Alaska coach Alex Compton said that there is no plan to trade any of the team’s core players before the 41st season of the Philippine Basketball Association begins. The Aces bagged a runner-up plum in the previous season.
“I really have no any idea where that news came from but I’m not surprised because earlier I read something from my news feed that aliens are now invading our planet,” Compton told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Saturday. “That news sounds something like that. There is no truth about it.”
Compton stressed that no core player of Alaska would be traded particularly forward Calvin Abueva.
“Imagine we only lost by just two points in the Philippine Cup Game Seven finals last season and do you think I’m going to trade my players? That’s not going to happen. What we are going to do is how to make them better and I really love my players,” he added.
The seasoned coach said that losing to San Miguel Beer in four straight games during the best-of-seven championship series is painful but they are moving forward.
“My favorite book is John Maxwell’s Failing Forward. It inspires me how to response after failure,” said Compton. “I believe we’re going to get better next season’s Philippine Cup.”
He also said that the Aces would have one first round pick available at 11th and three in the second round of the 2015 Rookie Draft this August at the Robinson Place Mall in Ermita, Manila.
“We cannot find a talented big man in the 11th in the first round, so what we’re trying to do is choose the best available talent there,” Compton said.