FORMER Ginebra big man Sonny Cabatu has pinned the blame on the constant changing of coaches for the Gin Kings' disjointed performances in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Speaking a day after Ginebra suffered its third loss in five games in the mid-season conference, Cabatu said he felt the adjustments his former team had to make while moving from one coach to another has left the Gin Kings lacking in continuity and wanting in terms of stability.
The league's most popular team has had three coaches - Siot Tanquingcen, Alfrancis Chua, and Ato Agustin - over the five conferences while De La Salle coach Juno Sauler has taken on a more active role this conference, calling the shots and drawing the plays during games.
There lies the problem, Cabatu said.
“Tingin ko 'yung sa coach ang problema niyan. Ang dalas magpalit ng Ginebra ng coach. Walang continuity ang sistema nila, halos every conference nababago,” said Cabatu, the first-ever top rookie pick in the pro league back in 1985.
“Tulad niyan, last conference si Ato (Agustin) ang coach. Ngayon 'yung taga La Salle na,” he added, stressing how Ginebra had one too many coaching changes the past two seasons.
Cabatu said it is no surprise that the teams with the least number of coaching changes - San Mig and Rain or Shine - have had the most success over the past few years.
“Dapat pag coach, long-term talaga. Tignan mo ang San Mig kay Tim Cone saka ang Rain or Shine kay coach Yeng Guiao, madalas silang mag contender di ba?” said Cabatu.
The two-time PABL Most Valuable Player said the same holds true in terms of player movements.
“Pati yung madalas na palit ng tao, nakaka-apekto rin yan sa chemistry ng team,” he said. “Sa Ginebra, okay yung galaw ng team nila ngayon pero in two years siguro may mga players na kailangan na ring palitan.”
Asked what is lacking in Ginebra, Cabatu didn't pull any punches.
“Walang fighting spirit. Wala silang kalibog-libog lumaro. Wala silang pagnanasa tulad ng Ginebra noong araw, medyo kanya-kanya (sila),” said Cabatu.