OFFICIALS of NLEX affirmed it intends to stick with import Kwame Alexander even if it means failing to make the playoffs of the PBA Governors Cup.
The Road Warriors’ playoffs chances hang in the balance following their latest loss Friday night at the hands of streaking San Miguel, 96-92.
The hulking Alexander finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks before fouling out with still under two minutes left.
Team manager Ronald Dulatre later assured Alexander that he will keep his job with the Road Warriors until the end of their campaign.
“Hindi na, tatapusin na lang niya,” Dulatre told Spin.ph.
The soft-spoken NLEX executive admitted Alexander’s supposed replacement Joshua Dollard is in town since early this week, but the team failed to secure his release papers from Barako Bull.
“Nag-try na kami (to get Dollard’s release paper), pero hindi siya ni-release ng Barako, so stick na kami kay Kwame,” he added.
On the other hand, Alexander remained confident NLEX can still make it to the quarterfinals as long as the Road Warriors display the same kind of effort and intensity in their last four games.
“I’m pretty confident we can (make it to the playoffs). It would be pretty difficult, but if we play the way we played against these teams, sky’s the limit,” said the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown champion in Los Angeles.
“We have a pretty good chance we can. I would like to be in the playoffs and get a second shot at San Miguel and all the other teams we lost to.”