AS the first man to see Barangay Ginebra in action since its shift to the triangle offense of new coach Jeffrey Cariaso, San Miguel Beer active consultant Todd Purves said he believes the "well-coached" team can be a force to be reckoned with once the PBA Governors Cup gets underway.
“They’re (Gin Kings) gonna be good. They’re just working on their execution as well,” Purves told Spin.ph shortly after guiding the Beermen to an 89-83 victory in the two sister ballclubs' tune-up match on Thursday at the Ronac gym in San Juan.
“Of course, there’s gonna be a little bit of adjustment, but they know what they are doing, and you can see that already by the execution of their triangle and defensively as well,” he added.
“They are being well-coached. They will be formidable come conference time, no question about that.”
While San Miguel’s roster is one of the deepest in the league this season, Purves admitted new coach Ginebra Jeffrey Cariaso has tons of weapons at his disposal in his new team.
The American coach said once every Ginebra player gets used to the triangle offense, the Kings are expected to give the rest of the field, including San Miguel, a tough competition.
“I think they’ve got a very bright future and I think they can execute the triangle well,” said the 41-year-old Purves.
“Every time we face them, we’ll have our hands full. They have some great pieces to work with,” he added, mentioning Ginebra’s 'Twin Towers’ of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, along with high-flying sophomore Chris Ellis.
But Purves said he welcomes the expected competition from Ginebra, knowing that when it happens, the PBA fans in general stand to benefit.
“It’s (Ginebra’s improvement) good for the league. As a coach, you know you’ll be facing some fierce competition. But as a competitor, you also love the fact that the league will only get better,” explained Purves, the same man who guided the Indonesia Warriors to the Asean Basketball League (ABL) title in 2012.
“When you bring in some good coaches and some good systems, that can only benefit the fans in the long run,” he said.
Ginebra is coming off fruitless campaigns in the first two conferences this season under coach Ato Agustin and “active assistant coach” Juno Sauler in the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup, respectively.
The Kings have since tapped Cariaso as their new coach. The team will be reinforced by wide-bodied former University of Tennessee-Chattanooga standout Zachheus Mason for the season-ending tournament.