Tuesday, November 14, 2017
MANILA – After drawing flak for its phantom moves during offseason, Kia Picanto appealed to PBA fans to give it a chance to showcase its unconventional play in the upcoming season.
Team Manager Joe Lipa said their head did not hit the floor when they traded their 2017 Draft top overall pick – Christian Standhardinger – to San Miguel Beermen in exchange for reserve players.
“Christian Standhardinger is a great player. The boy has big potential,” said Lipa. “It just happened that our philosophy is to play an unconventional type of basketball. We would like to shift to our philosophy, which is there will be no positions.”
“As much as possible, we would like to concentrate on long shooting. Shooting from the outside means that height is not a requirement,” he added. “What we want from those we got from San Miguel, they came from a winning program and they are veterans.”
Picanto made massive changes during offseason by elevating Chris Gavina as head coach while also signing Art dela Cruz, Ricky Dandan and John Cardel as assistants.
Aside from Ronald Tubid, Jay-R Reyes and Rashawn McCarthy, who were acquired from Beermen, Picanto also signed free agents Dylan Ababou, Jan Jamon and Pedrito Galanza.
But Picanto let go of veterans Jason Ballesteros, Nico Elorde, Josan Nimes, Jason Deutchman, and Nico Salva. It also did not sign any of its rookie selections Christian De Chavez, Christian Geronimo and Arvie Bringas.
“It may not be the conventional type of basketball people are expecting, but look at it as our little contribution and give us a chance to do something different,” Lipa said. “The idea that we’re trying to develop has been proven in the past but it takes time.”/PN