RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is set to miss the team's next two games in the PBA Commissioner' Cup.
But nope, he's not suspended.
Shortly after the Elasto Painters' 99-75 win over GlobalPort last March 31, Guiao announced before the team that he will be out for 10 days for a business trip to Europe.
They Said It!
“Guys, I will be out for three games. Coach Caloy (Garcia) will take care of the team, this is nothing new to you. That’s been our set-up when I am suspended or when I am ejected from games." Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao
The congressman representing the first district of Pampanga will miss games against Talk n’ Text (Wednesday) and Air 21 (Saturday) at a time when Rain or Shine is jockeying for position entering the playoffs.
But as he himself pointed out, half-jokingly of course, the Elasto Painters are no longer new to him not being around in some games owing to ejections or suspensions he has incurred in the past.
“Guys, I will be out for three games. Coach Caloy (Garcia) will take care of the team, this is nothing new to you. That’s been our set-up when I am suspended or when I am ejected from games,” he said, smiling.
Turning serious, he added: “We have important games ahead of us. I am confident in your competence. The team is prepared. You can make it - with or without me.”
Guiao said his confidence is bolstered by the fact that new import Wayne Chism has had no problem blending in just days after coming in to replace Alex McLean, as gleaned from his 17-point, 16-rebound performance against the Batang Pier.
“Kumportable naman akong aalis kasi sa first game namin with Wayne, makaka-blend in nang mabuti yung import,” said the multi-titled coach.
Guiao has incurred the most amount of fines among all coaches in the PBA, his penalties shooting past the P1 million mark after incurring a total of P426,000 in fines in the last Philippine Cup alone.
The punishments also included several ejections and suspensions.
But he has also turned Rain or Shine into a perennial championship contender, having led the team co-owned by Raymund Yu and Terry Que to a maiden league championshiop in the 2012 Governors’ Cup as well as four finals appearances.