YENG Guiao may no longer be Rain or Shine coach, but he's still excited to see James Yap and Jeff Chan - two of the PBA's best gunners - playing together at his old ballclub.
Imagine a situation, Guiao said, where a Rain or Shine point guard, say Chris Tiu, brings the ball downcourt and is spoiled for choice whether to give it to Chan on the deep left corner or Yap on the other side, both ready to shoot three.
Talk about a double-barreled threat.
Pick your poison, coaches.
"That should be fun to watch," Guiao chuckled, just hours after hearing the news that Yap, for so long the face of the Purefoods franchise, has been traded to Rain or Shine for Paul Lee in a one-on-one blockbuster deal.
"They are two of the best shooters we have right now, so it should be interesting to see how they play together - and how the defense plays them," added the seven-time champion coach.
Guiao will soon be among the among the coaches trying to figure out that problem after his move to NLEX, but for now he's just as thrilled weighing the possibilities for his former ballclub after two big moves in a span of one day.
Guiao's surprise departure actually triggered a rejig of the Rain or Shine club that on Thursday saw JR Quinahan's departure for GlobalPort in a trade for Jay Washington and later Lee's trade to star for Yap.
The situation is still very much fluid for Rain or Shine, with a number of players, like Beau Belga, still yet to sign on the dotted line despite being offered a three-year maximum deal to stay put.
But what is almost certain is that Rain or Shine, with the exception of the 34-year-old Yap, will have a younger core next season with Jericho Cruz, Raymond Almazan, and Tiu locked down to long-term deals.
Now on the outside looking in, Guiao said he was more surprised to see a ballclub he coached for six years and to two PBA championships let go of the wide-bodied Quinahan than he was with the Lee trade.
The outspoken coach said he had a feeling that there was a small chance Rain or Shine would lose Lee after he was signed to a two-year extension in 2014, but simply smiled when asked why.
As for Quinahan, Guiao said he expected Rain or Shine to keep him.
"JR Quinahan played really well last season, in fact he is one of the candidates for the Most Improved Player award," said Guiao. "And besides, quality big men are hard to find these days."