GLOBALPORT'S change of import is just the beginning of another transformation for the rookie PBA ballclub.
Globalport team manger BJ Manalo bared to Spin.ph that more movements should be expected from the Sultan 900 Incorporated franchise after Walter Sharpe takes over from Justin Williams as their new import.
Sharpe, a 6-9 forward tabbed 32nd overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle Supersonics, is expected to arrive in time for the struggling Batang Pier's match against the Air 21 Express on Sunday.
Manalo, a former La Salle Green Archers star, revealed giving Williams the pink slip was a very hard decision to make for the Batang Pier, but they need to start rebuilding again to arrest their slide.
“Justin (Williams) is a very good person, he became a good friend to me. But nothing personal,” said Manalo. “Pero to be clear, hindi lang import ang may kasalanan ng skid namin.
“Isa lang sa mga steps ito (changing our import). Nagkataon lang na siya ang madaling i-fix sa ngayon.”
With these, Manalo hinted that the management and coaching staff will meet tonight and in the coming days to discuss possible next moves for the team, hinting at more trade transactions.
“We’ll see. Mahabang meeting at planning ito with the coaching staff, we really have to study our next moves," he added while admitting that management is not happy with the team's current showing.
“Hindi lang si Justin, we're not putting all the blame on him. We have to go back to the drawing board, evaluate this team,” stressed Manalo. “Tignan naming kung saan nagkamali."
“Isa sa changes namin ito ang pagpapalit ng import, we never expected this (losing streak), ang ganda ng simula namin, tapos bigla kaming naging 2-5 (win-loss)."
After beating highly rated teams Petron and Barangay Ginebra, Globalport suddenly lost both the toughness and focus it had shown in its first few games.
“We need to learn from this, it’s foolish kung hindi kami matututo rito. Madami na kaming nakitang mali from our previous losses,” said Manalo. “(But) we still have seven games, it’s still a long way to go."
Asked if the trades will happen this conference, Manalo answered: “Let’s see, let’s see … May meeting kami ngayon. Tingnan natin kung ano ang mapapag-usapan, siguro may mga adjustments."