Mahindra's top deputy says team has "too many crybabies"
Paul Lintag on Mar 30, 2017 02:24 PM
In an exposive post-game rant, Gavina said the Floodbuster should stop acting like a bunch of crybabies and try to meet his standards on the basketball court.
After losing another winnable game, it appears that Mahindra's top deputy has reached his personal boiling point.
Chris Gavina went off at his team Wednesday, calling out the Floodbuster after a 92-98 loss to the Alaska Aces in the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup.
It was Mahindra's third loss in four games. All defeats were by an average of six points, one came in overtime.
"I think some guys are feeling that they are above the team. I don't like it. I stressed after the game that I'm not gonna settle for anyone else's standards but mine. It's either you meet my standards or you're going to get left behind," Gavina expressed.
"We have too many crybabies right now. You just got to man up," he added.
Gavina particularly addressed Alex Mallari in his rant, mentioning that the veteran point forward was out of his usual self.
Mallari finished with only seven points against the Aces. He was also benched in the fourth quarter.
"Totally out of character. He was getting opportunities attacking the basket but, on the other side, it wasn't about the turnovers, it was his reactions to it. We can't afford to be complaining all the time and find excuses. I thing that's a big lack of being an adult," Gavina said.
"Not so much what he was doing on the court but really his reactions and lack of maturity. I need him to be a leader for us to emerge," he added explaining Mallari's benching.
Another player that caught the attention of Gavina was James White. The Mahindra deputy chief said that his import has to be more than just getting his usual numbers.
White led the team with 30 points against Alaska.
"James is getting his numbers, but it's not the numbers where it's making a significant effect. I keep preaching to him that 'your growth has to be where if you have a local on you, you have to be able to dominate,'" Gavina said.
"Our locals did a better [job] of attacking and finishing at the rim tonight even though he got his 30.. He did put out a hell of an effort but it wasn't the vital stats that we needed for us to go out on top. During a five-point game, your import has got to be excellent," he added.
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