Dillinger move leaves Black, Bolts disappointed: ‘We had a gentleman’s agreement’

first_imgJared Dillinger (2nd from the left) and Meralco head coach Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Coach Norman Black admitted that Jared Dillinger’s move to a rival team had left him astounded.“We had a gentleman’s agreement,” he told reporters when asked about his old reliable’s move to join Barangay Ginebra from free agency on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Black was referring to his new ward Bong Quinto, who he swears is bound to become a “really good player.”“[He] will have his opportunity to develop,” he said. “I know he’s a rookie, so he makes rookie mistakes. But what we see in the practice is a guy with multiple talents—a guy who can pass the ball, shoot the ball, score the ball, play defense.”“It’s just a matter of time. It’s almost similar to what’s happening with Javee Mocon even though Mocon’s getting more playing time at Rain or Shine,” Black added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Black said that Dillinger and the Bolts discussed about the player’s placement into the unrestricted free agent (UFA) list only while he recovering from a quad injury.“[We told him] as soon as you’re ready, as you’re one of the main players, you’ll be right back in the mix,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut Dillinger chose to jump ship without notifying the Bolts of his decision, which was what left Black and the Meralco management disappointed.“I mean he’s an unrestricted free agent, so he can basically do whatever he wants to do,” he said. “It’s just on our point of view, and the fact that we talked to him [prior] and he didn’t actually talk to us before he signed with Ginebra, that’s where the disappointment comes in.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PBA: Locals step up as Meralco spoils Rain or Shine debut MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In a message shared Friday morning, Kings coach Tim Cone said his knowledge is only limited to Dillinger being released by the Bolts and that the Ginebra brass had been reaching out to him.“I haven’t heard for sure that he has signed with us. It if it’s true, we obviously are extremely happy to have him. He’s a multi-talented guy that I’ve pursued for many years,” the league’s winningest coach said.Dillinger had served for the MVP group all his PBA years, with five season for TNT and the last six for Meralco. He won five titles within that stretch.Black, for his part, is now seeing beyond the drama.“Life goes on. [There are] so many players out there. We’ll just develop the next guy,” he said. “[G]uys get older. They move on. We move on. I’ll just develop some of the other guys.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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