The last MVP team with a chance to enter the Philippine Cup (formerly the All-Filipino Conference) semifinals was ousted Monday by Rain or Shine. Expect a rotation of coaches and players among MVP teams. Maybe Tad Baldwin will take over Talk N’ Text, although with the title of Team Consultant. But he will design the game plan, call the plays and decide player substitutions during the games.
Danny Seigle, Harvey Carey, Kelly Williams, Denok Miranda, and Aaron Aban will get much less playing time, perhaps they will not be in TNT uniform in the next conference. Seigle, Williams, and Carey can be elevated to assistant coaches or managers for any of the MVP teams. .
Coach Uichico could be given a cushy job like Director of Basketball Operations of Metro Pacific, mother company of TNT, Meralco, and NLEX. No, it is unlikely he will replace Norman Black whose Meralco team, in spite of star players like Gary David, Reynel Hugnatan, Cliff Hodge, and Jared Dillinger ended last in the 12-team league with one solitary win. MVP is too grateful to Black, who coached MVP’s alma mater to five consecutive UAAP championships, to give him the pink slip.
TNT is the premier team of MVP, it being the first team acquired by him and having a tradition of PBA championship. As a business entity TNT has a competitor,, Globe Telecom. It will benefit immensely if its consumer awareness level is raised. Meralco and NLEX do not have competitors.
So, expect the TNT lineup to be infused with more new and young blood. They already have the 2015 No.1 and No. 2 draft picks in Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario. I expect Kevin Alas, 2014 No. 2 draft pick, to be reacquired from sister team NLEX to boost the chances of TNT of winning the next conference trophy. Maybe Rabeh Al-Hussaini, 2010 No. 2 draft pick, too. Both Alas and Al-Hussaini had played for TNT before and both are now owned by MVP teams.
With a roster composed of Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Rosario, Tautuaa, Alas, Al-Hussaini, TNT will be a top contender for many years to come. MVP will move heaven and earth to get Keifer Ravena for TNT when the two-time UAAP MVP (Most Valuable Player) turns professional. Ravena was studying in La Salle Greenhills when MVP asked Keifer’s dad, Bong Ravena, who played for TNT and who is part of the team in some capacity, to transfer Keifer to Ateneo.
Note, many former Ateneo players are playing for MVP teams. Would it be far-fetched to think that a year or two from now Greg Slaughter will be wearing the TNT uniform?