FROM the outside looking in, former GlobalPort interim coach Richie Ticzon said he can’t help but feel bad for his former team after it slipped to a fifth successive defeat in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the hands of Ginebra on Friday night.
Ticzon specifically mentioned rookies RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, whom he said became close to him in the one conference that he handled the team in an interim capacity during the Philippine Cup.
“I feel bad for the players especially those who are close to me like RR (Garcia) and Terrence (Romeo),” said the former star guard out of Ateneo. “Alex (Cabaganot) is a good friend of mine. Sad for them na 0-5 sila.
“I don’t know (else to say). I just feel bad for them.”
Ticzon tried not to compare the current team roster with the lineup he had that reached as far as the quarterfinals of the all-Filipino conference after finishing as the seventh-seeded team with a 5-9 (win-loss) slate.
“Hindi ko masabi kung lumakas o humina. Pero si Sol (Mercado) lang naman ang nawala, di ba? Tapos si Alex (Cabagnot) naman ang pumalit,” said Ticzon, whose short coaching stint with the team was his first and only in the PBA.
Ticzon likewise evaded answering questions comparing him with Globalport successor Pido Jarencio.
“Hindi ko alam. I really don’t know. Hindi ko alam nangyayari sa kanila sa practice at sa game. Wala akong idea, wala na akong dun.”
And neither does Ticzon feel bitter over his abbreviated stint with the Sultan 900 Incorporated franchise.
“Wala akong sama ng loob. Happy pa rin ako at nabigyan tayo ng chance to coach,” said the good-looking player who once suited up for Purefoods and Shell.
Ticzon is currently not coaching a team, but he is coming back to Far Eastern University to act as assistant to team manager Mark Molina, a fellow Atenean.
“Wala muna (akong coaching ngayon), kanya-kanya muna. Babalik akong FEU parang assistant,” he said.
Ticzon, though, is not closing the door on a coaching return in the PBA.
“Of course, of course naman, by all means.”