Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas says that trade rumors partly affects the performance of his players.
“Partly,” said Alas on his interview with pba.ph. “Pero naipaliwanag na naman namin sa kanila na kung we’re doing great, walang mababalitang ganoon,” he also added.
Prior to Chris Banchero’s official transfer to the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok where Rodney Brondial and Rob Herndon were both sent to Alaska to complete the trade, there were rumors that the Fil-Italian along with Vic Manuel was initially offered to Phoenix.
The only problem, Alaska wanted Matthew Wright and 2018 Rookie of the Year awardee Jason Perkins in return.
Alas stressed that those mentioned Fuel Masters players along with Calvin Abueva aren’t in the team’s trading block.
“Basta sinabi na ng management – at ako rin before – na not for sale iyung dalawa, along with Calvin (Abueva),” said Alas. “Sila iyung big three namin and we will not entertain any offer for them.”
With regards to Alas’ other players, he already made a talk with them and even gave example that player movement can happen even a team is winning. Alas used the TNT KaTropa as an example.
“Tinanong ko sila head-on: ‘Kung nangyayari mga gan’yang balita, just be professionals. Do not whine or feel bad about it. Pero after that, work hard para mawala mga balitang iyan.’ Sabi ko rin, look at TNT. Nasa top iyan, pero nag-te-trade pa rin. What more tayo, na struggling.”
At the moment, Phoenix only managed to strike two wins this 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup and their chances to qualify to the second round is very slim.
“Sabi ko, ‘Okay lang sumama pakiramdam n’yo. Pero at the end of the day, may kontrata kayo dito, mag-practice kayo, maglaro kayo ng tama,'” Alas added.