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    Tropang TNT struggles to move on after Maxiell departure, loses to NLEX in tune-up

    Jun 24, 2016
    Tropang TNT big man Mo Tautuaa greets fans after the tune-up game.

    JONG Uichico can't say for now how badly Tropang TNT would suffer after failing to suit ip NBA veteran Jason Maxiell as import for the PBA Governors Cup.

    All the team could do at the moment is move on.

    "We really don't know," said Uichico when asked about Maxiell's failure to make the 6-foot-5 height limit for import in the conference and how it would impact on his team.

    "We like him, pero na overheight. So we move on," added the Tropang TNT mentor after the team's 83-77 loss to NLEX in their PBA campus tour Friday at the Arellano gym in Pasig.

    Both teams played with no regular import although the Road Warriors paraded Rodrigue Akl as their Asian reinforcement.

    Uichico also denied the franchise took a gamble to bring in the former Detroit Piston, even with the advanced knowledge that he likely won't make the height limit.

    "We really thought he'd come in exactly at 6'5. It just so happened he was not," he said. "It's hard to take a risk na alam mong overheight tapos padadala mo rito. That's not a wise decision."

    Maxielle had already practiced with Tropang TnT several times before he was measured at 6-5 11/16. during the official measurement at the PBA office last week.

    Still Uichico didn't discount the possibility of bringing in Maxiell in the future.

    "We'll see how he plays in the next few months, if he'll still be the same," said the man who steered the Texters to the Commissioner's Cup title last season.

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    "Kasi we're getting him for a reason and if he still has that reason in him, then we'll get him."

    Uichico said the team is still looking at several import prospects, although Asian reinforcement Michael Mandaly is set to arrive here on Sunday.

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