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    Baculi vows to honor Barako contract after approach from Romero

    Aug 15, 2012
    Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi says he has talked to team owner George Chua about the team's plans ahead of the pro league's rookie draft on Sunday. Jerome Ascano

    JUNEL Baculi is bent on honoring the remaining one year of his contract as coach of Barako Bull.

    Baculi made the statement in light of reports that he’s being eyed to call the shots for the new franchise of Mikee Romero once its application for membership in the PBA is formally approved by the board.

    He did admit that people of his former boss queried if he’s available for the job.

    “They inquired,” Baculi disclosed to Spin.ph “But I have another year with Barako Bull.”

    Proof that he’s staying put with the team, Baculi said, is that he’s going to personally preside over the Thursday practice of the Energy as they start preparing for the new PBA season.

    Baculi added he already talked to team owner George Chua about the team’s direction for the rookie draft set this Sunday.

    That Romero is seeking the services of Baculi, who’s also the athletic director of National University, is quite understandable.

    Baculi wore several hats with teams where Romero was involved in the past. He coached Harbour Centre in the defunct Philippine Basketball League and was the head coach of the men’s national team that Harbour Centre bankrolled in winning the gold medal during the 2007 Southeast Asian Games.

    He also became a consultant for the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League and was once even considered for the head-coaching position.

    In fact, when Romero first made a short rendeveous with the PBA as part owner of Burger King four years ago, Baculi served as one of the assistants of head coach Yeng Guiao.

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    Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi says he has talked to team owner George Chua about the team's plans ahead of the pro league's rookie draft on Sunday. Jerome Ascano
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