GlobalPort Chooses Youth and Speed over Veteran Experience

The Batang Pier opt to leave out Cardona et al

The GlobalPort Batang Pier has been one of the inexperienced teams in the league owing to the fact that they haven’t reached the PBA Finals yet, but that doesn’t stop them from being one of the explosive teams too. 
Why? This is owing to the fact that they have one of the best backcourt duos in Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. However, that duo was almost broken due to the fact that Terrence Romeo’s name has been the target of the nagging trade rumors in the past weeks- stating that apparently, Terrence Romeo initially wanted out of GlobalPort.
Fortunately for the fans of the Batang Pier, team official Mikee Romero and Terrence Romeo himself have denied the rumors with Romeo assuring the fans that yes, he is sticking with GlobalPort and is more than ready to help the team become successful starting this upcoming season which kicks off on December 17, 2017.

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With Coach Pido Jarencio returning at the helm of the Batang Pier, Mikee Romero has said that his team is now on the course of assembling a much-younger core who can run on the break and score. Having said this, the GlobalPort management has opted not to renew the contracts of the following players:
  • Mac Cardona
  • Mike Cortez
  • Billy Mamaril
  • Paolo Hubalde
  • Mac Baracael
  • Rico Maierhofer
While the players above are already at the age of 30+ years old, the Batang Pier still have Ryan Arana who is 33, Sean Anthony at 31 and, Stanley Pringle at 30. 

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While Cardona and Cortez, two former King Archers under Franz Pumaren during their respective playing years in the UAAP, are still relatively useful players, they are no longer the same in terms of their consistency. And age-wise, GlobalPort needs to get younger players if they are to compete against the likes of the San Miguel Beermen and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. 

Conclusion

While Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle are relatively young, they do have the experience to lead a young team. With Coach Pido Jarencio back at it, they will be one of the teams to watch out for come the league’s 43rd season. Why? They have the youth and speed plus the explosiveness of Terrence Romeo. 

Mikee Romero: PBA Season a Go

Outgoing chairman says dispute will be settled before December 17

The question remains: Will Chito Narvasa remain? (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)

The PBA has been in a stalemate situation ever since the blockbuster trade between the Kia Picanto and the San Miguel Beermen. First, the majority of the teams questioned the validity of the trade, saying that it’s destroying the draft- and the PBA in general. Then, the trade was approved by now embattled PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. Then, 7 of the 12 PBA team owners submitted a resolution which stated that they are no longer extending Narvasa’s term as commissioner. Then, the remaining 5 teams stood by Narvasa. Then, came along the annual planning session of the PBA in the United States- which turned out to be a vacation instead due to the lack of proper quorum.
Now, the 43rd season of the PBA is scheduled to open on December 17, 2017. However, this dispute between the MVP Group and the SMC Group had fans worried that the season won’t start on time due to tension. In fact, there was once a rumor about a possible lockout which was immediately shot down.
In a recent interview, outgoing Chairman, Mikee Romero of GlobalPort, he assured the general public that yes, there will be a 43rd season and yes, it will open on December 17 as originally planned. While the fans needed the assurance that there will be a new season of the PBA, what they need the most is a closure of the heated battle between the two groups. Why?
A closure will determine whether or not, Chito Narvasa will remain as PBA commissioner entering the new season. In addition to this, having the PBA Board united anew will send a positive message to the fans that this is the PBA, putting aside their personal agenda for the benefit of the league and the fans.
While there is no official word yet regarding the future of Chito Narvasa, he will probably remain as commissioner so that there would be a smooth continuity of things that are lined up for the new season.

Conclusion

Regardless of who will be the PBA commissioner come December 17, the PBA will definitely open on that day as stated by Mikee Romero because of the PBA, for some Filipinos, is the source of their happiness.