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MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine has been a constant contender for the PBA.
On the way to the new PBA season, however, the Elasto painters have to deal with some minor transition problems if they want to keep their status as one of the teams they have to reckon with.
Rain or Shine had one of the most plentiful routes in the 2019 draft when four talents were won in Adrian Wong, Clint Doliguez, Prince Rivero and Saldene Salvacion in the first round alone.
It is up to head coach Caloy Garcia to bring his new talent to his already established squad, and so far he wants his newcomers to improve before the new season.
"I think the rookies did well, but of the four, of course, it's Prince who saw the shortest season," said Garcia at the Aero Center on Filipino Saturday.
Rivero is listed at 6-foot-3, but if he wants to play the power-forward position in the PBA, he has to build more.
"I have to get the big ones in shape and at the same time Norbert (Torres), Jewel (Ponferada) and Beau (Belga) will play a major role in the team."
Rain or Shine has previously played in a number of tuning games in which Garcia tested his new talents.
Garcia said that his teenagers were sometimes shy to take their pictures, and he wants to change that before the PBA opens on March 8th.
"We still have time, three and a half weeks, so we have time to get everyone into the system," Garcia said.
"The problem is the four new boys and Ryan (Araña) because they still have to adapt to the way we play."
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