WHILE Rain or Shine has won back-to-back games to take a place in the top half of the standings, coach Yeng Guiao isn’t entirely pleased with the Painters situation.
The fiery coach remains firm in his statement that players who don’t do as expected can and will be shipped out as the Painters hope to finally make it to the top after placing second in the all-Filipino conference over the past two seasons.
“Nanalo naman kami ng dalawang sunod so yung sense of urgency nandun na, but that’s (trading the players) always an option for any coach naman,” Guiao said when asked about his statement about possibly trading half of his team if the players don’t shape up.
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Tied for fourth spot with Talk ’N Text, Guiao hopes to see a more, scrappy and more focused Rain or Shine squad when it faces Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao.
Gametime is at 5 p.m.
The fiery Rain or Shine coach said what he told the Elasto Painters is a way to warn them against complacency.
“I just want to bring it to their consciousness, kasi masyado na kaming naging complacent,” he said.
“You want them to be a little uncomfortable to understand that you cannot live from what you have done last season. You always have to live at the present,” added Guiao.
Despite the loss, Meralco coach Norman Black expects his boys to bring the same defensive intensity against Rain or Shine, a team that thrives in physicality and a running game.
“We need to do a better job at executing in the endgame,” said Black.
“Transition defense and perimeter defense will be a priority, especially against Jeff Chan and Paul Lee.”