LA Tenorio played down Ginebra’s slow progress in its buildup for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup due to an early import change and their new reinforcement still adjusting to the weather in the country.
Supposedly set to field wingman Shane Edwards to stand in for Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings started from scratch after opting to make a change in big man Charles Garcia to man the middle with Greg Slaughter out with a severe ankle sprain.
To make their development even slower, the 6-foot-10 Garcia has yet to fully adapt to the system as the California native is still adjusting to the weather, evidenced by some vomiting during a tune-up game.
The 29-year-old Garcia also sat on the sidelines in practice on Thursday when was also set to go to the hospital to get hydrated.
“We really can’t get a full assessment on him yet,” Cone told SPIN.ph after practice. “He’s going to go to the hospital tonight and get some IVs and stuff, and hopefully get his electrolyte balance correct.”
“He’s barely been able to practice, but we’re hoping we can get him right in the next day or two,” he added.
Asked if there’s frustration on their part, Tenorio would rather focus on the locals’ chemistry that he feels will speed up Garcia’ jelling with the team.
“Siguro more than the frustration, just be positive na lang na everything will fall into place din naman,” Tenorio said. “Alam naman ni coach Tim yung ginagawa niya…so alam na rin namin kung anong gagawin – how we play, how we play together defensively and offensively, so I think the system, itself, will run the team.”
“I don’t think changing imports will be a problem … kasi magkakasama na kami matagal na, so I think mas madali for the import na mag-adjust sa amin,” he added. “Ngayon na bago import namin, he’s still adjusting not only sa system, but also to the weather. Give it one game, ma-feel lang niya, so I think we’ll be okay.”
Garcia also expressed confidence that he’ll adjust quickly.
“Just a little bit (adjustment). I just got to get used to the league. It’s my first time here,” said the journeyman big man, who last played for the Austin Spurs. “But it’s like every other league, country I’ve played the first season. I’ll adjust pretty fast.”