RAIN or Shine import Wayne Chism has travelled the globe playing basketball, but there was something that didn't quite connect after his first game in the PBA.
“What? Can you say that again? Coach Yeng (Guiao) normally misses games because of suspension and sanctions?” said Chism with his eyebrows raised, drawing laughter from his teammates inside the Rain or Shine dugout on Monday night.
Rain or Shine's new import couldn't quite believe that the tame, soft-spoken coach he has met in practice can turn into a tiger during games - so much so that he has racked up, hands down, the biggest amount of fines by a coach in league history.
“The way he was down on the sidelines, he didn’t look like that (ultra-emotional) to me,” said the import. “But after him and everybody told me, that’s a surprise to me!”
Guiao didn't look surprised by his import's reaction.
“Siguro hindi pa niya (Chism) nababalitaan (ang track record ko). Wala pa sigurong nagkukuwento sa kanya. It’s not something I advertise,” said Guiao smiling after Rain or Shine's 99-75 win over GlobalPort on Chism's debut.
“Ayoko naman talaga na ma-suspend, ayoko na ma-eject. Kaya lang kasama lang because of the passion and commitment that you give to your job,” added the fiery mentor.
“Nakikita naman niya ako sa practice, kalmado ako. Kaya malamang sa game kanina (nung nagagalit ako) nagulat siya.”
Asked if he has already earned the ire of Guiao, Chism cringed and shook his head.
“Not yet, so I am careful I don’t mess up too much. I haven’t experienced it and they (my teammates) want me to see it on my own,” said Chism. “So I try not to so I’m gonna do my best.”
The 26-year-old Jackson, Tennessee native, who had 17 points, 16 boards, and five assists in his first game with Rain or Shine, said he has a lot of experience with a lot of coaches - one always different from the other.
“I’ve had a bunch of strong and aggressive coaches, they actually helped my game. There are some I didn’t like but still made me become better. So I can’t complain to how coach can coach,” he said.
“(Right now) I only had one game with him, but I believe he is a good coach. The way he’s handling this team is very professional. I am very happy to be on this team,” declared Chism.
And what does he like most about his new coach?
“He is a more relaxed coach, but he speaks out if there’s a need. That’s really good, he speaks up for his players,” said the Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward.
A known disciplinarian, Guiao said he is very patient when it comes to imports but at the same time won't hesitate to make the drastic move if he has to.
“Ang import naman kasi pag hindi komporme sa sistema mo, madali namang pauwiin. Bakit ka pa makikipag-away, just send him home. Wala ka pang complication,” said Guiao.
But the six-time champion coach takes pride in having harnessed the talent of one of the most talented and engimatic imports ever to play in the PBA - Tony Harris.
Harris, who up to now holds the record for the most points scored in one game at 105, which he set against Ginebra on October 10, 1992, won a championship with Guiao under the Swift banner.
“Tony was very talented, pero siguro yung pag-manage ko sa kanya (nakatulong)," said Guiao. "I know I cannot change anything about his talent. But the way we disciplined him, he was able to blend well with our locals."