With 7 talented imports at his disposal, Mighty Sports coach Bo Perasol strongly believes they are unbeatable as far as individual talent is concerned.
But the more important issue facing his team at the moment is how the imports led by NBA veteran Al Thornton, Vernon Macklin and Hamady NDiyae can co-exist at such a short period of time together.
“I think yung challenge talaga is how can they (imports) get their acts together and siyempre, I made sure I made myself very clear because I wouldn’t really know who to go to in particular situation,” Perasol told FOX Sports on Wednesday before the team’s practice at Ronac gym.
Mighty Sports has been tapped to represent the country in the William Jones Cup, which the Philippines last won in 2012 behind Gilas Pilipinas.
The former Ateneo coach explained that since Thornton arrived on Monday, he has gathered all 7 of the team’s reinforcement, reminding them to help him figure out who will have the basketball in the critical stretches of the game.
“All of them are go-to-guys kaya sabi ko sa kanila you have to let me know how to handle this because at end of the day, its only less than 3 weeks (of preparation). We just have to enjoy this time dahil kung hindi, it will only be reklamo and all,” he added.
On Wednesday, Perasol finally got the chance to see all his 7 imports practice together.
The 2-hour practice saw Mighty Sports work on some basic shooting drills and half-court set plays with Fil-American guard Jason Brickman and former Rain or Shine playmaker Tyrone Tang handling the backcourt chores.
Thornton, who is coming off a 2nd tour of duty with NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, is the most experienced among the imports, having played for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA from 2007-2011, before taking his act overseas, playing Puerto Rico and later, the Chinese Basketball Association.
Joining Thornton, NDiyae and Macklin, best remembered for leading Barangay Ginebra to the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup, are former Air21 import Zach Graham, ex-Barako Bull reinforcement Michael Singletary, along with Korean Basketball League mainstays Dewarick Spencer and Troy Gillenwater.
“They have to decide who (will take the lead) because it doesn’t matter who will score kasi lahat can score,” he said.
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