PBA: Longtime Rain or Shine teammates chime in on Almazan absence
Philip Matel on Oct 17, 2018 10:48 PM
Longtime Rain or Shine teammates Beau Belga and captain Gabe Norwood shared their opinion on Raymond Almazan's absence, who last played with the team in their match against Magnolia back in September 26.
The 6'9 center has not reported to the team since then, nor sent out feelers, according to head coach Caloy Garcia.
Even former coach Yeng Guiao has no news about his former center.
"He's the one who leads this team in rebounding and syempre yung depensa niya yung importante. But like I said, we have to do without him, we have to work with what we have and find ways to win with what we have," Garcia then said in an interview last October 7.
Since then, no word had come out from the lanky slotmman who is averaging 5.0 points and 7.5 rebounds, but there will be a meeting between Almazan and team management this Saturday, October 20.
For team captain Gabe Norwood, with or without the disgruntled Letran alum, he and the team will be continuing to play and chase wins.
"At the end of the day, all I can hope is he's all right and doing well, and he's at peace at whatever going on so we're gonna try to do our job and be professional and come here and win games, and take care of this," the veteran wing out of George Mason said.
When Almazan left, the team was still winless at 0-2, but since then, the Elasto Painters have slowly found their niche and are now sporting a 2-4 record.
But for frontcourt buddy Beau Belga, the beanpole's absence should never be an excuse for their losses.
"Wala kaming control don. We just need to play. And survive. Hindi puwedeng i-rason na talo kami kasi wala si Raymond. No. We have good veterans and puwede kaming mag-rely sa kanila so hindi rason si Raymond sa mga games namin," Belga, who scored 21 points on 8/8 shooting said.
If Almazan has a change of heart and decides to return to the team, Garcia said that Almazan will have to work once again for his spot in the rotation.
"Just be professional, yun lagi kong iniisip. If he shows up in practice and wants to play, then he has to work for it. Basically yun sinasabi ko sa mga players, magkahiyaan naman tayo," Garcia explained.
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