KIA point guard LA Revilla has probably had enough of it.
The team, then known as the Mahindra Floodbuster, was already gaining ground into the league by qualifying for the playoffs of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. The expansion team lost to eventual finalist Meralco in the knock-out quarterfinals but not after giving the Bolts a good fight.
The Floodbuster still had the formidable duo of KG Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos who they both got in exchange for 1st round pick Troy Rosario.
Aside from the two, they had a core of Bradwyn Guinto, Paolo Taha, Michael DiGregorio and Keith Agovida.
After that breakthrough playoff stint however, team management suddenly went bonkers and traded away Guinto, Taha, Ramos and Agovida. They went up a notch higher by releasing Canaleta and DiGregorio.
Suddenly, the team went from promising to pathetic in a snap.
As expected, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs in the succeeding season and finished dead last.
A positive development though was the chance to get the best talent in the upcoming rookie draft. Unfortunately, team management was still not in the right frame of mind.
They traded the top overall pick in a top-heavy rookie class for ageing bench warmers, a rookie who was hardly played at all and a draft pick two years away.
Their reason? “It just so happened that our philosophy is to play an unconventional type of basketball. We would like to shift to our philosophy which is there will be no positions.”
“As much as possible, we would like to concentrate on long shooting. Shooting from the outside means that height is not a requirement,” said new team manager Joe Lipa.
An obviously disgusted Revilla, who has been with the team since 2014, shared his views on the trade through a tweet.
“Kung magpapalusot man lang sana ginandahan niyo na ang rason. Hindi talaga eh. Bagsak kayo sigurado kung may lie detector. 💩”
A great number of the league’s followers share his sentiments on the controversial deal. Most will definitely disagree with Lipa’s lame excuse to part with the top pick.
Well, it’s really a sad development for the league that has been admired and respected by many Filipinos through the years but it is what it is and at the end of the day we have no choice but to accept what it has evolved into.
They are the PBA, and everything they do is for the betterment of their business.