Ginebra San Miguel coach Siot Tanquingcen wants 2004 PBA Most Valuable Player Eric Menk to stay with the team — but not necessarily as part of the roster.
“I see him as a very smart player. Ang gusto ko sanang mangyari kay Eric is to play the same situation of Johnny Abarrientos during his latter years sa Ginebra,” Tanquingcen told InterAKTV. “He can help out sa skills ng mga big men namin, then when a need arises, pwede rin naming siyang bunutin para maglaro.”
Abarrientos, who is also a former Most Valuable Player, spent the twilight years of his career as a skills coach with Ginebra who was activated when the team needed an extra body in the backcourt.
InterAKTV learned that Menk still wants to play two more years in the PBA.
“He will see first what the management can offer. As a coach, I feel that Menk can help us in the coaching staff,” said Tanquingcen.
San Miguel Corporation executive Noli Eala told InterAKTV last week that Ginebra was planning to keep the veteran center.
Menk, who turned 38 earlier this week, played in just seven games for Ginebra this season after nursing injuries. He averages career lows in minutes (8.9) and scoring (1.7).
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