CHITO Victolero will be patient with new import James Farr who he expects to get better as the PBA Commissioner's Cup progresses.
"It was very hard for our import. It's not an excuse, pero yun talaga ang totoo, may jetlag pa siya. He's coming from an almost 20-hour flight and he only had one practice with us," said Victolero as the Hotshots fell to a 0-2 start to the conference.
Farr had a less stellar debut for Magnolia Pambansang Manok in a 102-99 loss to NorthPort on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists.
The import who replaced the injured John Fields, had a good start in his first game on local soil that was until jetlag caught up with him.
"He had a good start. But the problem was wala talaga siyang legs. After how many minutes, yung shot selections niya, yung decision making niya hindi na maganda," said the Magnolia coach.
Victolero doesn't want to use it as an excuse, although he said it was difficult for the import to stay focus especially during the second half of the game.
Farr arrived in the country just last Monday on short notice as a last-minute replacement for Fields, who sprained his ankle two days before the Hotshots were to play their first game in the mid-season conference.
"It's a severe sprain," said Victolero of Fields, who suited up in the team's 103-80 loss to the Alaska Aces.
"He forced to play it, pero yun nga, hirap din talaga siya."
But for Farr, he expects the import to settle down once he gets to acclimatize himself in the country.
"He will get better," said Victolero. "Magiging maayos yan."
He better be, especially with Magnolia playing back-to-back games against NLEX and Columbian Dyip on Friday and Sunday, respectively. (RG)