WITH an abundance of talent at his disposal, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao now has a problem deciding who will make the team’s official 14-man roster for the coming 39th season of the PBA.
But it's a good problem to have.
The fiery coach got a fairly good idea of the kind of team he can potentially have for the new season following the Elasto Painters’ tune-up game against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday, where three of their four rookie draftees played for the first time.
They Said It!
“The problem is a little bit more complicated now. I really want to keep the chemistry of the team, I really want to keep my old players, but the new players deserve a slot." - Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao
“I’m having problems because I have to make decisions on who gets the regular slots or not. Mas lumaki `yung problema ko dahil nga nakita ko pwede naman `yung mga rookies eh,” explained the multi-titled coach following the match which the Kings won, 95-90.
Alex Nuyles, Jeric Teng, and Gayford Rodriguez suited up for Rain or Shine although first-round pick Raymond Almazan didn’t play as he’s preparing with the Letran Knights for Thursday’s NCAA men’s Final Four.
“The problem is a little bit more complicated now. I really want to keep the chemistry of the team, I really want to keep my old players, but the new players deserve a slot,” said Guiao.
“But of course, Jeric (Teng), Alex (Nuyles), and Gayford (Rodriguez), we’ll sign those three guys,” he added.
Beyond the roster dilemma, Guiao is nonetheless happy with the way the Elasto Painters played.
“I’m pretty happy, we tried to play everybody. We were testing our rookies,” he said.
“Raymond (Almazan) can’t play because he has a playoff game tomorrow (with Letran). We practiced only a week, the rookies two days. But the upside is good, there’s a lot of improvement I can see happening especially with the rookies,” Guaio added.