Loyalty Swap: Those who need to
February 8, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
There’s a TOP TEN version of this post at www.sydrified.org!
If these guys were playing for the new Air21 Express team, they could have easily scored 20 minutes and perhaps unloaded at least ten shot attempts.
Unfortunately they aren’t.
This is like the fantasy league that I am in. Teams tend to go selfish and keep the top players even if they have little or no use on that player. Eventually fans feel that person’s talent gets cheapened and over-benching causes the player to lose their awesomeness.
Bitoy Omolon and Mark Isip should be happy that even if they won’t make the playoffs, they will finally have the playing time they desperately crave.
But I’m not so sure about the others.
By the way, seeing that playing for Air21 or Alaska (not unless you’re Julius Pasculado) is an opportunity in itself, their participation in this topic will be transferred to more “exposure-needy” players.
Game starts now!
5 DON ALLADO / BARAKO BULL
Just like Enrico Villanueva, Allado flourished as the top dog in the inside as shown in their recent charity game where he was judged as the MVP. Surely Franz Pumaren can use Allado to prompt Air21’s winning ways. Fact is, Allado is averaging less than 20 minutes for the Energy and he could get a break with Junel Baculi relying more on Dorian Pena, Mick Pennisi, Danny Seigle, and hell even Jondan Salvador. I can say that Leo Najorda needs more time and Jimbo Aquino should explode next conference but like I said, the Lina franchise should ask a random SMC squad to conduit for them to send Allado to Air21. If they want they can boost their uniform sales by adding a third team colors which is the color green. Allado can still go and could still give other teams a run for their money. Or maybe he could move back to Alaska and retire with style. I can’t say they’ll hang his jersey but maybe he can help the team return to past prominence.
LOYALTY SWAP NOMINEES: AIR21, ALASKA, POWERADE
4 JARED DILLINGER / TALK N TEXT
Here’s the thing – the guy started out with so much promise and while his career has been slowed down by numerous injuries, there is no escaping that Dillinger will only be a complementary player with the Tropang Texters. In the depth chart, he lags behind Ryan Reyes and Jayson Castro if Chot Reyes wants to play small ball and with Kelly Williams, Harvey Carey, and Japeth Aguilar when Coach Chot wants to go big. And with Larry Fonacier’s recent superb showing, you know The Daredevil needs to brush up on his defense and stay away from the plays that make Chot Reyes cringe. Dillinger can start in even with the best teams. Actually, I can see him check out the Ginebra squad whose slasher core has been slashed with the departure of Ronald Tubid and JC Intal. I can also see him play for B-Meg but that was before they picked up JC Intal. When Yeng Guiao mentored the Philippine Team he really liked playing Dillinger as his chief high-flying wingman.
LOYALTY SWAP NOMINEES: GINEBRA, RAIN OR SHINE, ALASKA
3 RICO MAIERHOFER / GINEBRA
Siot Tanquingcen once said that with the re-arrival of Rudy Hatfield, the recovery of Eric Menk, and with the re-acquisition of Chris Alexander, Ginebra’s newly-acquired big men will suffer playing time drain. I honestly think Maierhofer will join Willy Wilson in DNP-land this conference which is sad because a lot of teams yearn for his services. Maierhofer’s offense might be raw for the pro ranks but his rebounding and defense are beyond question exceeding expectations. In some ways, how Sean Anthony is playing for Powerade at the moment could have been Maierhofer if he was playing for their team. Instead of Gabe Norwood, Yeng Guiao would have preferred a total rebounding no-nonsense guy at the SF/PF spot. In Alaska, maybe Maierhofer can develop his inside game playing side by side with Sonny Thoss. There are a lot of possibilities in the former Rookie of the Year’s game that has yet to be realized because he is not getting the needed breaks to raise his game to the next level. With Mark Isip and Bitoy Omolon gone, I can even see Maierhofer reuniting with Ryan Gregorio!
LOYALTY SWAP NOMINEES: MERALCO, RAIN OR SHINE, ALASKA
2 ENRICO VILLANUEVA / GINEBRA
Ginebra fans will erupt with my pick but did any of you watch the Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game 2012? THAT IS HOW YOU USE E-VIL! Yeng Guiao had it right in Red Bull where the Raging Bull almost won the MVP award in the 2005-06 season! I have honestly no idea how the Kings will fit Rico, Rico Maierhofer, Eric Menk, Rudy Hatfield, Billy Mamaril, and Kerby Raymundo in the big man spots where it’s certain that Chris Alexander will conquer! I want him to go to Alaska and reunite with Joel Banal and LA Tenorio because these guys know how to use his strengths properly! Besides, is Ginebra finally abandoning their run and gun plays because of the influx of these big men? Until I see it, expect the Kings to still use their tried and tested formula Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand personifies.
LOYALTY SWAP NOMINEES: ALASKA, AIR21, POWERADE
1 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE
Yeng Guiao’s system revolves around finding the right man and letting him do his magic. Norwood can’t seem to find his mojo under Coach Yeng. Ever since the former Red Bull headman settled in Rain or Shine, Norwood’s offensive spurt went AWOL. For crying out loud, long before the extra rice gang of Yeng Guiao entered the scene, Rain or Shine was built upon Gabe Norwood. Hell, his entry to the team prompted the squad to change their name so that they can have a fresh start. Now ROS changed their kits but not because of him but for the entry of their new top guy in Paul Lee. Norwood is still a viable option and maybe they can still have Alaska trade Cyrus Baguio for him or let the ROS act as a third party for the Marcio Lassiter trade so they can grab the defensive savvy Nonoy Baclao whom Yeng Guiao likes. In any way, maybe Norwood can bang those shots again once he gets back the 38 minute games he once had. Maybe he can join Sol Mercado in Meralco?
LOYALTY SWAP NOMINEES: POWERADE, ALASKA, MERALCO
The reasons I chose these players is because I FELT that they can do more with the other opportunities still available. Fans will have their say with my choices but that’s the beauty of opinions. In some ways, this thread was inspired from the recent Ateneo-La Salle game I saw. The game brought memories on how I detest the PBA franchises for messing up their chances to have better PBA careers.
Until next time…