PBA coaches fume at Baldwin’s ‘tactical immaturity’ statement

Jonas N. Panerio

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) coaches have spoken up against the recent comments made by Gilas Program director Tab Baldwin.

Baldwin’s statements seem to have opened Pandora’s box.

Baldwin recently criticized the “tactical immaturity” of Philippine basketball coaches. From San Miguel Corp. sports head Alfrancis Chua to NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, and even the Basketball Coaches of the Philippines (BCAP), heads have issued separate statements decrying Baldwin’s remarks.

In a statement, BCAP president Louie Gonzalez said Baldwin’s comments undermine the efforts of coaches all over the Philippines, and not just those in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

“We are here to protect not just the welfare of the local coaches but also Filipino citizens,” read the statement made by Gonzalez, who is also the head coach of the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers in the NCAA.

“We will not tolerate this. It is the spirit of nationalism. We won’t allow ourselves to be oppressed, especially here in our own country. If you really have a good heart and you wish to help, you do not say something like that. You will be responsible enough on the impact of your words and actions. You are a person in authority; therefore, you must be extra careful,” Gonzalez continued.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has already expressed the desire of his office to sanction Baldwin for his remarks. Baldwin also functions as assistant coach of Talk N Text. Marcial also revealed that Baldwin has already reached out to him to ask for an audience.

On a sports podcast, Baldwin shared some of his thoughts on the current state of Philippine basketball.

“I think the thing that probably surprised me the most, which is also the thing that annoys me the most, and I don’t think that it is absolutely our coaches’ fault which means it’s correctable, and I don’t even think it’s the hierarchy of coaches. The biggest thing that annoys me, and I think the biggest surprise to me, was the tactical immaturity of Philippine basketball coaches,” Baldwin said.

“And so what do I mean by that? I mean that they are significantly unaware of the tactical advancements and the systemic advancements of coaching systems coming out of Europe in particular which, you know, are built on the backs of player development. And so our player development here is mature, and our appreciation for tactical advancement and tactical systems is immature.”