JUNE Mar Fajardo insisted there is hardly a difference in the focus in players if fans are prohibited from watching Gilas Pilipinas practices at Meralco Gym.
National coach Tab Baldwin has started to hold his training sessions behind closed doors after opening it to everyone for the first two weeks.
Fajardo believes the fans haven’t been distractions, based on his first closed-door practice on Monday morning when he returned after being sidelined with a swollen right knee.
“Parang same lang din naman (ang practice),” the San Miguel Beer superstar told Spin.ph.
Fans have flocked in droves during training sessions, always waiting for photo opportunities with their favorite PBA stars once practice would end – which, Fajardo said, didn’t sit well with Baldwin one time.
“Ang problema lang naman, dun ata nagalit si coach nun after practice, biglang pumasok lahat ng fans, so parang dun siya nagalit,” Fajardo said. “Pero okay lang naman kahit may manood eh.”
Baldwin also cited videos of their offensive plays being taken as another reason for holding closed-door practices.
Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico agreed with Baldwin’s decision.
“It’s better to have less, if none, ‘di ba? Kasi nawawala yung focus eh,” the Tropang TNT coach said. “Whether you like it or not, there is some distraction.”
“As much as possible, if we can have practices that are (behind) closed doors, that would be better, and then just open the practice to the media after the practice,” he added. “Pag nagpa-practice kami abroad, walang tao talaga eh. You really are concentrated with the task that are you are doing.”
“Of course, every once in a while, you open your practice to the fans. Okay naman yun because yung fans ang buhay ng mga (player).