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    Jeff Cariaso on offer to coach Ginebra: 'It's exciting but at the same time challenging'

    Apr 28, 2014

    SAN Mig assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso said he believes a talent-laden Barangay Ginebra team will live up to its potential once its players start being on the same page.

    “From an outsider looking in, I played against them (Gin Kings) so many times, and I think the championship culture is there. It’s just that I think being on the same page and what the coach wants,” Cariaso shared to after the Mixers’ Monday afternoon practice at the Ronac gym.

    “I’m not saying they weren’t (on the same page) in the past, but it’s not consistent.”

    Cariaso, who is being eyed to handle the league’s most popular team, believes Ginebra will be ready to end a six-year championship drought once the players buy into one solid system.

    “I think that (being on the same page) would be one of the things that would have to happen for them to get back to championship caliber because they have the talent, nandun na eh,” added San Mig coach Tim Cone’s most trusted deputy.

    The 6-2 Cariaso, who played 15 seasons in the PBA with four teams, beginning with the Alaska Aces where he was part of the 1996 PBA grand slam season, said chemistry has a lot to do with winning.

    ”Ano ba ang kulang? Just being on the same page and that means trusting, that means believing in the system, that means sacrificing for each other, backing each other, supporting each other, all of that. And that’s aside from playing with a big heart,” explained the 41-year-old former Rookie of the Yeat and 10-time PBA All-Star.

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    Cariaso said he’s set to make a decision soon if he would finally accept the challenge of coaching a Ginebra squad that has come under fire even from its own legion of fans after finishing eighth in the Commissioner’s Cup.

    “I think I have to (decide on coaching Ginebra) soon. It has to be soon,” he said. “But it’s exciting and at the same time, challenging. I know there’s a huge following, if not the biggest following here obviously.”

    Cariaso joined Cone at the Mixers’ coaching staff when the multi-titled PBA coach left Alaska in 2011 to join B-Meg/San Mig Coffee before the start of the 2011-12 season.

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