TUBID: ONE REASON FOR KINGS’ EARLY SUCCESS
Player of the Week April 2 to 8
Thursday, 12 April 2007
GETTING a player to understand his role in a team is not easy, especially if the said player’s mind has been saturated with other systems.
That is why Ginebra coach Jong Uichico can’t help but be impressed with the way Ronald Tubid has been absorbing the Kings’ brand of play.
“OK si Ronald. We’ve been trying to make him understand what his role is in the team and he’s slowly but surely getting there,” said Uichico.
Whatever Tubid may have sopped up is enough to make him an effective component of Ginebra and earn the nod of the PBA Press Corps as its ACCEL-Talk ‘N Text Player of the Week for the period April 2-8.
The 6-foot-2 off-guard has been doing all the things asked of him by Uichico – and more.
Clear example: In the Kings’ 100-84 win over Red Bull last Sunday, Tubid had 19 points to go with nine rebounds, helping the team notch its second straight win and improve to a 6-2 win-loss record that tied them with the Barakos at the top of the standings.
For Uichico, however, more important are the former University of the East hotshots’ three assists, two steals, hustle and defense.
“If he has a good offensive night, bonus na yon. What we’re really trying to do is make him realize what his role is first, which is to be a defender. Konti-konti, nakukuha na niya iyon,” Uichico said.
There are still some things to hone in the game of Tubid, who has been with Shell and Air21 before being part of the pre-New Year trade that sent him to the crowd favorites.
“Kung minsan kasi, sobrang dribble siya. He should realize na kapag walang sitwasyon, he must give up the ball,” Uichico pointed out.
“Those are the small things we’re trying to correct,” he added. “Once he completely understands that, he’ll be the perfect fit for us.”
There are already some good signs.
With the likes of Rudy Hatfield (on leave), Johnny Abarrientos (groin injury), Eric Menk (calf injury) and Rafi Reavis (shoulder injury) out, Uichico is forced to assign more minutes and tasks to Tubid, who is not shirking from the challenge one bit.
Ronald Tubid has been averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, which are clear indications of his readiness to help the team. (NCo)