MANILA, Philippines – NLX head coach Yong Guiao believes Terafirma could have won a championship now if he had kept all his talents and resources for the past several years.
Guiao and the Road Warriors almost fell victim to the Deep on Wednesday when both teams made their debuts in the 2022 Philippine Cup.
“Terrafirma is really good. We can’t underestimate Terrafirma. They have people, they have size. They really have a part, they have the materials for this team,” said Guiao after NLEX’s 105-102 victory at the Araneta Coliseum. The only important thing for them is that their association lasts. “
(Terafirma is a really good team. We can’t underestimate Terafirma. They are a big team, they have size. They really have pieces, this team has materials [to win]. But for them, the most important thing for their team is to stay together for a long time.)
“It always feels like the player is holding on to it, so if the player just doesn’t hold on to it, then maybe that terafirma will be the champion,” he added.
(If they had been intact, Terafirma would have already won the championship.)
Terrafirma has been at the center of several controversial businesses since entering the PBA in 2014 under the Kia brand.
In 2015, the franchise sent Troy Rosario to TNT two days after he was selected second overall in the draft in exchange for Kevin Alas and Rob Reyes. But both Alas and Reyes were quickly transferred to NLEX.
Two years later, Kia finds herself in hot water again, trading the number one overall pick of the San Miguel Bear draft for Ronald Tubid, J.R. Reyes and Ration McCarthy. Phil-German big man Christian Standhardinger topped the draft.
In early 2021, Terrafirma handed over the rights to Matt Ganuelas-Roser, Gelo Alolino, Russell Escotto, and the first round of 2021 and 2022, to its star guard CJ Perez to San Miguel.
Last month, the DIP raised eyebrows again to replace their number two overall pick Jeremiah Gray for Xavi Gomez de Liano, who was ranked eighth overall in the latest draft by Barangay Geneva and Brian Enriquez.
Terafirma only made it to the playoffs at the 2016 Governors Cup একমাত্র the only time to end a conference with a winning record.
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