Ginebra may have won the championship in the PBA Governors’ Cup, but Charles Tiu doesn’t think they can win again this conference.
Tiu was a recent guest on Eric Menk’s Major Pain podcast and expressed this thoughts on the Gin Kings’ Philippine Cup campaign.
“I’ll probably get shot for this, but I don’t think they’re contenders right now,” he said. “I don’t think they’re gonna win it or anywhere near that level, especially without an import.”
As of posting, Ginebra is lingering at the bottom of standings with a 1-2 record — only better than NLEX and the still winless Mahindra.
Tiu continued to explain the Gin Kings have “a lot of holes” if you remove Justine Brownlee — their import when they took home the title last conference — and Slaughter from the equation.
Brownlee averaged 28.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 1.7 steals in the Governors’ Cup to lead Ginebra to the championship, the franchise’s first in eight years.
As for Slaughter, he was averaging 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds before he suffered a partial tear on his right ACL.
Tiu did praise coach Tim Cone for adjusting his system last conference, allowing the Gin Kings to play at a faster pace. But this time around, he said it would be a daunting task for Ginebra to win without an import and Slaughter in the mix.
“Let’s face it Brownlee was one of the biggest reasons why they won last conference, and you take out Greg Slaughter not being there… it’s tough, I don’t see them winning,” he added.
“They don’t have a lot of great shooters. I think they’re a bit weak in the small forward spot.”
Apart from Ginebra, Tiu and Menk also talked about the recent PBA special draft.
Watch a clip of the podcast here:
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