Yeng Guiao hints at trades as NLEX continues free fall: 'There has to be some changes'
Yeng Guiao had another long post-game talk with his team - the longest since he assumed the reins at NLEX - after a loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night. Jerome Ascano

NLEX coach Yeng Guiao expressed the prospect of initiating trades after his team moved on the brink of being eliminated for playoff contention in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night.

Following the Road Warriors’ 102-91 loss to Phoenix, Guiao bared he will meet with his coaching staff to discuss recommendations which they will present to management.

“That (player movement) is a possibility,” Guiao said. “That’s always a possibility, especially if you’re struggling and you feel that you need to build up the team. You can build it up internally, you can also built it up from external sources.”

“There has to be some changes,” he added. “This is a process and it’s also good for us because this will actually reveal what our weaknesses are and what we need to do this early para mabigyan agad ng remedy kung ano man yung problema.”

The players who have shown they can handle pressure and display character will definitely stay, Guiao said.

“Itong mga players na ‘to, tinitingnan ko kung sino yung may puso na kaya yung pressure talaga na magpe-peform sila under pressure with the expectations that are put on their shoulders, and at the same time with me yelling and cursing at them, they should be able to perform,” the firebrand mentor said.

“So pagkanakapag-perform sila nun, that means karapat-dapat silang ma-retain sa team.”

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Guiao had another long talk – definitely the longest yet – with his players in the dugout after the loss to the Fuel Masters, but insisted it was going to be his last this conference.

“Sabi ko nga, ito na 'yung huling sabon ko for this conference eh, kaya tinagalan ko na. Tsaka yung pag-sabon ko, baka mga isang linggo siguro sila nagbabanlaw dyan para maalis yung sabon na yan,” he said with a smile. “At least magtanda sila.

“I think that’s always been part of the gauntlet that they have to go through with our culture. We’re trying to establish a culture, and mayroon talagang masasala,” he added. “For now, every game and every practice, we will just try to maximize whatever we can learn while we’re still competing.”

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