Franz Pumaren eyeing trades, says loss to TNT exposed GlobalPort's 'shallow bench'
GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren will sit down with team management to discuss possible moves to improve their roster for the Commissioner's Cup. Jerome Ascano

GLOBALPORT coach Franz Pumaren is eager to bolster his roster after TNT KaTropa exposed the Batang Pier’s weakness — a shallow bench — by competing a sweep of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Monday.

Pumaren admitted to being disappointed for their early exit after the team made the semifinals in the same tournament last year. But the veteran coach is not one to complain.  

"Of course I'm disappointed we didn't make it to the next round," said Pumaren in the aftermath of GlobalPort's 95-90 loss to TnT on Monday.

"I'll be a hypocrite if I tell you I'm already satisfied. But definitely, what we achieved right now is quite successful in a way. I think overall we did pretty well, considering our lineup."

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But while he’s not complaining about his team’s makeup, Pumaren is also not content as he looks to address their glaring weaknesses in terms of roster depth and veteran experience. 

"Ako naman, ever since even in my college days, I'm not the type of coach that will complain about my present lineup. I always make sure whatever lineup I have, I'll try to make the most out of it," said the former La Salle coach.  

"But even before the start of the season, I've been telling management, this team, we're a playoff contender. But for us to move forward, we need at least two to three more players to fill in those gaps. Today's game I think it's a strong validation that we have a very shallow bench."

Still, the amiable mentor said he is licensed and looking to pull off trades as they seek to perform better in the Commissioner's Cup. 

"That's part and parcel of me being a head coach, it's to make sure to improve each conference. Right now with GlobalPort, I have a free hand in trying to make some movements," he said. 

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"Even trades, I make sure I'm on top of everything. But definitely within this week, I'll be sitting down with management. This is just a learning chapter for us. For us to compete with the big boys, at the end of the day, we still need players," added Pumaren.

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