PUREFOODS finds itself in a quandary as to who among its locals will get the bump in playing minutes if and when the team decides to tap an Asian import when it defends its PBA Governors Cup title starting next month.
Team board of governor Rene Pardo pointed out that with a nine-man rotation under coach Tim Cone, one of those players will be forced to sit out or have a limited playing minutes in the event an Asian reinforcement comes in.
“Di ko alam kay coach Tim. Di naman namin (management) ino-obliga na kumuha (ng Asian reinforcement) but if we can find one na acceptable, siguro puwede,” Pardo told Spin.ph.
“Pino-problema namin kasi eh kung sino ang iu-upo, kasi you have to weigh it. He (Asian reinforcement) should be very, very good para bawasan mo yung minuto ni James Yap or PJ Simon.”
Pardo said they have established contacts when the Hotshots flew to South Korea last year for their preparation for last season’s Governors Cup.
A short list of Asian prospects have been given to them, but he’s leaving the decision to Cone.
However, Pardo said, personally, he feels the Asian reinforcement works best for teams that are in dire need of shooters like Ginebra and expansion team KIA.
“Bagay lang yan sa mga kokonti ang shooters sa team. Halimbawa ang Ginebra, they will benefit from that kasi mahusay yan,” he said, referring to the Gin Kings’ incoming Asian ‘import’ Sanchir Tungala, hailed as the best player in Mongolia today.
KIA team manager Eric Pineda already bared the team’s intention to tap an Asian import, who could pair up with comebacking import Peter John Ramos for the third conference.
For the moment, the Carnival are negotiating to get the services of a Korean gunner.