PBA: After unimpressive start, is Gillenwater in trouble?

Paul Lintag on May 14, 2018 08:06 PM
PBA: After unimpressive start, is Gillenwater in trouble?
After two largely unimpressive games with San Miguel, the second one ending with a first-half ejection, Gillenwater is officially on the hot seat as the Beermen are starting to weigh their options for import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Troy Gillenwater might be in trouble.

After two largely unimpressive games with San Miguel, the second one ending with a first-half ejection, Gillenwater is officially on the hot seat as the Beermen are starting to weigh their options for import in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Gillenwater is averaging 15 points in two games so far but Sunday against Rain or Shine, he was ejected in the first half for initiating contact on a game official.

To make matters worse not only for him but for San Miguel in general, the Beermen have lost both games.

"Import namin, we'll have to think about it," head coach Leo Austria said.

"We have to evaluate. Kahit sinong player, kahit anong team naman, we have to evaluate kung helpful o hindi," he added.

Initial evaluation on Gillenwater is not good though.

The eye test and the stats prove it. While the Beermen can afford not to get a world destroyer as an import, they can certainly appreciate if Gillenwater can at least match up to the opposition.

"Compared to the other imports, we're not impressed. Pero yung first quarter niya, very impressive. First quarter lang," Austria said.

"He should last at least 40 minutes per game but nakikita natin, he's so frustrated. What they experience right now is a different ball game. Ina-underestimate yata nila ang PBA eh. We are in a different level. The only lacking in Filipino basketball is the height, but the skills in terms of talent, technical know-how, were at par sa big leagues. Thats why nasu-surprise sila. Yung physicality na sometimes nirereklamo nila, but we have to live up to the kind of basketball kasi dito tayo masaya eh," he added.

With Gillenwater underperforming, the clamor to get a replacement has grown exponentially particularly from the team's most loyal supporters.

Obviously, San Miguel has options, particularly Charles Rhodes and Renaldo Balkman.

Rhodes led the team to the championship last season and Balkman was San Miguel's previously controversial import that has been recently allowed back to the PBA after receiving a lifetime ban.

Of the two, Balkman is readily available right now after wrapping up his championship season with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ABL.

But the San Miguel team of the PBA would rather not make a decision right now.

"Right now, we don't have any decision, especially in this kind of situation," Austria said.

"It should be a collective decision, that's why we came out late and pinagu-usapan namin, not only the import but everything, what went wrong sa game namin," he added.

 

 

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