Kiefer could be key to achieve "balance" for NLEX
"We're seeing positive things, matalino naman siya. Naiintidihan niya concepts namin, madali niya ma-absorb." --- NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao on Kiefer Ravena.
NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao will be the first to say that his team is not the most talented in the PBA. Far from it.
However, it doesn't mean that the Road Warriors have no plan of winning.
They do, and coach Yeng, a champion PBA coach, is busy finding ways to make his roster work in time for the league's 43rd season.
One particular method he plans to employ is to balance his team's roster that features a group a veterans with actual championship experience and another group of young guys that are hungry for that success.
And the key for this balance might be Kiefer Ravena, the no. 2 overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft.
Guiao played Ravena limited minutes in NLEX's preseason win over Alaska Monday but coach Yeng liked what he saw when the former Ateneo star was paired with veteran center Asi Taulava in the third quarter.
In that stretch, the Road Warriors unloaded 35 points on the Aces and turned the game around, leading to a victory.
"Being able to combine the old and the new, find a good combination, I think that's our objective," Guiao said.
"It's a conscious effort ano, we're trying to find that balance. On one hand it's the experience and maturity, on the other hand it's the youth and aggressiveness. We're trying to find everything that can help us. For us, it's the combination of the veterans and the young guys," he added.
Still talking about Kiefer, Guiao is in no rush to force Ravena into his system.
Coming off a stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Ravena will have to take his time with NLEX according to Guiao.
Fortunately, Kiefer has high basketball IQ which would make the process a whole lot easier.
"Si Kiefer we're trying to gel him with the team. I'm seeing good things about him. He spent a lot of time with Gilas so may mga na-miss siya na practices samin kaya I'm trying to make him feel how it is in the PBA and at the same time, getting him into the system, the groove of the system," coach Yeng said.
"We're seeing positive things, matalino naman siya. Naiintidihan niya concepts namin, madali niya ma-absorb," Guiao added.
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