WITH the smoke from the draft lottery controversy finally clear, Rain or Shine team co-owner Raymund Yu hopes the top pick in the coming PBA rookie draft will lead to a better future for GlobalPort.
They may be rival team owners, but Yu hopes for the best for GlobalPort counterpart Mikee Romero, whose team will have the luxury to select first from a pool that is expected to have an abundance of talent.
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“(Bobby Ray Parks) can pass, he can shoot, he can penetrate, he looks like a very intelligent player. Some people say he is a bigger, better, stronger version of Jayson Castro.” Rain or Shine co-owner Raymond Yu
“Mikee is a good friend. And we are happy that the number one pick went to them. They have a chance to draft a talent like Stanley Pringle,” Yu said, aware that the exciting former NBA prospect is joining this year’s draft.
The youthful Asian Coatings franchise executive attested to the quality of talent that Pringle possesses.
“He can pass, he can shoot, he can penetrate, he looks like a very intelligent player. Some people say he is a bigger, better, stronger version of Jayson Castro,” he said of the former Indonesia Warriors star in the Asean Basketball League.
“Pringle should be a good cornerstone for the GlobalPort franchise. I think he can bring Mikee and GlobalPort many championships for many years to come,” the team owner added.
Yu also advised the three-year-old franchise to be patient, pointing out that it took Rain or Shine six years before it could win its first-ever PBA championship in the 2012 Governors’ cup.
“I think Pringle will be one of the vital pieces in the puzzle of GlobalPort. If they can be patient, kay Pringle magsisimula ang pag buildup ng kanilang team,” he said.
The Elasto Painters, for their part, are not too hot on the Filipino-American guard.
“OK yung Pringle, pero puno na kami ng spot niya eh. Hindi na ganun ka-urgent ang need namin sa ganung spot,’ Yu said, stressing it’s Rain or Shine’s need for a big man which he wants to address with the No. 2 pick overall the team acquired from Meralco.
With this the longtime business partner of hardware tycoon Terry Que is keeping his fingers crossed that versatile former UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr will beat the August 13 deadline for the rookie draft application.
“We’re hoping that Bobby Ray Parks joins or may mga malalaki pa na mag join because kulang kami dun sa pwesto na yun,” he said.