IT is no surprise that versatile wingman KG Canaleta has become the most sought after player in the Air21 lineup.
Two days after Canaleta exploded for 37 points built around nine three-pointers in the Express’ 95-91 overtime upset of Petron Boosters, coach Franz Pumaren admitted a couple of teams have been inquiring about the availability of Canaleta.
As expected, Pumaren said the Express have turned down the trade offers one by one.
“Yes, madaming nag-i-inquire. Pero hindi namin pinapansin because we have no plans (to trade him),” said the coach.
Pumaren refused to name the teams eyeing the services of Canaleta, but Spin.ph learned that Talk `N Text and Meralco Bolts are reportedly among them.
“Basta, maraming nagtatanong. Maraming nag-signify ng interest sa kanya,” revealed Pumaren.
The Air21 mentor is all praises for Canaleta’s untiring effort to improve on his game.
“Masipag `yung bata. Talagang he makes it a point to improve on his game, nag-e-extra practice siya before and after,” added Pumaren, who had the five-time PBA slamdunk champion as one of the guests of honor during the launching of his Gatorade Hoops Center gym in Shaw Boulevard on Monday evening.
“Madalas siyang mag-hasa ng shooting saka may mga moves siyang pine-perfect lagi. Ganun siya kasipag at determined,” added the former De La Salle coach who steered the Green Archers to four straight UAAP men’s basketball titles from 1998 to 2001.
Asked what’s the secret behind Canaleta’s vastly improved game, the amiable coach said, “Nasa tamang gamit lang kay KG yan. He is one of the most versatile wingmen sa liga. Probably, I just know how to use him.”