Veteran guard Joseph Yeo sees a lot of upside with the entry of Franz Pumaren as GlobalPort’s consultant.
Appointed only last month, Pumaren has instilled his own brand of play that puts a lot of emphasis on running, solid team defense and disciplined execution.
“Si coach (Pumaren) more on defense siya. Sa offense kasi, sabi niya sa amin na marami namang offensive players pero last conference, last kasi kami sa defense as a team so yun ang gusto niya i-work on,” Yeo told FOX Sports, before the Batang Pier’s practice on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
Pumaren’s role though seemed to be bigger as he pretty much runs the team’s practice with Eric Gonzales and John Cardel, who used to hold the interim coaching post, supporting at the sidelines.
Gone from the coaching staff is Pido Jarencio, who was appointed as the team’s head of basketball operations.
The shifty GlobalPort combo guard observed that unlike before when practice seemed more relaxed, this time around, everyone is more serious as the Batang Pier try to bounce back from a 3-win output in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“I’m sure (Pumaren’s entry) is a very good sign. Dati kasi ang approach namin sa practice iba so at least, we can see may system dito,” he said.
“Saka ang kailangan sa team mahigpit ang approach kaya mas competitive na in practice kasi he said, you have to earn your minutes,” added Yeo on Pumaren, who is also in his first year as coach of the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP.
Big man Doug Kramer on the other hand, likes the fact that Pumaren wants to whip GlobalPort into a mean defensive unit.
“Definitely it’s a new system with lots of running, while we will be a defensive-minded team,” shared the 32-year-old Kramer.
“We might have had some shortcomings on defense last conference by giving up a lot of points. And that’s something that will be addressed.”
Aside from the addition of Pumaren, GlobalPort also acquired guard Karl Dehesa, Ronald Pascual and big man Yousef Taha in a trade early last month. – By Richard Dy
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