With a 6th consecutive loss confirmed, the Singapore Slingers are facing a problem never faced before in their short 3-years presence in the ASEAN Basketball League: How to get the WIN? Coach Neo seemed to be running out of ideas in his 2nd season in-charge of the Slingers, and at the same time, clueless as to how the imports should be used.
Having observed the Slingers in their 6 game losing streak, it seemed quite evidently that the imports are playing their own style of basketball and neglecting the locals totally. However, the locals have done well enough to carry the team when the imports are not performing, which had been frequent for 2012.
On 11 March 2012, Vaughn Canta had to suffer the agony of playing a ABL game without scoring a single point. A reader of this blog had praised the Guard for his basketball skills but every fans and spectators know this hard truth: You can be a master in basketball, but if you do not get points for the teams, you lose the game.
Look further back, and in the home game against the Patriots, Donald Little missed so many free throws that if he could convert half of those, the Slingers would had been home and dry from the game. Instead, Little would miss more than he convert and the Slingers would find themselves on the wrong end of a scoreline, something not alien to them this season.
And who can forget Lou G managing to convert only 2 of his jump-shots against the Saigon Heats at home? Had a few more of his 3-pointers and mid-range jumpshots went into the net, the Slingers would find themselves snapping a 4 game losing streak. However, the Slingers lost the game the moment Canta loses the ball with 1.2 seconds to spare, and the rot continues.
Donald Dulay cannot be spared either. While he recorded 16 points against the SMB in the 1st Quarter at home, he had, in more occasions than not, missed the targets.
What about Coach Neo, who seemed to have the enviable task of naming the 4 imports and either Desmond Oh or Wong Wei Long in the starting line-up? With due respect, the team may function well if we play a foreigner to local ratio of 3:2, considering the players available. Else, what are the other players on the roster for? Make up the numbers?
WHEN WILL THE IMPORTS EVER LEARN TO WORK WITH THE LOCALS TO IMPROVE THE TEAM PLAY OF THE SINGAPORE SLINGERS?
WHEN WILL THE IMPORTS START WORKING ON THEIR WEAKNESSES AND IMPROVE ON THEIR ASPECT OF THE GAME?
WHEN WILL THE SLINGERS MANAGEMENT LEARN TO REPLACE AN IMPORT IF HE CANNOT MAKE THE CUT?
We have Marcus Morrison available, instead, we have to settle for someone who misses free-throws and dunks?
If this continues, probably the Slingers will miss the Playoffs for the 1st time in 3 years of ABL.