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Thorpe's fate with Giants up vs Burger




MANILA, Philippines - Jahmar Thorpe will be put under the microscope today as Purefoods Tender Juicy, still trying to get into the groove, tangles with Burger King in the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

Talk n Text, hit by injuries to Yancy de Ocampo and Rob Reyes during the league break, takes on Sta. Lucia Realty in the day’s other game.

“Thorpe will play against Burger King, then we’ll decide,” said Purefoods governor Rene Pardo in a text message to The STAR.

Purefoods is in a dilemma to choose between Thorpe and Marquin Chandler with the latter now available to play with the Giants, having completed his stint in the Korean league.

The Giants are 1-1 (win-loss) with Thorpe in tow, bowing to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 90-110, on March 25 then rebounding with an 89-80 win over the Coca-Cola Tigers five days later. The former Houston Cougar averaged only 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in those games.

Chandler, a former San Jose Spartan, powered the Giants to a runner-up finish behind the Red Bull Barakos in the reinforced tourney in 2006. He was cut after 15 games in his return stint with the team in 2007 due to an injury.

Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio, however, is optimistic Thorpe can now perform better, having worked out with the team extensively during the league break.

“Given the time with the team, I expect Jahmar to play a lot better,” said Gregorio.

“The long break gave us an opportunity to get better on many aspects of the game. We’re looking at it as an important break to make us sharper and not rustier,” Gregorio added. “Defense was given emphasis, and playing BK is a good test to evaluate the preparations that we did in the last 20 days.”

The Whoppers are half-game ahead of the Giants at 4-3, enjoying tremendous lift from top guns Arwind Santos and Gary David.

The Realtors, meanwhile, are a game in front of the Whoppers at 5-2, performing pretty well despite a number of players playing half-healthy.

Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez said they spent the league break making some adjustments on their patterns and allowing injured players to get back into competitive form.

“It’s a productive break but Talk n Text is likely to give us a tough test. Talk n Text is the No. 1 offensive team in the league right now. We’ll come out and play with a defensive mentality,” said Fernandez.

“For as long as we’re able to cope with their running game, we have a good chance to win,” Fernandez added.


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Post on Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:59 am by matrix

wow, this is only his 3nd game... and yet his fate is already up in the air?

while ryan gregorio's fate is completely secured... even after back-to-back wild card eliminations & countless of losing streaks...

talk about glaring differences & mysterious management behavior...

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Post on Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:29 pm by jamj3

matrix wrote:wow, this is only his 3nd game... and yet his fate is already up in the air?

while ryan gregorio's fate is completely secured... even after back-to-back wild card eliminations & countless of losing streaks...

talk about glaring differences & mysterious management behavior...

Hehehe!!!

Couldn't have said it any better.

Baka kahit si Kobe ang import, walang assurance ang kanyang tenure, tsk tsk tsk...

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Post on Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:38 pm by KICKER

I think this is a fix deal already. Kahit maganda ang performance ni thorpe sa game na to, malamang mapalitan parin siya ni Chandler.

What thorpe needs to do in this game is to score 50 points, grabbed 30 rebounds, and dish out 15 assist to secure his position.

On the other hand, qoutes RG needs to make purefoods a consistent wild card contender for 10 years in order for him to be replaced.

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