THE usually quiet and reserved Tab Baldwin just went ballistic, immediately triggering an uproar.
One, he went public belittling our local coaches, calling them all “tactically immature.” Two, he went public lambasting the “one-import policy” of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association). Three, he went public calling “criminal” the rule set by the Fiba (World Basketball Federation) in a country’s manner of selecting players for Fiba events. And four, he went public criticizing officiating in the PBA that “favors imports over locals.”
It would have been fine if Baldwin, Ateneo’s American coach and Gilas’ project director, did all that over beer with friends in a private party. Alas, he was on podcast’s Coaches Unfiltered. Public all the way.
So far, four basketball personalities have reacted: Coaches Yeng Guiao of NLEX and Tim Cone of Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel Corp. sports chief Alfrancis Chua and, yes, the PBA commissioner himself, Willie Marcial.
Except for Cone, the rest spewed fire.
Guiao accused Baldwin of “disrespecting our local coaching community,” and Chua labeled Baldwin as anti-local players “since adding more imports” in the PBA would deprive “our locals of unemployment.”
A non-confrontational Cone said that instead of hitting each other, “coaches must support each other.”
Marcial said a fine awaits Baldwin, a TNT consultant, in accordance with a league policy banning criticisms against PBA officiating.
But doesn’t Baldwin still owe the PBA P30,000 for breach of rules while Baldwin was coaching Ateneo in a PBA D-League game last year?
C’mon, Willie. You can do better than that.
And, yes, is it true Baldwin called Marcial to say he wants an audience with the commissioner? A complete role-reversal. Isn’t Marcial supposed to be the one summoning Baldwin—instantly? Show some teeth, Willie.
And isn’t MVP, Baldwin’s employer, doing his damnedest to appeal Gilas’ player program with the Fiba? With Baldwin’s “criminal” take on Fiba, MVP’s Fiba journey seems pretty much in jeopardy.