Yeng Guiao said import prospect Josh Dollard is in “decent shape” after joining Rain or Shine’s practice on Wednesday morning at the Nega gym in San Juan.
The 30-year-old Dollard arrived in Manila very early in the morning, before heading to the team’s practice facility.
“Dumating na si Dollard this morning. Nag-ensayo na siya pero light lang,” Guiao told FOX Sports.
“Nag-walk through lang siya ng mga plays and shoot-around with the team though he’s in decent shape,” he added.
Asked if the sweet-shooting former Barako Bull import will suit up on Saturday when Rain or Shine faces defending champion San Miguel Beer, Guiao said they will make a decision after Thursday’s practice.
“We’ll see again in practice tomorrow (Thursday) morning and from there we’ll decide,” he said.
Dollard, who is coming off a brief stint with Changwon LG Sakers in the 2015-16 Korean Basketball League, practiced with current Rain or Shine import Jason Forte.
The fiery coach said Forte has assured them he will stay with the team so long as they have not decided if he’ll be replaced.
“Nandito pa si Jason Forte, so magkasama sila sa ensayo,” shared the 57-year-old Guiao.
“Very professional naman si Jason. We actually told him about the situation that there’s a possibilty na mapalitan siya dahil meron ngang dumating. Pero sabi niya ‘I’ll just wait for your decision but I’ll keep practicing.’ Iyun ang attitude niya.”
Guiao said they intend to try to win their last two games in the PBA Governors Cup eliminations to avoid facing potential top seed TNT in the quarterfinal phase.
The Katropa already clinched the first of four twice-to-beat incentives offered this conference following their 105-85 demolition of the Beermen in Batangas City on Saturday.
“Of course, our objective is to win (the last) two games and keep as close maybe around sixth to seventh place. We don’t want to be in eighth place because that’s going to match us against the no. 1 team,” explained Guiao.
“But we feel if we can make the top 8, especially the top 7, we have the ability to beat higher rated teams, twice siguro, especially if we have the right import. Kasi it’s just the question of having the right import.”
Dollard, who first played in the PBA in the 2014 season, averaged 32.56 points, along with 15.22 rebounds, 1.89 assists and 1.22 steals for Barako Bull. – Richard Dy
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