Junel Baculi can now focus on his new coaching job with Globalport after obtaining his release from his former team Barako Bull late on Friday.
Baculi officially took over as Globalport’s new head coach on Friday during the team’s first practice for the new year at the Moro Lorenzo Gym inside the Ateneo campus even if he has yet to obtain his release from Barako Bull, which had the coach under contract until the end of the season.
But before the situation could turn sticky, Barako gave its former coach the green light after an apology from Globalport officials.
“Sa amin lang naman, mag-seek lang muna ng proper release sa amin. Ngayon naman, ayos na. Wala na namang problema kasi nag-usap na kami ni Eric (Arejola, Globalport’s basketball operations head). Nag-apologize na din sila sa amin,” Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao told Spin.ph.
Now that Baculi can proceed with his new coaching job, Arejola said management and the players are upbeat ahead of the Commissioner’s Cup, which opens on February 8.
Though the new franchise started off on the wrong foot in the PBA Philippine Cup, which saw the Batang Pier wound up last with their 1-13 record, Arejola believes Baculi can build on whatever interim coach Glen Capacio has done for the team.
“Part talaga kasi ito ng rebuilding process ng team. We really want to build a competitive team in the PBA,” Arejola said.