TALK `N Text is supposed to be taking a break following its successful title-retention drive in the recent PBA Philippine Cup.
But not assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.
On a Sunday, Norman Black’s deputy had his hands full at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center supervising drills at the post as well as weight training with team import Keith Benson.
Good thing, Arespacochaga, tasked by Black and team manager Aboy Castro to personally train the 24-year-old import, likes what he’s seeing so far.
“Maganda `yung shooting touch, komportable siya sa kahit sa labas, which is okay for us kasi hindi siya strictly lang panloob,” said Arespacochaga to Spin.ph about his observation on Benson.
“Of course, hindi pa namin nakikita in person paano maglaro kasi iba `yung five-on-five eh, but based on reports nila coach Norman na sila nakapanood ng games niya, very positive naman.”
The import, who last played for the Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League, arrived in the country from Detroit, Michigan four days ago.
The championship pedigree of the Texters, who won a third-straight All-Filipino title last week, convinced him to ply his trade for the telecommunication franchise.
“I’m excited to play,” Benson said. “I know it’s a great team and I think I can help them a lot. I’m happy to be with this team.”
Benson has yet to train with champion teammates, who are currently on vacation following the Philippine Cup Finals. But he said he has already seen them play during Game One of the title series against Rain or Shine.
“I like the way they play,” Benson said. “They get up and down and run.”
“It’s an exciting type of basketball, something I can fit in with,” added the Oakland product, saying he can provide “scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking” to the team.
Those qualities are common among imports, but Benson believes he has the edge against the rest because of one thing.
“I’m skilled. I can run the floor,” he said. “I’m just going try and fit in well with the team and hope for the best.”