THOUGH Barangay Ginebra bowed meekly after a 97-84 loss to top seed Talk ‘N Text in the quarterfinals, import Gabe Freeman is convinced the Gin Kings are the “best team” in the pro league today.
But when asked why the Gin Kings struggled all throughout the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Freeman offered one simple answer - lack of cohesiveness.
“Let me tell you something, this (Ginebra) is the best team in the PBA by far, but they just got to put it together. That’s it,” Freeman told mediamen shortly after the humiliating loss to the Texters on Tuesday night.
The former PBA Best Import likened the talented Ginebra squad to a jigsaw puzzle.
“Sometimes, you might have all the pieces to the puzzle and don’t know the instructions to the puzzle. We just got to put it on the court,” stressed the 28-year-old Ginebra import.
“On paper, this is the best team.”
Freeman, Ginebra’s third import after Leon Rodgers and Josh Powell, finished his brief two-game conference stint with just 15 points on 2-of-17 shooting from the field.
The Gin Kings closed in at 34-42 by halftime, but the Tropang Texters just tore the game apart in pivotal third quarter run as they erected leads of as much as 86-57 from there.
“We fell apart, that’s just the lack of us not playing each other. We only had two games and my job was just to bring in energy, try to get these guys on the right foot,” said Freeman.
Freeman said he intends to stay in Manila for a while, hopeful that he could qualify in the Governors Cup’s height limit of 6-5 for imports.
However, the former Costa Mesa Junior College standout was officially measured a shade above the height limit at 6-5 and 3/16 last week.