LIKE Norman Black and Bobby Parks before, now it's Sean Chambers turn to try his hand as coaching consultant.
The Alaska Aces, who Chambers had led to several championships, have tapped the services of its former resident import as team consultant for the PBA's 38th season.
According to assistant team manager Dickie Bachmann, Chambers arrived in the country on Saturday and will stay here for the next two weeks to plan with young coach Luigi Trillo the course of action the franchise is going to make for the new season.
Chambers is the latest former import to be tapped as team consultant after Black with Talk `N Text – now promoted as coach in place of national team mentor Chot Reyes – and Parks with Petron.
The 45-year-old Chambers, one of only two recipients of the PBA’s 100 percent performance along with Black, steered the Aces to their first-ever league title during the 1991 Third Conference, and later on, played a key role in Alaska’s historic Grand Slam during the 1996 season.
On Monday, Chambers accompanied Trillo, Bachmann, and assistant coach Alex Compton in watching the NCAA men's basketball game between defending champion San Beda and San Sebastian at The Arena. The Aces own the no. 2 pick in the annual PBA Draft and could have been setting their sights on reigning MVP Calvin Abueva.
"He is here for two weeks. He will focus on skill development of our big men," said Trillo. "Nothing final on his tenure. He has a commitment as principal in the US, but when he can help us, he will."
Chambers obviously gained weight, but remains the friendly import with the charismatic smile that he’s always been known for.
He began his career with Alaska in 1989 and retired in 2001, a 12-year stretch that saw him win five titles with the franchise, the `96 Grand Slam included. His #20 jersey was also retired by the Aces.
The undersized 6-foot-2 Chambers, who is listed no. 3 in both all-time scoring leaders (8,225) and all-time most total rebounds (3,253) among imports, was inducted in the Cal Poly Hall of Fame in 2005 after leading the Mustangs to two California Collegiate Athletic Association titles.
He first caught the attention of Filipino basketball fans when he beat the highly-favored Billy Ray Bates in the slam-dunk contest of a PBA exhibition series in 1987 as part of the IBAF selection that competed in the tournament.
Chambers also finished no. 7 in the PBA’s all-time best scoring averages (30.5) among imports, and no. 6 in all-time best rebounding averages (12.0).