Both the Elasto Painters and the Road Warriors will make its 44th PBA season debut this evening at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Road Warriors was one of busiest teams during the off-season most particularly on the day prior and during the 2018 PBA Draft.
Few days before selecting rookies in Robinsons Place Manila, NLEX traded Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo to Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters for their pick four rights.
Then after the draft, they have shipped their new acquisitions to Blackwater Elite in order to get JP Erram.
With Erram in NLEX, coach Yeng Guiao hopes that he now have the missing piece to transform the team to a legit title contender.
Talking about missing piece, Kevin Alas is also set to return this evening after missing almost the entire 43rd PBA season due to an ACL injury.
Alas is hoping that he will pick up the game just where he left off last 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup.
“Noong una, talagang walang timing. Unang tira ko nga sa practice, hindi tumama sa ring. Pero in-encourage ako ni coach Yeng na tumira ng tumira. Sabi nya babalik yan shooting mo,” said Alas.
For Rain or Shine on the other hand, they lost Chris Tiu during the off-season as the former Gilas 1.0 player opted to focus on a different field and officially signed-off from PBA.
Raymond Almazan is now ready to play once again for coach Caloy Garcia and looking for a fresh start.
“Tapos na yon,” said Almazan.