10 February 2014

Who Should Be The Bolt's Import?

Coach Jong Uichico
A quick exit from the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup has its advantage. The team can look for a suitable import in the next conference plus the right to tap a 6-foot-eleven import while the top teams will only be allowed to bring in 6-foot-nine imports.

The problem is that the team will be ridiculed by almost every sports enthusiast, especially if you have a roster of players that can actually perform beyond the normal expectations.

To erase the painful memories and establish the respect of opponents and supporters in the league, the team needs to recover fast. One sure thing to do this is to hire a blue chip import. This is what assistant coach Jong Uichico of the Meralco Bolts was hoping to achieved when he suggested that the would need an import that can do a "little of everything" as the Bolts try to bounce back from a forgettable stint.

Uichico, explained to Spin.ph that he had suggested bringing in an import who’s "athletic and a guy who can get his offense from somewhere else" for the coming Commissioner’s Cup that kicks off on 7 March 2014.

"Remember that now, we have a different set of local players in the team compared to last year," Uichico told the online sports website.

"We didn’t have Mike Cortez, DI (Danny Ildefonso), and JD (Jared Dillinger), those key players we have now. So now, we need someone you can go to and give you the scoring opportunities somewhere else," he added.

Winner of six league championships, Uichico, hopes the import Meralco will be tapping is someone who could provide the scoring sock through hustle and rebounding.

The 51-year-old veteran coach said he couldn't say if Eric Dawson, the team’s high-scoring import last season, will return for another tour of duty with the Bolts since the decision still lies on Gregorio.

"Sa ngayon, I haven't had any advice (regarding the import)," he said.

The 6-foot-10 Dawson registered two 50 or more points performance during his stint with the Bolts in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup.

The 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year dropped 57 points against Petron before scoring 50 against Rain or Shine at the close of the elimination round.

The former Midwestern State University product went on to average 29.5 points, 16.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks for the Bolts.

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