MANILA, Philippines – Despite its prized acquisitions in the off-season, Barako Bull is still looking for a replacement for two-time Most Valuable Player Willie Miller.
Miller, an integral part of the Energy’s core group, was shipped to Global Port in a six-player deal.
“We have to find one to augment our two spot. We’re okay in all positions except that particular spot. Willie’s a big loss. He’s our go-to guy,” said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi in PBA.ph.
Aside from acquiring rookies Dave Marcelo, Lester Alvarez and Eman Monfort, the Energy received Enrico Villanueva in exchange for Miller.
But Baculi hinted that they will be shopping around for a player that will act as their shooting guard/point guard, a position formerly occupied by Miller.
“We have to look for a replacement. I don’t know how right now, maybe through trade,” said Baculi as they prepare for the 38th PBA season on September 30.
Meanwhile, Baculi described their present lineup as “a combination of youth and experience.”
“We’ve become younger and I think we can run now,” said Baculi, who now has at his disposal standout rookies Marcelo, Alvarez and Monfort.
Marcelo won the NCAA MVP award when he played from San Beda, while Monfort played a big part in Ateneo’s title wins in the UAAP. Alvarez, for his part, is a grizzled member of the Adamson Falcons.