Here's why according to Yeng Guiao
While everyone else is already hyped that the PBA's 43rd season is about to start with the defending champions, San Miguel Beermen opening their title defense against the Phoenix Fuel Masters right after the opening ceremony which will feature each team being led into the court by their respective muses, not everyone is actually looking forward to the opening of the new season. Among those who are not happy are the players who have been dropped by their previous teams due to various reasons.
To begin with, today's opening of the new season wasn't even sure until last Wednesday when all 12 team governors, along with Commissioner Chito Narvasa who is rumored to be stepping down from his post soon, held the launching event of the new season. At the very least, it's sure that PBA fans will have a season to watch out for.
Along with the opening of the new season comes the start of the journey for the rookies who were picked the last draft. While these young rookies have something to look forward to, some players have been bumped from their teams so that these rookies can be accommodated. Painful, isn't it?
Some of the notable free agents that will have no team come to the opening ceremony later are Chris Ellis, Jonas Villanueva, Chris Lutz and Carlo Lastimosa. Mind you, Jeric Teng is also in the free agent market. But let's just focus on one player: Carlo Lastimosa.
Here's the thing, folks. Carlo Lastimosa, along with Jonas Villanueva- still has a live contract with the NLEX Road Warriors but he was not included in the official roster that was submitted to the league which means the team that decides to sign Lastimosa will take care of Lastimosa's existing contract.
So why Carlo Lastimosa was bumped out of the Road Warriors?
The reason is very much simple- if you will believe Coach Yeng Guiao. According to the coach, the rise of Kevin Alas and the anticipated arrival of the rookie, Kiefer Ravena forced the Road Warriors to unload Lastimosa along with Villanueva. And this move of the Road Warriors will benefit them in the long run especially if Kiefer Ravena stays healthy.
While it's sad for Carlo Lastimosa to open the season as a free agent, he shouldn't lose his focus.Why? He's still young. He's still in his prime. Who knows? He might actually land in a championship-contending team.