MAHINDRA finally unveiled its new training facility on Saturday inside the luxurious Azure Urban Resort and Residences at the heart of Bicutan.
And grateful that they are, the Enforcers believe the only way to pay management back for its generosity is to win as many ballgames as they can.
“Management has been very good to us providing things like this,” said sophomore guard Karl Dehesa, who marveled at ‘The Hardcourt.’ “Hopefully, we can start translating it and get them some win.”
The team led by interim coach Chito Victolero was present during the blessing of the facility that houses modern equipment and amenities which conform to the standards of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Columbian Group of Companies’ chairman and PBA Board of Governor Jose Alvarez led the inauguration along with top honchos of the car company now on its second season in the pro league.
“That’s already in the plan even before we started developing the team last year,” said team manager Eric Pineda. “Ang idea is for them to have all the time that they can practice. Not like if we just rent out a gym, its limited e. Dito talagang marami kaming naka-plano.”
The facility also features Porter basketball backboards commonly used in the NBA and rubber padded maple-flooring set to prevent players from incurring on-court injuries.
Pineda added a shooting machine similar to the one being used by NBA superstar Steph Curry will be arriving soon to add to the amenities of the gym that also has its own weights room, aside from the huge swimming pool nearby which the players can use.
“We want to create an environment for the players na they don’t have to think of anything else except to play,” said the Mahindra team manager, who added all the players and the coaching staff are also housed at the Azure.
Mahindra can also boasts of being the only PBA franchise today which has its own training facility.
“I think we are the first to have its own facility,” said Pineda “Meralco has but I think it has been there even before the (PBA) team, and its like more for the use of the employees.”
Conspicuously not around was playing-coach Manny Pacquiao, who was supposed to attend the affair but didn’t get the nod of trainer Freddie Roach as the team of the boxing superstar was set to leave for the US later in the day for the second half of his training for his April 9 fight against Tim Bradley.
Also gracing the event were Blackwater team governor Siliman Sy, Tropang TNT assistant team manager Magnum Membrere, and former Mahindra alternate governor Ginia Domingo.