Two words that came out immediately from my mind when I started reading the hints regarding the Mac Cardona-Mike Cortez direct swap. The trade proposal was submitted hours after Air21 sent their bid to get Joseph Yeo from Petron in a separate trade.
Simple. As an Air21 fan for the last few years, I’m well aware of what position we’re lacking. That’s undoubtedly the Two spot. We have no less than the Cool Cat, Wynne Arboleda and Bonbon Custodio at One, Ogie Menor and Bitoy Omolon for the Small Forward position, our main scorers KG Cañaleta and Mark Isip manning the Four and lastly, newly acquired Carlo Sharma, Vic Manuel and James Sena guarding the paint.
I get the point of wanting the Ninja to fill the void in our lineup, but isn’t getting Macmac Cardona as well a redundant move? Worse is, we’re giving up Cortez. If both trades were to push through what would happen? We have Macmac Cardona, Joseph Yeo and KG Cañaleta all in one team; all pure scorers, while we lose our lone pass-first point guard in Mike?
Yes finally we have legitimate scoring threats, but this is an “Overcorrection.” We solve our problem at the Two spot but now we’re left with Pareng Wynne; who’s more of an enforcer than a facilitator, and the shoot-first point guard Bonbon Custodio (whose lone memory that sticks with me is the ‘Shake Your Bonbon move’ that threw away Mike’s 21-18-9 statline against Talk ‘N Text in the most recent All-Filipino Cup Quarterfinals). Can we expect these two to take the role of feeding the Ninja, Captain Hook and KG consistently? I don’t think so.
Moreover, can these three pure scorers co-exist? Let alone Mac and KG? Every Joseph Yeo fan can say he can take back seat at times — but not Macmac. KG? He can but it’s never been effective. In fact, he never was a team player.
Nobody would love to see Macmac in a purple and white uniform and watch him run with Ren-ren Ritualo and Joseph Yeo one more time more than I do, but if the management is serious about the Joseph Yeo trade, PLEASE, forget this Cardona-Cortez direct swap thing.
I stopped cheering for one particular team in the PBA since Ren-ren Ritualo left Talk ‘N Text in 2009, but I have learned to love this team since its Shopinas days (as I thought it would revive Ritualo’s dying career at that time — which is obviously dead now) and when Mike and recently Carlo Sharma were added, it has easily became my Boston Celtics in the PBA. So please, keep Mike Coach Franz.