Tab Baldwin apologizes, says comments taken out of context

Beleaguered coach Tab Baldwin has apologized to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the scathing remarks that he made regarding the league and its coaches last weekend.

According to the league’s official website, league commissioner Willie Marcial reported that Baldwin, the current Gilas Pilipinas program director and assistant coach of Talk N Text, was apologetic and claimed that his remarks were taken out of context.

"I feel bad that has happened and that is not my intention," Baldwin was quoted as saying.

Baldwin sought an audience with Marcial after his commentaries against the league’s officiating, format and the alleged “tactical immaturity” of its coaches. The comments drew uproar from the basketball coaching fraternity of the league with several prominent coaches such as Tim Cone, Norman Black and Yeng Guiao expressing their displeasure.

Marcial considered Baldwin’s statements to be detrimental to the league and said that he and the rest of the league’s technical committee would be announcing what Baldwin’s sanction will be very soon.

During a recent podcast, Baldwin said that the PBA’s usage of a single-import conference is a “big mistake.” He also added that officiating in the league tends to be biased towards the imports.

The Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) has already issued two statements regarding the matter but it’s latest one questioned Baldwin’s true intentions for putting up his coaching clinic here in the Philippines.

“He has been conducting basketball clinics in the last couple of years that cost more than what some coaches make in a month to participate in. In fact, his clinics are one of the most expensive ones in the country,” read the statement that was issued by BCAP president, Luis Gonzalez.

“He has not participated in free sharing of ideas, which other coaches do at this time of crisis in webinars, which other decorated coaches go out of their way to do. At the end of the day, his approach to basketball is ultimately a business,” it added. (JNP)