Playing the cards he is dealt with, Phoenix coach Topex Robinson believes—even without talking to his Converge counterpart—that he and Aldin Ayo are both changing the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) landscape in their literal little ways.
“The common belief is that if you don’t have a great big man in this league is that you have very little chance,” Robinson told the Inquirer over the phone Tuesday night on the eve of his Fuel Masters’ clash with the FiberXers in the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations—where the tournament’s hottest teams part ways at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
“What I like about me and coach Aldin is that we are both trying to change that landscape,” Robinson said of the 3 p.m. game. “We want fast-paced games. We have young teams, it would be like watching collegiate basketball. And that makes it exciting.”
Robinson has never really had a dominant big man ever since taking over the reins at Phoenix, which is why a five-game winning streak—the same run Converge is currently in—seems like a surprise to a lot.