STAR coach Jason Webb refused to dwell on the departure of Joe Devance, instead focusing on what they got in exchange from a recent four-team trade.
After giving up the versatile Filipino-American forward who went to Barangay Ginebra to be reunited with coach Tim Cone, the Hotshots gained two young, promising cagers in Jake and Ronald Pascual.
“We don’t look at the past,” Webb said on Wednesday after the Hostshots’ tune-up game against Alaska at Hoops Center. “We look at what we have and what we have are good, quality guys that we have to integrate (in our system) as soon as possible.”
Jake Pascual, the sophomore forward from Barako Bull, registered a point, while Ronald, a seldom-used former first-round pick from San Miguel Beer, wound up scoreless against the Aces in the Hotshots’ first exhibition of the offseason.
If it’s up to him alone, Webb is ruling out any more player movements with the new season of the PBA opening in less than a month’s time.
“There’s not really enough time to make any more movements,” the rookie mentor said. “Ang lapit na eh.”
“Unless pwede pa namin kunin yung LeBron James,” he added with a smile before turning serious. “We’re good with what we have. Whatever it is that we have, I’m confident that our guys are guys that have a lot of pride and lalaban.”
The Hotshots are far away from reaching their potential as they squandered a 16-point lead against the Aces and settled for a 83-83 draw.
“We’re still a ways from (reaching top form),” Webb said.