Star Hotshots board governor Rene Pardo said the team’s 2 trade acquisitions RR Garcia and Rodney Brondial on Wednesday gave them the youth and the bench depth they sorely needed to compete with elite PBA squads like San Miguel, Rain or Shine, Alaska and Tropang TNT.
Pardo explained that a Garcia-Mark Barroca backcourt partnership could be lethal, given the speed and hustle they can bring to the Hotshots beginning in the PBA Governors Cup.
“I think Star equally benefitted from the trade. Eh si RR Garcia, matagal ko ng gusto iyan,” Pardo told FOX Sports, just hours after the Office of the PBA Commissioner approved of the 3-team trade that also involved Phoenix and GlobalPort.
“Imagine mo RR Garcia and Mark Barroca at the backcourt, ang gandang tandem at ang bilis.”
Garcia and Brondial, a bruising forward, who was selected 6th overall in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft, fell on Star’s lap after engaging in a trade with Phoenix.
The trade kicked off when GlobalPort sent guard Jonathan Uyloan and Fil-Am forward Keith Jensen to Star in exchange for young big man Yousef Taha and Ronald Pascual.
The Hotshots then gave up Cruz and Torres to the Fuel Masters, who in turn shipped RR Garcia and Brondial to Star.
Pardo said Torres would have played an integral part in Star’s future because of his size and ability to shoot from the perimeter.
“Ganun talaga, although we want to keep Norbert, eh siyempre, di naman tayo makaka-trade niyan if we don’t give up someone of value,” he added.
The amiable Star team executive said their latest player movement was part of the team’s thrust to slowly bring in dynamic and young faces that could complement veterans like James Yap, PJ Simon, Marc Pingris and Barroca.
“Kailangan lang talaga naming galaw galawin minsan yung line up kasi hindi naman puwedeng magising ka na lang one day at puro matanda na players mo,” shared Pardo, who on Tuesday, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with wife Beth. – By Richard Dy
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