RAIN or Shine coach Caloy Garcia insisted that all is well with his team, refuting rumors that three key players wish to be traded.
Garcia addressed the issue before the start of practice on Thursday, saying he talked with Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, and Jericho Cruz in front of the whole team.
“Binanggit ko lang sa kanila na everybody probably read it kasi it’s all over Facebook, tapos sabi ko, kung totoo man yun, medyo masakit marinig sa player ng ganun, pero according sa kanila, (hindi naman),” Garcia told SPIN.ph after practice on the eve of their PBA Philippine Cup match-up against Meralco.
“It’s part of the job, kung meron mang ganun (trade demands). Pero according to them naman, wala naman silang sinasabi,” he added. “(I talked to them) sa harap ng lahat. Yung iba nga, pinagtawanan na lang eh, parang ginagawan lang ng issue.”
Garcia reiterated that he and Almazan have already patched things up after coach and player had a disagreement following Garcia’s demand for more production from the 6-foot-8 slotman.
“Yung (issue) kay Raymond, parang ginagatungan lang,” Garcia said.
“Kay Beau, matagal ng issue yan eh,” he added. “Sabi nga ni Beau, hindi daw totoo 'yun. Tagal ng kuwento yun. That’s it.”
Garcia even addressed the recent issue involving another ROS star in James Yap in a viral video of what looked like a snubbing incident in the team’s 98-94 loss to Kia two weeks ago.
“Even yung kay James, nung lumabas yung video, sabi ko, ‘James, pinag-uusapan na naman tayo.’ Wala, tumawa na lang si James,” Garcia said.
Almazan politely declined to grant an interview as he had a lunch to go to, while Belga and Cruz had already left their practice facility at Northeast Greenhills village when SPIN.ph tried to get their side.
Even if the trade demands were true, Garcia is reminding his wards of their duty to ROS management.
“I explained to them that we have to be professionals,” Garcia said. “Trabaho natin ‘to, binabayaran sila ng company, ng owners, and they have to act professional.”
“You don’t play for the coach. You play for the team,” he added.
Garcia, though, admitted that they have been getting calls from other teams, inquiring about the subjects of the trade demands, including Cruz, who has also long been rumored to request a trade since the departure of coach Yeng Guiao.
“Sa side naman namin, we’ve been getting calls regarding trades. Syempre, hindi naman kami magpapadehado sa trades, so there was nothing that we wanted,” Garcia said.
“(But) we’ll stick with these players until siguro sila mismo magsabi sa amin,” he added.