GINEBRA import Leon Rodgers was hard on himself after the Kings suffered a 112-96 blowout at the hands of San Miguel Beer Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Although he poured in a team-high 33 points, the 6-foot-5 Rodgers rued his poor shooting after going just 9-of-27 from the field including 0-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc, which is supposed to be the strong point of his game.
“I’m just disappointed with myself. I haven’t found my rhythm yet,” he said. “I get 30 points, but I’ve been missing a lot of threes. I take a lot of that responsibility.”
“The coaches are giving us the right instruction and our management puts us in the right situation. But we as players, we have to do it,” he added.
Rodgers felt the Kings were beaten thoroughly in the energy department, leading to a one-sided 24-2 fastbreak advantage for the Beermen before a horrified pro-Ginebra crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“That’s just part of being an import but right now, we’re struggling offensively and I think it’s more so, we’re giving them (Beermen) too many second chance points,” said the three-time MVP of the Dutch League.
“I think our slogan is never-say-die, but we’re not playing that way, we’re playing too soft.”
With seven games to go in the shortened elimination round, Rodgers is expecting a lot of changes in the team this coming week as the Kings try to regroup and hopefully, come out with a victory against the San Mig a week from now.
As the import, Rodgers expects himself to lead by example.
“It’s gonna be a week of changes. I think within our practice, get on with the guys. They (management) brought me here because of my experience and leadership. Now we just got to go out there and do what we gonna do,” he said.