IN four conferences in the pro league, GlobalPort has gone through four coaches and a number of personnel changes it has become too hard to keep up who is who in its roster.
Team owner Mikee Romero has an explanation for it.
Contrary to claims that he is too impatient, Romero said he is merely trying to find the right mix of coaches and players that could bring GlobalPort the same success it has enjoyed in the old PBL and the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
“Maraming nagtatanong kung bakit kami palit ng palit," said the team owner. "With a young team, you have to find the right mix. Kaya hangga’t hindi namin nakukuha ’ ’yung tamang mix, tuluy-tuloy kami sa paghahanap ng something na suitable to our team.”
The latest round of changes in the team saw the arrival of longtime University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio to take over from interim coach Ritchie Ticson as well as former Petron starting guard Alex Cabagnot, who was swapped for Sol Mercado.
More than his scoring and renowned late-game heroics, Romero said the Batang Pier are counting on Cabagnot to be one of the leaders of a team that has a lot of rising stars like Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, and Nico Salva.
“He will definitely be the leader of this team,” Romero said. “One factor din kaya namin siya kinuha because this team needs a leader and a character.”
“Hopefully, Alex can provide that,” Romero added.
Romero, who has also put up a national team that won gold in the Southeast Asian Games, said he is also counting on playmaker Cabagnot to involve the rookies more.
“With Alex around, I’m sure that the ball will be moving. The key here is how the rookies will be part of the whole rotation,” Romero said.
Romero, at least, has ruled out any more changes to the team ahead of the Commissioner's Cup, saying he is willing to give this current group to get its act together.
“It will take a few months dahil bagong-bago pa lang kami,” said Romero.