Adducul to Powerade

Well... Romel Adducul will lead the Powerade Tigers in some capacity. Sure, we know that Adducul is not the same monster he once was when he piloted the San Sebastian Stags to multiple consecutive championships or when he laid waste on his opponents playing for the Manila Metrostars and the LBC-Batangas Blades (the other MBA team he played for escapes me) or when he dictated the pace when he debuted in the PBL with Chowking and made a return stint with the league via Welcoat.

His PBA career is indeed disappointing. He was the second pick overall of the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the 2003 PBA Draft but his style wasn’t suited in the Gins’ run and gun game. Mark Caguioa and Bal David (later Jayjay Helterbrand) will handle the outside while Eric Menk and Jun Limpot are the primary options at the low post. The only consolation for Adducul was that he tore it up in the rebounding department. But that was about it. When Limpot was shipped to Purefoods for Andy Seigle, it was Rodney Santos who got the offensive nod. There was a point that because of his awful free throw shooting, he was benched in the crucial minutes.

And then with the arrival of Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril, and Rudy Hatfield, his importance to the Ginebra squad diminished greatly and he was ready to align himself with a team that needed his services like...

... F’N San Miguel.

After sporting jersey #82 and pretty much being the same “former top guy outside the MBA but lost his offense when he transferred to the PBA”, Adducul was part of an epic trade that sent Enrico Villanueva to San Miguel and him at Red Bull which is some ways perfect because he is reliable enough for Yeng Guiao to use in his vaulted rebounding front.

And then he was sent to Purefoods for Don F’N Camaso.

The hell...

The Adducul trade in some ways wasted Adducul. But in a way Adducul had the capabilities to shine in Purefoods. There was a point when he was playing as if it was his rookie season in Ginebra. His points are not there but his rebounds were making him awesome. However, the cancer forced him to get sidelined. When he returned, his appearances were sporadic.

Romel Adducul just signed a contract to play for Powerade hours after the appointment of Tim Cone as the B-Meg head coach. With Adducul, Kenneth Duremdes, Dennis Espino, Will Antonio, Homer Se, and Alex Crisano, it seems like the Tigers souped themselves up with geriatric ex-stars.

However, compare these guys to last season’s Powerade bench, this is a tremendous upside. As of this moment, Powerade has equipped their selves with the 2011 PBA Draft top pick JV Casio and prolific all-around menace Marcio Lassiter. Also in their squad are former Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ Josh Vanlandingham and Doug Kramer, Meralco refugee Chris Timberlake, and rookie free agents James Martinez and Rudy Lingganay. From their last year’s lineup, they have brought back Sean Anthony, Jai Reyes, RJ Rizada, Francis Allera, and Celino Cruz. If these players will not play for the Tigers this season, expect them to suit up as Coca-Cola Ambassadors.

Oh and yeah... they have some guy named Gary David... who was the ONLY Powerade player to score in double figures last season.

In hindsight, I feel his parting of ways with the San Miguel Corporation is long overdue. I won’t go to saying that SMC ruined his career but I imagine the what ifs that would have transpired if he was selected first overall by Alaska in 2003 instead of Mike Cortez or if he played for Red Bull instead of Purefoods or if he went to the PBA as a direct hire free agent just like Dondon Hontiveros and Hatfield did. While we hope he can still deliver the performances he used to have, it’s certain that he’ll just play limited minutes for the squad. Rebounds and putbacks will be his specialty and Coach Bo Perasol will expect him to lead the team in some ways.

Hopefully the Powerade Tigers will give Romel Adducul the swan song he deserves.

Game over.


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