PHOENIX coach Koy Banal is standing by his decision to make an early import replacement in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Fuel Masters paraded Kevinn Pinkney on Saturday, but the new reinforcement failed to spark the squad as it played catch-up throughout in a loss to Tropang TNT, 108-96.
“I want to be positive about that decision,” Banal said on the signing of Pinkney, who had 26 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, and one block, but shot just 6-of-21 from the field against the Texters.
Banal pointed to lack of chemistry as the 32-year-old Pinkney, who replaced Kenny Adeleke after just two games, practiced just three days with the Fuel Masters.
“What can you expect from a guy who practiced three days? You can’t do a lot in three days,” he said. “We just wanted to make the game plan as simple as possible para hindi naman makulta isip niya.”
“Right now, the locals nagkakapaan pa (kay Pinkney),” he added.
Banal did see some silver linings in the 6-foot-8 Pinkney.
“I like his basketball IQ. He’s very intelligent and we believe he will be able to help us,” he said, adding he sees in Pinkney's game some facets that are lacking in Adeleke's.
“Yung outside shots niya,” Banal said. “He’s an inside-outside guy.”
“I believe after our practice on Monday where we will show them on video the things we need to improve on,” he added. “The video won’t lie. I think that’s a great teaching tool.”