POY Erram said he doesn’t mind being on the receiving end of Yeng Guiao’s infamous on-court temper.
The NLEX big man stayed positive after getting an earful from his outspoken coach during a team huddle in the second quarter of the Road Warriors’ 88-80 loss to the Alaska Aces on Friday night in their do-or-die encounter at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Erram actually felt it was Guiao’s way of saying he still needs to improve as a player.
“OK lang naman 'yun. Positive naman 'yun for me. At least concerned siya na alam niyang mahina pa yung katawan ko,” said Erram after emerging from the NLEX dugout where the entire Road Warriors team were holed up for more than an hour following the loss.
“Hindi naman ako nagalit or whatever. Kailangan ko pa talagang i-improve yung sarili ko.”
As NLEX played below par in what Guiao referred to as the ‘most important game’ of their conference, the players naturally heard it from their volatile coach, with Erram and Kenneth Ighalo getting the worst of it in a viral Sports5 video.
The 6-foot-8 Erram said it was nothing personal.
“Normal lang naman siguro yun. Observation naman ni coach yun. So kailangan ko lang tanggapin. Kailangan kong mag-improve pa,” he said.
“Ibig sabihin marami pa akong weaknesses. Siyempre sila coach ang nakakakita nun. For me as a player, trabaho kong mag-improve pa.”
Erram also agreed with his coach that the Road Warriors fared miserably against the Aces.
“Hindi kami nakapag-execute. Totally blank kami. Blanko lahat, tira, depensa, opensa. Wala ka talagang magagawa kundi tanggapin yung pagkatalo,” he said.
And it also pains him considering this is his first conference with the franchise that traded two first-round picks in the last rookie draft to get him.
“Frustrated din kasi hindi nakapag-deliver individually and as a a team. Up and down ang nangyari,” said Erram, one of Guiao’s trusted men in Team Pilipinas.