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    Topex insists Mocon trade not meant to cushion Wright exit

    Jun 9, 2022
    Javee Mocon vs San Miguel
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    PHOENIX Super LPG coach Topex Robinson made it clear the trade that brought in Javee Mocon was not made in preparation for the possible departure of Matthew Wright from the team.

    Robinson said the Fuel Masters aacquired Mocon from Rain or Shine in exchange for Nick Demusis and two future draft picks to jumpstart its bid to put together the best team possible for the PBA Philippine Cup.

    “We are trying to move forward with ‘Is Matt gonna stay? Is Matt not staying?’ Sabi nga ni Matt, he is focused on the now," he said. "What’s important is how this players can blend together especially idadagdag naming si Javee who only practiced for us one day."

    Mocon had five points and seven rebounds in his Phoenix debut as the Fuel Masters put up a whale of a fight before bowing to San Miguel, 108-100, on Wednesday.

    Robinson said he is glad to see Mocon blend well with his new teammates including Wright despite the short preparation.

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    “It gets me excited. They blend well. Matt makes sure that he is going to involve Javee because he doesn’t see the floor everytime he uses the ball screen. He is looking for somebody who is going to be open and be a threat.”

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    As for Wright, Robinson said the Phoenix star was also solid with 22 points amid the uncertainty over his future with the team once his contract expires at the end of the conference.

    “Matt has been solid in the second half, really taking care and being a veteran. Yes, he was missing shots but that’s Matt for us. He missed a lot of shots and he won a game for us against Rain or Shine (in Bacolor). It’s typical Matt.”

    “But we are not thinking more than the all-Filipino. ‘Yun muna ang focus namin. It’s not really preparing for Matt leaving. Wala kaming ganung usapan,” Robinson said.

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