TALK ‘N Text coach Norman Black is contemplating on making an import change yet again after Rodney Carney put on another performance that left a lot to be desired Monday night in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Tropang Texters cruised past Air21, 102-91, but NBA veteran Carney was good for only 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting, including a scoreless stint in the second half, and two rebounds, although he did have three steals in 22 minutes.
“Fortunately for us the local unit has stepped up and filled the void offensively and defensively,” said Black, who drew significant contributions from his powerhouse squad led by Ranidel de Ocampo, Jayson Castro, Jimmy Alapag, and Kelly Williams.
“But you can’t expect that to happen all the time, so I think the coaching staff and the management will sit down and figure out what we’re going to do about this,” added the American mentor, considered one of the greatest imports to have played in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
It was the second sub-par outing for the 6-foot-5 Carney, who finished with just 13 points and two boards in his debut game last Saturday when the Texters emerged a 103-97 winner over San Miguel Beer.
If they replace Carney, it would be the Texters’ second import change after they were forced to swap Othyus Jeffers, who had an impressive debut, but encountered a contract glitch with the NBA.
“We’ll also sit down with Rodney and make him understand that he has to produce more if he really wants to stay here in the Phlippines,” added Black.
“As of the moment, there’s no decision on that, but we will be discussing it, because things are going to get tougher for us, so we really need more production from our import.”