THE Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) will not stand in the way if and when Petron pushes through with its reported plan to hire American coach John Todd Purves as a coaching consultant.
A source told Spin.ph the former coach of the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) may be bound for the country on Thursday to meet with officials of San Miguel Corporation.
So far no confirmation or denial has been issued by the giant company.
The BCAP has long fought to put a cap on the number of foreign coaches in the PBA, but the group has no legal legs to stand on when foreigners are appointed consultants, similar to the roles played by Rajko Toroman first with Petron and now with Barako Bull.
BCAP president Chito Narvasa said the influx of foreign coaches serving as consultants may bring more good than harm to the local basketball scene.
“Ganun talaga eh. Gumaganda ang basketball sa bansa, kaya marami ding gustong mag-trabaho dito sa atin,” said Narvasa, who stressed BCAP will only enter the picture if a team appoints a foreigner for head coach.
“Alam mo it should encourage more coaches pa nga sa atin to move to that level and step up,” he added.
Narvasa, who once called the shots for Purefoods and Shell in the nineties, stressed Filipinos will eventually benefit from the arrival of foreign coaches.
“Later on kasi parang makikita mas mura ang foreign coaches and you learn from them. And another thing, if he’s not doing good, you can just get rid of him,” said the son of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Andres Narvasa.
“Sa huli, naniniwala pa rin ako na magagaling pa rin ang mga Filipino. Kita mo naman mga pumunta dito sa bansa na coaches, hindi productive. Filipino pa rin ang magaling,” he said, pointing out that the Indonesia Warriors of Purves were swept by Leo Austria and San Miguel Beer in the last ABL Finals.
“Kita mo nga, tinalo nga siya ni Leo di ba? Pero I am sure kung mayroon silang nakikita run, some new knowledge we can gain from him,” he said. “Ang mga Filipino matiyagang mag-aral yan eh.”
Given proper exposure and opportunities, Filipino coaches can excel more, Narvasa said.
“Let’s face it, we cannot stop progress. You cannot also stop challenges that’s coming in from the outside. Competition yan eh," he said.
“So I would look at it as something that will inspire the Filipinos to become better. Bigyan mo lang ng breaks ang Filipino, gagaling at gagaling yan. Look at (Miami Heat coach) Eric Spoelstra.
“Tayo kasing mga Pinoy natural sa atin ang basketball. Bata pa lang tayo andyan na ang basketball. Kaya mas natural ang puso natin sa sport na yun,” Narvasa added.