ROS coach addresses trade rumors surrounding team
"There are times that players really want to be traded but like I said, we just have to be professional about it." --- Caloy Garcia.
Going into its game against Meralco, Rain or Shine was in an interesting predicament.
Well actually, three key players and their head coach.
In a report by Spin.ph's Snow Badua last Jan. 30, it appears that Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, and Jericho Cruz were all asking to be traded away from Rain or Shine, citing dissatisfaction over how head coach Caloy Garcia is running the team.
But as the Elasto Painters picked up a victory over the Bolts Friday, where all three players saw meaningful minutes, it seems like all is good at the ROS camp for now.
"We all know going into this game na may lumabas na issue regarding those three players but sinabi ko nga sa mga players, we just have to be professional about it," Garcia said, addressing the report.
"And nakakatawa lang kasi hindi naman sila nagpapa-trade eh, that's the only thing na na-shock ako," he added.
While all is good now, there seems to be some truth to the report at least for one player.
"But we all know that from the beginning na si Jericho naman, he really wants to go back to coach Yeng [Guiao]," Garcia said.
"Sabi ko, this is a job, you have to love your job and play hard, and he did that today. And there's no security that you can't be traded, okay? Mahirap naman i-trade yung player na hindi mo rin makukuha yung gusto mo. The only way you can be traded is if you play good, because if you play good, you can get something na maganda kapalit," he added.
Regardless, all three players are still with Rain or Shine now and the Elasto Painters appear to have no plans of trading any one of them in the near future.
The focus for the team now is just winning games.
"And just to clear everything out, good terms kami ni Raymond," Garcia said.
"Si Beau, matagal na yan na issue three years ago pa yan. Yung kay Jericho, you know there are times that players really want to be traded but like I said, we just have to be professional about it and if they come in and play hard, they get to play. Yun lang," he added.
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