PBA: There’s room for Desiderio and Tratter in Blackwater
Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2019 01:38 PM
Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter essentially replaced Paul Zamar and JP Erram over at Blackwater.
Blackwater certainly changed things up for the upcoming PBA season.
Coming off their best tournament to date in the 2018 Governors’ Cup, two key pieces are now gone from the Elite after the team traded away JP Erram and Paul Zamar to NLEX and San Miguel respectively.
With those two gone, Blackwater is set to feel the absence definitely however, the coaching staff is confident that their haul from those two deals will help offset the loss now and for the foreseeable future.
But more so in the future.
“Erram and Zamar, I will say na napilayan naman ako talaga,” head coach Bong Ramos said.
“But I’m expecting na yung posisyon ni [Paul] Zamar, mapupunan ni [Paul] Desiderio. It’s just a matter of adjusting yung mga tao ko, swing ko na lang muna yung iba,” he added.
Speaking of Desiderio, the former UP captain was drafted fourth by NLEX before being shipped to Blackwater.
He’ll take over some of the minutes left by Zamar, who emerged as a solid designated shooter for Blackwater last season after coming over from the ABL.
“Si Desiderio I believe magagamit ko,” Ramos said.
“Hindi man 100 percent sa ngayon dahil rookie pa siya, I believe na kaya niya,” he added.
Part of the haul Blackwater got was Abu Tratter, the no. 7 pick, and the former La Salle big man should step right in and fill some of the minutes left by Erram, the Elite’s longtime anchor down low.
However, with more proven scorers like Mac Belo and Raymar Jose expected to show progress in his second year in the league, Tratter’s main job is to do the dirty work on the block and eat up as much knowledge from new big man coach Rommel Adducul.
“Syempre ang laro niya sa amateur power forward eh so ngayon sakin, ginagawa ko na siyang singko,” Ramos said of Tratter.
“Susulitin ko na yung dating ni Rommel dito. Agresibo yung bata, very athletic. Sinabi ko naman sa kanya ang role niya is get the rebound, play defense, and run,” he added.
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