KIA begs for understanding, seeks chance to prove philosophy amid anger at trade
New KIA team manager Joe Lipa speaks before mediamen at the team's practice facility. Jerome Ascano

AS if changes made by KIA Picanto in the past weren't enough, the franchise is again up for another major transformation.

Whether for good or for worse, it remains to be seen.

“We’re in the midst of reorganizing the whole team. It’s going to be a complete reshuffle,” said KIA representative to the PBA board Bobby Rosales during a press conference on Friday held at the team's practice facility at the Azure Urban Resort and Residences.

KIA has been under the microscope again following its decision to strike a deal with powerhouse San Miguel Beer involving the year’s top rookie draft pick and a number of role players.

Big man Christian Standhardinger, a bruising 6-foot-7 Fil-German, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the Oct. 29 draft. He will likely land in the Beermen's lap if the trade proposal is approved by Commissioner Chito Narvasa.

While the move got a lot of flak from within the PBA family as well as from the media and fans, KIA management begged for understanding.

“It’s a normal reaction when you disturb the status quo, but we appeal to the public to give us a chance to prove our philosophy,” said Rosales, speaking to the public for the first time regarding the controversy.

Rosales was joined in the mini-press conference by new team manager Joe Lipa, who expounded on the new style of play the team plans to unveil next season.

“It might not be the conventional type of basketball people are expecting, but we’d like to veer away from the orthodox type of play,” stressed Lipa, who previously served as team consultant.

 

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