PBA Season 43 Preview: Without marquee players, Kia to bank on sheer work ethic

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Kia may not have the most star-studded of lineups in the PBA, but the Picanto have a sheer force of will to rely on.“We’re realistic in knowing that we may not have top tier guys but what we have are the hardest workers in this league and I can attest to that hard work,” said Gavina. “We’re envisioning our team to be highly-disciplined and to be defensive-minded.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGavina hopes that their sheer level of hard work would be able to make up for their lack of talent.“We cannot be normal, our effort and activity level has to be in an extraordinary pace in order to overcome the discrepancy in the level of talent with other teams.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Malditas save PH from shutout Head Coach: Chris GavinaKey Players: Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Jackson CorpuzKey Additions: Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Jon GabrielKey Losses: LA Revilla, Jason BallesterosADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And supplementing that pure will to win, and unadulterated potential hustle, is the influx of a championship mentality from former San Miguel Beermen JayR Reyes and Ronald Tubid.The two, together with Rashawn McCarthy, were acquired days before the 2017 Draft wherein the Picanto gave up the no.1 pick that turned out to be ABL standout Christian Standhardinger.Gavina hopes the former Beermen’s presence alone would be an enough influence to uplift the team’s mentality after suffering in the scourge of last year’s Philippine Cup when Kia, then known as Mahindra Enforcer, finished 3-8.“The San Miguel guys that came over brought tremendous character and that championship experience is invaluable to our younger guys,” said Gavina.“They can teach them how to get to that championship level, the ability to relay that championship focus and effort in practice will be of great help to us.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA Season 43 Preview: Pressure to dominate still fuels San Miguellast_img

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