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    Baser Amer staying in the present amid uncertainty over Parks trade

    Jan 10, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    MERALCO coach Norman Black said Baser Amer remains the team’s top point guard despite reports that he will eventually be headed to TNT KaTropa once the Ray Parks trade is ironed out.

    Black said as far as he's concerned, Amer will go into the new season as Meralco's No. 1 point guard saying 'nothing's happened' on a reported three-team trade that supposedly also involves Blackwater.

    “I haven’t really commented on it because nothing happened with that at this moment,” Black said on Thursday during the PBA Media Day at the Solaire Resort and Casino. “Right now, we are entering the season with Baser and I like him to just focus in on what he has to do with the Meralco team.

    "As of this moment, I have no comment on [the Parks trade].”

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      Amer said he is taking the reports professionally, focusing on things that he can control and not worrying on things that he can't.

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      “Positive lang and be professional lang,” Amer said. “Kaming mga players, naglalaro lang kami at sinusunod lang namin ‘yung gusto ng mga coaches. Hindi namin ma-control ‘yung mga ganung sitwasyon.

      “Ako nandito lang ako sa Meralco. I’m happy. Sobrang excited ako sa mga darating na games,” Amer said.

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      The former San Beda star said he has also received words of encouragement from Meralco teammates.

      “Kinausap naman ako ng mga coaches and players na it’s part (of being a professional). Ako kasi ‘yung tao na sobrang positive na person… Lumaki ako na positive person. Ayoko ng may problema, mga ganun,” said Amer.

      Finding encouragement from Meralco's fine run in the preseason, Amer is optimistic the Bolts are capable of improving on their performance in last year’s Philippine Cup where they finished 11th with a 4-7 card.

      The Bolts open the season on Wednesday against Phoenix Pulse, before playing again on January 19 against Blackwater.

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      “Lahat ng practice namin at tune-up games, sobrang positive ‘yung result. Hopefully, ma-apply namin sa darating na games. Sana hindi na namin ma-experience ‘yung mga dati naming na-experience sa all-Filipino,” said Amer.

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