After succumbing to its third straight loss to start the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup, it seems that the Meralco Bolts is finally giving up on NBA veteran import Terrence Williams.
And now the Bolts are planning to bring former import Mario West, who also has an NBA experience, as a replacement who also has an NBA experience.
“Pag-uusapan pa namin,” admitted Meralco team manager Butch Antonio to Spin.ph after the Bolts’ 95-82 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Pero kasi it’s also a question of timing.”
But with how short the format is in the season-ending conference, Antonio said the coaching staff led by Ryan Gregorio will decide as soon as possible regarding the fate of Williams.
The Bolts, just like in their first two games, failed to sustain their strong start against the Gin Kings in dropping their third straight game and is at the bottom of the cellar in this 10-team tournament.
Earlier, Meralco suffered a 95-94 nerve-wracking defeat at the hands of Barako Bull, and was humiliated by sister team Talk ‘N Text, 105-99.
The Bolts will be playing their fourth game in nine days on Tuesday when it goes up against another acid test in grand slam-seeking San Mig Super Coffee.
The 6-foot-4 Williams, selected 11th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, led the Bolts with 26 points, but he was just 7-of-24 overall from the field as he struggled on the leech-like defense of Ginebra swingman Chris Ellis.
The Louisville standout averaged 21.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in three games.
But he shot just 21.6 percent from the three-point zone or 32.3 percent from the field in all of his game with the Bolts.
On the other hand, West owns PBA career averages of 26.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists after playing for the Bolts in the 2012 and 2013 seasons of the Governors Cup, respectively.
West has played with the New Jersey Nets and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.
And is also has already proved that he fits for Meralco's system in his two stints with the Bolts.
We'll wait on the upcoming days on whether Meralco will replace Williams with West or will they stick with the former.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
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