FIBA 3x3 trio could learn a thing or two from JR Quinahan

Paul Lintag on May 28, 2017 12:48 PM
FIBA 3x3 trio could learn a thing or two from JR Quinahan
NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao expects JR Quinahan to drop some knowledge on Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng.

The Philippines has put together quite the dream team for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in France next month.

Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng all in one team? Young Filipino dream team.

With those three young studs, the odd --- or shall we say old --- man out is new NLEX forward JR Quinahan.

Well, if you're one of those people who think that the burly PBA vet is only there to complete a four-man crew, then you're wronf. The steady two-time PBA champion might just serve as a big key to the development or Paras, Ravena, and Teng.

"I think it's going to be good for the three guys, including Kobe," NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao said on Quinahan's stint with the Philippine 3x3 team.

"JR is an excellent player to play with kasi the same way sa team namin, nung pumasok siya, stablizer siya tsaka you learn a lot from his decision making. Wala siyang nasasayang na effort pero very effective," he added.

According to the fiery mentor, young players nowadays tend to mostly rely on their superior athleticism.

And while that's not a bad thing on its own, Guiao thinks that being around a player like Quinahan, who's not exactly athletic but is as effective as those who are, goes a long way in helping shape the mindset of the young guns.

"I think that's the problem on the young guys now, they rely so much on their athleticism, si JR di naman athletic yan pero he's as effective as the guys who are athletic so he's more of a cerebral than athletic," Guiao said.

"And if you combine yung pagkacerebral mo sa pagka-athletic nung tatlong bata, yun ang pinakamagandang combination. Si JR di na makukuha yung athleticism pero yung tatlo pwede pang makuha nila kay JR yung pagka-cerebral," he added.

It also helps that Quinahan is quite the 3x3 player by himself, representing the Philippines 15 years ago in the Adidas Streetball tournament.

The FIBA 3x3 World Cup is set for June 17-21 in France. The Philippines will be facing European champions Romania and Slovenia as well as host country France and El Salvador in Group B.

 

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