WILLIE Miller believes that with the right import, Barako Bull can make some noise in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
A big, agile reinforcement with a post threat is what the two-time league Most Valuable Player sees as a perfect complement to a team he considers as 'old’ but experienced.
“Hopefully, yung import na makukuha namin eh yung agile na big, may post threat na parang combination ni Dorian (Pena) at Mick (Pennisi) na faster kasi kung makakakuha kami ng ganun, mas gaganda at ma-i-improve namin ang ipapakita namin ngayong conference,” Miller told Spin.ph shortly after Barako Bull's first practice on Monday after ending its stint in the Philippine Cup last month with a loss to Petron in the playoffs.
Miller said three weeks before the midseason conference is enough time for the Energy’s import to get familiarized with Barako Bull’s system.
The left-handed guard out of Letran added the Energy are also using the conference break to work on their execution and defense, two areas that proved to be the weakest points of the team during the All-Filipino given the short period of jelling it had prior to the start of the season.
“Eh kasi halos November na rin kami nagsama-sama, tapos marami pa kami at that time after the (rookie) draft, kaya marami pa ring kailangang i-improve,” he said.
“Ang lagi lang naman sinasabi ni coach (Bong Ramos) sa amin, just trust the system at huwag lang talaga kami mag-kanya-kanya. Kaming mga seniors, sinasabi nga namin to just stick sa game plan,” he added.
Miller averaged 10.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in more than 26 minutes of play during the season-opening conference which saw Barako got swept by Petron in the their best-of-three quarterfinals series, 2-0.
The Barako veteran has not won a league championship since 2007 when he was still the main man at Alaska.