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    Alas admits getting offer from Malaysia Dragons

    Jun 19, 2013
    Louie Alas led the Philippine Patriots to the inaugural championship of the ABL in 2010. Jerome Ascano

    COACHING rigodons appear to be the norm, even in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

    Aside from the Indonesia Warriors, the Malaysia Westports Dragons appear set to tinker with their coaching staff with no less than Alaska deputy mentor Louie Alas the object of their desire.

    Alas himself confirmed to Spin.ph an existing offer to him by the Dragons management through general manager Yakub Hussaini.

    The soft-spoken coach steered the Philippine Patriots to the inaugural championship of the ABL in 2010.

    The Dragons have a Filipino for a coach in Ariel Vanguardia although the team was swept in its recent semifinal encounter with the Warriors.

    “May alok sila sa akin to coach them kaso tinatantiya ko pa,” said Alas, who however insisted that he is looking at the welfare of Vanguardia.

    “Kausap ko si Ariel. Sabi niya may kontrata pa raw siya. Kaya sabi ko kausapin mo `yung GM mo, kasi ion-offer `yung trabaho mo, may kontrata ka pa pala.”

    The development came just a day after the Warriors announced they are parting ways with American coach Todd Purves after a successful two-year partnership that saw Indonesia win the ABL title last year and reach the Finals this season.

    Alas revealed Hussaini is coming over to the country to personally talk to him about the Dragons’ offer.

    “Sabi niya sa akin, 'Can you wait for us? We will go to Manila to see you. Sabi ko, sige pero iginiit ko sa kanila na under contract ako sa Alaska,” said the multi-titled coach, whose last head-coaching stint was with Letran in the NCAA.

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    “Pero puwede ko naming kausapin `yung Alaska. Mabait ang management namin. Basta’t alam nila na greener pasture, hindi ka nila pipigilan,” said Alas, who’s part of the Alaska team that recently won the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.

    He however, emphasized that he’s already happy with Alaska and insisted that Vanguardia is a very close friend of him.

    “Kumpare ko `yun. Kaya nung inalok ako, tinawagan ko agad si Ariel para alam niya,” said Alas.

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    Louie Alas led the Philippine Patriots to the inaugural championship of the ABL in 2010. Jerome Ascano
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