Switching Places

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This is just in. LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier have been traded by the Magnolia Beverage Masters to the Alaska Aces for Mike Cortez and Ken Bono. My gut feel is that there’s more to come. Alaska became a much faster team (and probably more feisty) with the entry of ex-Ateneo alums Tenorio and Fonacier. Fonacier will give the Aces something they needed for a long time – a pure outside shooter who can play defense and doesn’t choke in the clutch. He may just be the doctor ordered for the Aces. Fonacier could very well essay the role played by Jojo Lastimosa during his heydays. It has been no secret that Alaska coach Tim Cone had his eyes on Fonacier since draft day 2005 (only Red Bull beat them to the draw) and now that he has him, expect a lot of things in store for the 6’1″ Quezon City native. Tenorio’s addition will give the Aces a younger (and probably) better player at the point. Only 5’8″, Tenorio makes up for his deficiency in size with spunk and court savvy.

The trade hardly make any sense for the Beverage Masters. Not only is Cortez injury-prone but they are also giving up one talented young point guard in LA Tenorio which leads me to believe that the Cool Cat’s stint with Magnolia could be shorter than expected. My guess is that both Bono and Cortez are bargaining chips that will enable them to land the likes of Jimmy Alapag and Arwind Santos, and possibly another big man. There were talks last month that new TNT coach Chot Reyes was interested with Mike Cortez and have reportedly dangled Jimmy Alapag, only Alaska turned down the trade offer. Santos could be the defensive stopper Magnolia needs at this point. He could be available in exchange for a legit big man which Air21 desperately needs in their dough nut (“hole in the middle”) filled roster.

Well, it couldn’t get any hotter than this. This could be busiest offseason ever.

13 thoughts on “Switching Places”

  1. sayang ang magnolia, pinakawalan nila si tenorio para sa isang nagbebenta! i think tenorio will prove his worth sa alaska.

  2. at first i was shocked..as an alaska fan, i don’t wanna see mike go. but looking at the trade you can say that alaska got the better of it. mike is injury prone, ken’s too slow to play defense, larry can be the 2-guard that alaska’s been searching. LA’s a fast paced point guard just like Johnny A. with his glory days in alaska. i just can’t imagine how bono can get any minutes in magnolia. magnolia’s too crowded in the pf/c position. although cortez will be their starting pg from day 1. on the flip side, alaska will lose cortez and his 5 years of experience in running the triangle, remember it takes time to master the triangle. bono is a perfect fit for alaska, his outside shooting was tailormade for alaska. if y’all can remember game 7 last conf. alaska vs. sta’ lucia, in the 3rd quarter bono went berserk and scored effortlessly. that’s what he could’ve done for alaska in the future. alaska did addition by subtraction, they dropped bono so they can give playing time to cabatu and quinahan. overall in my opinion, alaska get’s the better of this trade:

    1) cortez is oft-injured
    2) bono will not play “at all”
    3) fonacier will contribute heavily
    4) once he has mastered the triangle, we’ll see Johnny A part two..
    5) with the departure of bono, quinahan will have the chance to strut his stuff.

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  3. sayang c tenorio; rising playmaker na xia ng magnolia pinakawalan pa…ok na ung kay fonacier loaded kc ng gunners ang magnolia 2lad nila hontiveros, tugade, at calaguio…sana d na mgng injury-prone c cortez sa magnolia…hnd naman magagamit c bono sa magnolia anduan pa c eman, villanueva, pena at ildefonso…

  4. good insights on the trade. esp. re: cortez here and on your post re: dlsu-adm game. i don’t think he’s been the same player since the injury. either that or i’m underestimating how much franz means to the green archers. anyway, i’m one of the biggest larry fans ever and although i love him to death, larry really can’t play defense nowadays. everybody just blows past him. but he tries to make it up with his smarts. uses his body to box out or anticipates where they want to go. like everyone says, he has a very high basketball iq. someone tim cone would love. someone yeng guiao and siot praised but never really appreciated.

  5. cortez for alapag? no way!!! mejo pilay na kasi sya eh. sguro hwakan muna nila si cortez, pag di nagclick e nandun pa naman si jonas, tall point guard. Sguro pag sa next draft ay may available na point guard (the likes of TY Tang) e pakawalan na si cortez. Tapos magtrade ng isang big man for the likes of Freddie Abuda, wag lang si DI, grabe ang intensity level nya. Kahit injured sya e todo support pa rin. Si Intal might be a good prospect. Sino pa ba, yung mga kagaya nila Mike
    Mustre na grabe kung mag hustle. Di nman scorer e grabe dumive sa mga loose ball. Yan ang wala sa MBM ngaun e.

  6. i think cortez will be traded to TNT for mighty mouse… this trades might work the champioship ring for magnolia for the first time….*_*

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