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    Ato Agustin denies online rumor that he has resigned as Ginebra coach

    Feb 16, 2014
    Ginebra coach Ato Agustin says the resignation rumor was most likely spread by people who want to see him out from the league's most popular team. Jerome Ascano

    ATO Agustin has denied a report now spreading online mostly through tweets that he has resigned as Barangay Ginebra's head coach in the wake of their Game Seven loss to San Mig in last week's PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.

    Agustin, who has just finished his second conference as coach of the Gin Kings, said resignation has not entered his mind and in fact hasn't talked to anyone from management about his status.

    "Hindi, hindi, siguro may mga nagkakalat niyan (on his resignation) na may gusto na akong mag-resign," Agustin said when reached by Spin.ph on Sunday.

    The former PBA star turned head coach said he has met recently with Ginebra team manager Alfrancis Chua to map out the Gin Kings' direction for the Commissioner's Cup, which opens on the first week of March.

    They also discussed the team's new import, Leon Rodgers, Agustin added.

    "Actually, nag-usap pa nga kami ni coach Al tungkol sa team saka sa import," said Agustin, who won championships for San Sebastian in the NCAA and Petron in the pro league.

    The former league MVP said they are hopeful that Rodgers' vast international experience as well as his solid offensive skills could help Ginebra remain a top contender in the mid-season conference.

    In particular, Agustin believes that Rodgers could be a strong locker-room and court leader.

    "Malaki tingin ko ang madadala niya sa leadership saka experience niya sa paglalaro. I believe our import can lead. Saka all-around player siya," added the Ginebra mentor.

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    Rodgers, listed at 6-7, is coming off a strong campaign with the Jilin Northeast Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 29.1 points per game on an impressive 54.2 field goal percent shooting clip as well as 40.1 percent shooting from three-point territory.

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    Ginebra coach Ato Agustin says the resignation rumor was most likely spread by people who want to see him out from the league's most popular team. Jerome Ascano
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