06 February 2014

It's Now Time To Make a Change

Meralco Coaches
For Meralco Bolts fans waiting for any noteworthy news, there are none so far. There are none that actually involved game plans because after the team was knocked out of the playoff by the Alaska Aces, they have yet to resume practice.

It was a painful experience for the Bolts who, after trading potential stars that carried them to respectable finishes in the previous year, can only manage to finish second to the last in the current PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.

There are rumors though about a possible coaching rigodon. It was reported by Richard Dy of Spin.ph that Talk ‘N Text deputy mentor Nash Racela may be moved to Meralco in a swap with Jong Uichico in a mini-exchange of coaching staff for the two ballclubs under the Manny V. Pangilinan group.

Of course there are no confirmations yet from both sides of the fence, but if ever this happens Racela has no qualms with it.

"Kung kailangan at kung saan makakatulong, siyempre, I’m just being a good soldier," Racela said to Spin.ph.

The online sports site also tried to get the side of Uichico, but the eight-time champion coach only gave a curt response, saying: "Not that I know of, but you just go and talk to (Meralco coach) Ryan (Gregorio) about that. He should know if there are any changes."

As a fan of Great Taste-Presto-Sta. Lucia-Meralco, I have one suggestion though. Why not try having Coach Boyet Fernandez call the shots for a year. The former professional basketball player was able to transform the Realtors into a Championship calibre team after a short stint and even gave them an All-Filipino crown at the expense of Ryan Gregorio’s former team, Purefoods.

In the PBA D-League, Fernandez is at the helm of the NLEX Road Warriors, a squad composed of the country’s top amateur stars, which he steered to four PBA D-League titles. NLEX Road Warriors is also part of the MVP group.

Coach Fernandez was also instrumental as the mentor of the San Beda Red Lions which have now won seven of the last eight NCAA Championships.

We have seen how Coach Gregorio handled the Bolts in the last four years and we have not seen any improvements, only demoralizing botched plays. Maybe it’s time to infuse new blood in the coaching staff after the attempt to overhaul failed to produce anything significant.

I already said this way back in 2011, but I will say it again: Axing Gregorio Could be a SMART-PLDT Move. But why would they care about what I think anyway?

No comments:

Post a Comment