Star veteran forward Marc Pingris welcomed his new understudy in Rodney Brondial with open arms, believing that he’s one player, who could help the Hotshots regain their dominant form in the season-ending PBA Governors Cup.
The 6-foot-3 Brondial landed at Star’s lap after being part of 3-team, multi-player trade over 2 weeks ago that also involved his Phoenix and GlobalPort.
Pingris said Brondial could easily fit Star’s system because of he doesn’t need the basketball every time to contribute.
“Parang ako (si Brondial), role player na kapag binigyan ng pagkakataon maglaro, ibibigay yung 100 percent niya,” Pingris told FOX Sports after Gilas’ practice over the weekend.
The Star’s long-time top defensive player said Brondial is a hardworker, setting hard picks that allows his teammates to score from the perimeter.
“Masipag kumuha ng rebounds, dumepensa. Sa akin, mas gusto ko ng ganung payer, kasi ganun ako nagsimula so alam ko makakatulong din siya sa team namin,” explained Pingris.
“Definitely, matutulungan niya ako, mga shooters namin, saka mga bigs kasi maganda ang binibigay niya na screen,” he added.
The 34-year-old Pingris said it didn’t matter that Brondial is undersized for the power forward position, knowing that the former Adamson Falcon is capable of defending bigger players.
Brondial, the 25-year-old hard-banging forward showed his worth as a back-up big man for Phoenix after averaging 4.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Adding depth to Star is the arrival of playmaker RR Garcia and Fil-American wingman Keith Jensen, who were also part of the 3-team deal. – By Richard Dy
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