COLLEGE of Saint Benilde head coach TY Tang had no intention of making a comeback to competitive basketball after a social media post saw him playing one-on-one against a few of his Blazers players in practice on Sunday at the La Salle gym.
On Sunday, an Instagram post by USPC Sports Performance saw Tang taking on some of his players one-on-one. One video even showed Tang shooting over CSB's Matthew Johnson.
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When asked about the Instagram post, Tang said he was merely giving his players a break from all the hardwork they put in during practice in preparation for a game against Lyceum on Tuesday.
"Katuwaan lang 'yun," said Tang, breaking into laughter when SPIN.ph asked him about the video on Monday.
Tang said the one-on-one sessions happened after Sunday's practice, and it was the first time he played against his players.
"Sila-sila nagkayayaan. Tapos Sunday naman, hindi naman masyado busy 'yung schedule kaya sabi ko, sige sali ako. Wala lang, katuwaan lang para rin siyempre, practice namin laging seryoso," said Tang.
Tang actually gave his players a run for their money but the 32-year-old coach insisted playing competitive basketball is the furthest from his mind. The former La Salle and Rain or Guard guard even said what the video didn't show was how poor he did on defense.
"Actually, ang hindi nakita doon, 'yung hindi ako makadepensa," said Tang, who retired from the PBA at the age of 30.
Tang, however, hopes the players will be able to relax after playing against them on Sunday. Incidentally, the Blazers are up against unbeaten Lyceum on Tuesday.
"Lagi kaming naka-focus sa mga ginagawa namin. Isang way rin siguro na malinlang lang sa lagi naming atmosphere," said Tang.
"It's a good change for us kahit papaano," he added.