title, questioned the trade moments after it was approved by league commissioner Chito Salud amid accusations by fans that the deal once again proved that Barako Bull was acting like a "farm team" for the San Miguel group.
“Best Barako talent Maliksi for Bench players Gonzales and Pacana? Are you kidding me? Maliksi is the best player on that Barako team,” tweeted Trillo on his account @luigitrillo.
“Would you trade James Yap for Bulawan and Celino Cruz? Cannot see the logic In letting a talent like Maliksi go.”
He continued to question Barako Bull's earlier move to give up a first-round draft pick next season for Josh Urbiztondo: “Love Urbiztondo's game but why would Barako get Urbiztondo and miss out on a chance to acquire a slaughter,Parks or Sangalang."
Trillo then went on to answer a question by a San Mig Coffe fan who accused him of being bitter.
“Am I bitter? No I'm not, just impressed at how teams find ways to strengthen their line ups, quite shocked at Barako's trades Sad,” Trillo replied.
Casyao said the young Alaska Aces coach should learn to be humble.
“I am not here to defend the trade - I just don’t want Luigi to be demeaning and embarrassing players who have not performed at a high level in the PBA,” said Casyao. “Respetuhin naman sana niya yung damdamin ng iba."
“Wala tayo sa posisyon na pintasan ang talento ng iba. At wala din naman siya sa posisyon para pakialaman ang trade ng iba. Same thing na hindi kami nakikialam sa affairs nila,” he added.