Ryan Araña reunites with college coach Pumaren at Globalport after being waived by KIA
After brief stops at San Miguel and Mahindra, Ryan Arana has joined GlobalPort as an unrestricted free agent after being waived by Mahindra (now Kia). Jerome Ascano

RYAN Araña has found a new, yet familiar home as he suits up for GlobalPort starting in the PBA Governors’ Cup after getting waived by Mahindra.

The 34-year-old wingman out of La Salle reunites with college coach Franz Pumaren as he provides a veteran presence to a young squad led by Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.

“After nalaman nila na iwe-waive ako ni Mahindra, kinausap ako agad ni boss Erick (Arejola) na interested nga daw si coach Franz na kunin ako, at pumayag naman ako,” Araña said in a short chat with SPIN.ph after the Batang Pier’s tune-up game against Star on Thursday.

“Hindi naman mahirap mag-adjust kasi system ni coach Franz is system namin sa La Salle dati,” he added, although he didn’t play in the 91-84 loss to the Hotshots as he was under the weather.

After spending his first eight seasons at Rain or Shine, Araña was relegated to a journeyman, moving to San Miguel Beer last season, before playing for his second team this season in his 10th year in the league.

Araña, whose contract runs until August 2018, harbors no ill feelings toward Kia.

“Wala naman (ill feelings). Magkakaibigan naman kami nila boss Joe Ramos, sila coach Chris (Gavina), sila boss Eric (Pineda),” he said. “May mga bagay lang talaga na kailangan i-let go, tsaka alam ko gusto nila mga rookies, mas bata.”

Pumaren welcomed his college ward to the fold of his young squad.

“I think we need somebody like him – tough defender, knows how to adjust to our system right away, high basketball IQ, and he will find ways to stop you, and of course, he improved his offensive skills already,” Pumaren said. 

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