REDEN Celda refused to pin the blame of Kia’s woes in the PBA Governors’ Cup on lack of talent on the team, implying they could’ve made up for it with their effort.
The luckless Picanto saw their disappointing conference and season come to an end on Friday when they suffered their worst loss in franchise history, a 128-81 beating at the hands of Star.
But despite having the shallowest roster in the league, Celda feels they could’ve done better.
“Meron na ring ganun (factor), pero hindi naman reason siguro yun (lack of talent),” the rookie guard said. “Kasi parehas lang naman kaming basketball player eh, parehas lang ng kinakain, parehas kami nagte-training araw-araw.”
“Siguro, yung winning culture lang, yung kagustuhan manalo, wala eh,” he added. “So yun yung babaguhin namin next year. Talagang dapat pumunta ka ng venue para manalo, hindi yung para maglaro lang.”
Celda is one of the few bright spots for the Picanto this season, ending his stint with nine points, two rebounds, and two steals against one turnover in 22 minutes against the Hotshots.
But other than him, there was little to cheer about for the Picanto.
“Struggle talaga kami sa depensa, sa opensa,” Celda said.
“Tapos nandun na talaga yung kanya-kanya," the former National University standout added. “Kailangan lang naming mag-stick sa role and magkaroon ng communication."
Celda feels their biggest need for is a big man like Christian Standhardinger, who they can take with the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.
“Pwede is (Standhardinger) kasi lalo sa amin, ang liliit namin eh, bigs talaga kulang namin,” Celda said. “Sa guards naman, nakakasabay naman. Every game, talo talaga kami sa rebounding tapos yung presence namin sa ilalim – may import nga kami, kaso guard naman din yung laro.”
“Kung may chance kami na kuhanin yun, malaking bagay sa amin yun,” he added.