FREE agent Eric Menk still brings the hits even during his free time as he offered some hard-hitting thoughts on some players who made it to the Mythical Teams in the 2016 PBA Leo Awards last Friday.
In his latest Vlog (video blog) posted on his YouTube channel on Monday, Menk shared his thoughts and concerns on the Mythical Team selection, particularly the inclusion of two NLEX players on the elite list.
“What bothered me is two NLEX players were on the second Mythical Team,” the former MVP, without mentioning the names of Asi Taulava and Sean Anthony, said at the 6-minute mark of the 14-minute long video.
"If there’s 12 teams in the league, and they (Road Warriors) finished in the bottom half of each tournament, how did they get two of the top 10 players in the league?” he added, pointing out that the Road Warriors finished seventh in all three conferences this season.
Menk went on to name players who he felt should have been on the Mythical Teams, with new Star Hotshots acquisition Paul Lee topping the list.
“He should have been on the first team. Why? Because Rain or Shine won a championship. He was the Finals MVP, he was their best player, they finished third in the All-Filipino, and they won a championship. He wasn’t on the first or second team,” said Menk.
"As a matter of fact, Rain or Shine, one of the top three teams in the league this year, didn’t have anyone on the first or second teams,” he added.
The former Alaska forward also vouched for former teammate Vic Manuel and new GlobalPort forward JR Quinahan for the second Mythical Team, as he went on to throw jabs at the voting results.
“[Lee and Quinahan] are big reasons why they won a championship. Vic was a big reason why Alaska went to two Finals. They contribute to winning teams, the goal of a basketball game is to win, the goal of the season is to win the championship,” Menk said.
“If you cant finish in the top half of the league, you do not deserve to have a player, more or less two players on the Mythical team,” added the former PBA MVP.
Menk also recommended that Governors Cup finalist Cliff Hodge should have also made the Mythical Team, as Meralco almost made the Commissioner’s Cup finals in large part due to the play of the energetic forward.
The free agent center insisted there was nothing personal against Taulava - his former teammate in the San Miguel team in the ABL - or Anthony as he explained his concern was with those who voted them into the Mythical Team.
“These guys didn’t make it while the two guys from NLEX made it. Now It’s nothing personal against NLEX, it’s nothing personal against those two players that made the Mythical 10. It’s not their fault. They did the best they could do. However, if you win, you should get rewards. And if you don’t, you shouldn’t,” he said.
“If you voted for somebody who played for NLEX in the Mythical 10, you should not be voting. You didn’t pay attention to the season at all. Shame on you,” added Menk.