Everybody’s still waiting for Kia to be unconventional

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 27, 2017 10:03 PM
Everybody’s still waiting for Kia to be unconventional
Kia has now lost 14 games in a row

Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not get the gift he wanted for Christmas.

“Man, if Santa Claus had anything to give me, (I wanted it to be a) first win after 14 straight (losses),” he told reporters after the Picanto was routed, 102-125, by Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

May of this year was the last time the now third-year franchise had won a game in the PBA.

Since then, they have dropped 14 games in a row.

Their fortunes may have had a chance to begin to turn if they held on to the first overall pick of this year’s PBA Draft.

Only, they opted to do the so-called unconventional route and traded the selection that turned out to be Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger for a package that included veterans Jay-R Reyes and Ronald Tubid and enigmatic Rashawn McCarthy.

After two games in the season, that trade has yet to lead to a win. “Let’s say everything’s been conventional so far,” Gavina lamented.

The mentor went on to say that failing to play as a team was what did them in. As he put it, “Ugly – really one word to describe it all today. A lot of me-ball and our guys felt like statistics were more (important) than team effort to win this game.”

In his eyes, Gavina said that his players may be trying too hard in trying to prove themselves individually. “A lot of things have been said about, you know, that trade and guys are taking it as a challenge, but taking it the wrong way. Not one person is gonna deliver us a win,” he shared.

He then continued, “It’s gotta be team effort. They know that. We know that.”

In the end, however, with the season so young, the Kia coach said he and his team still have time to flip the script. “You can’t keep your head down. We will push forward, learn, and try not to relive those bad moments,” he expressed.


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