31 July 2014

What Can You Expect From a 'Farm Land?'

"Alam na!" and "Let the moro-moro begin."

These are just some of the reactions that greeted what appears to be the decision of GlobalPort Batang Pier not to tap Stanley Pringle as the top pick in the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft. And if they decide to pick Pringle, the general consensus is that he will eventually end up in one of the San Miguel Beer teams.

It was reported a few days ago that GlobalPort owner, Mike Romero, was disappointed that Pringle was asking for much more than what is allowed by the league for rookies: PhP 150,000 a month. The Fil-Am point guard allegedly was asking for several side contracts that will boost his take-home pay way above the minimum guaranteed by PBA rules.

However, netizens are not buying this excuse. After what happened to Burger King (formerly Air 21) when they drafted prolific big-man Japeth Aguilar, PBA fans and observers know better.

Some alleged that GlobalPort is just laying the groundwork for a possible transfer of Pringle to either San Miguel Beermen or to Barangay Ginebra. The drama would make it appear that GlobalPort tried its best to keep Pringle and sign him to maximum contract, but to help the league make use of Pringle’s talent they had to trade the disgruntled 6'1" player to teams that can give them quality players in return.

Sounds familiar? The same thing happened in 2009 when the first draft pick Aguilar was offered the maximum salary three-year salary for a PBA rookie by Burger King owner Lito Alvarez. The 6’9” forward declined and instead handed a letter about his change of heart. Many observers claim that what Aguilar really wanted during that time was to be traded to talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, but claim that wanted to join the national team to get leverage his position. In the end, Aguilar got what he wished for.

Fast-forward the present. What made the press reports from GlobalPort more doubtful is that aside from trading away potential stars in the past such as Sol Mercado and Ronnie Matias and maybe even Jay Washington soon, is their choice of possible replacement of Pringle as the top pick.

In a Spin.ph article, Romero floated the idea that they might pick Kevin Louie Alas or Garvo Lanete and propped their decision by saying that the two are proven players that could be better than Pringle. Are they insane? Have they seen how Pringle plays compared these two players combined?

Granted that GlobalPort will not pick Pringle because of his alleged demands, why not choose Chris Banchero instead? Oh, well. What can you expect from a squad that many netizens dubbed as a farm team, but questionable and highly illogical decision-making.

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