NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez stressed the Road Warriors do not envy sister teams Talk ‘N Text and Meralco, which recently underwent overseas training as part of their preparation for the coming 41st season of the PBA.
The Bolts embarked on a two-week training camp in Las Vegas while the Tropang Texters, the flagship team of the MVP group, went to Korea and played in a pocket tournament featuring teams from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
For their part, the Road Warriors were content to just stay behind.
“Hindi naman (nag-seselos),” Fernandez said in a chat with Spin.ph after practice on Monday. “Panganay naman sila eh, so okay lang.”
The veteran mentor, though, cited the benefit of spending some time abroad where team usually gain chemistry by training in seclusion.
“Yun lang, medyo iba lang (pag abroad) kasi bonding talaga,” said Fernandez, who definitely knows what he’s talking about, having led San Beda to back-to-back NCAA titles after undergoing overseas camps in the preseason.
But Fernandez is not complaining and is making do with their local camp at the Meralco gym.
“Sa amin kasi, America man o dito, as long as we do our job, we prepare, pareho lang naman 'yun.”
As a consolation, the Road Warriors hired an American skills coach in Drew Dunlop to help them improve individually.
Fernandez, though, bared the team is also scheduled for a team-building session, although just out of town, somewhere in North Luzon by the end of the month.
“At least may team bonding kami,” he said.