MERALCO is not closing the door on tapping another import despite a disappointing experience with original choice Mohammad Jamshidi.
Coach Norman Black said team management is still open to the idea of looking for a replacement for the Iranian national team member, whose stint with the franchise came to an abrupt end last week when both parties came to a mutual agreement to formally part ways.
“No names yet. We haven’t even discussed it,” said Black in the post game interview following the Bolts’ 105-90 rout of an import-less Blackwater side in the PBA Governors Cup Wednesday night.
“We still need a shooter, we need guys to space the floor for us,” he added. “We’re open to the idea of bringing an Asian import who can shoot.”
Black admitted the 25-year-old Iranian guard didn’t quickly adjust to the style of play in the league.
In particular, Jamshidi didn’t make good on his outside shots, which basically is what the Bolts needed from him.
“Our problem with Jamshidi is that he dind’t make outside shots the whole time here,” said Black, noting the 6-foot-4 Asian import was 0 for 14 from the three-point range in the five games he played with the team.
“I know he’s got a good reputation and is a good player for the Iranian national team but he’s having a very difficult time of adjusting here in the PBA like most of the Asian imports are,” added the Meralco mentor.