Norman Black admits he’s now running on reserve.
Three months since steering the Ateneo Blue Eagles to their fifth straight UAAP crown, Black is back in the Finals, this time in the PBA Philippine Cup, with a mission to steer Talk ‘N Text to a third straight all-Filipino championship.
“I have no idea to be quite honest with you,” Black said, when asked by Spin.ph if he’s feeling the strain of coaching in basketball in what had been a draining transition from college to professional basketball.
“I’m basically running on adrenaline right now. That’s correct. I’m just going along for a ride, just trying to do my job and just trying to give my players the best opportunity to win a championship,” he added.
As a hardworking and loyal soldier of Talk ‘N Text big boss Manny V. Pangilinan, Black reported for his new PBA duty a day after the Blue Eagles’ historic fifth UAAP championship on October 12.
Black had no plan to coach Talk ‘N Text when his team faced newcomer Globalport that day. But when the Batang Pier razed a double-digit advantage in the final period, Black stood up and took charge from there. The Tropang Texters eventually won that game, 108-104.
Now, Black is back in familiar territory.
Talk ‘N Text took Game One, 87-81 behind the clutch shooting of Larry Fonacier and Jason Castro. Now, the Tropang Texters are just three wins away from achieving their goal of completing a hat-trick in the Philippine Cup.
Black doesn’t know how far his adrenaline could take him, but he’s sure he’ll take a well-deserved break later.
“I’m sure somewhere down the line, I’m gonna have to take a little bit of a rest,” said Black.