EXPANSION franchise Kia Motors ended its maiden PBA campaign on an embarrassing note after bowing to NLEX in its final game in the season-opener Philippine Cup, 88-80.
But lead assistant coach Glen Capacio could only hope team management would be understanding enough to bear with the so-called birth pains of the Sorento.
“Mahirap talaga. Sana may patience yung management sa amin because there are no shortcuts here sa PBA,” said Capacio as he looked back at the way the Sorento played in their maiden conference in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
The Sorento were without playing-coach Manny Pacquiao against the Warriors after the boxing hero got stranded in General Santos City on Sunday due to typhoon Ruby.
Capacio admitted the legendary boxing champion is disappointed with the way Kia Motors limped home with a 1-10 record in the conference after losing 10 straight games, its lone win coming during the season opener at the expense of fellow expansion team Blackwater, 80-66.
“Siyempre, disappointed siya (Pacquiao). He’s a winner, pero naiintindihan naman niya yung katayuan namin na kulang pa 'yung players namin,” said Capacio.
The lack of reliable go-to-guys other than Reil Cervantes is what hampered Kia’s initial campaign in the league, admitted Capacio.
“Kulang talaga sa materyales, e,” said the former pro known for his defensive prowess during his playing days. “Kailangan makakuha pa talaga ng quality players to compete.”
Hopefully, the outcome would be much better in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup where Kia will be allowed to tap an import of unlimited height.
Capacio disclosed the team’s desire to tap Iran big man Hamed Haddadi as its import, although nothing is final yet about the matter.
“Sa ngayon gusto talaga namin si Haddadi. Na-email na nga namin `yung agent niya,” said the Kia deputy mentor. “Hindi pa naman sure na makukuha ito kasi sa salary, siyempre NBA caliber ito. So hindi biro-biro ang price na ibibigay nito.”