GLOBALPORT team owner Mikee Romero said he is patient enough to give Richie Ticzon the time to learn, adjust and be the coach the Batang Pier need to reach new heights in the PBA.
“Mahaba pa naman ang conference … 14 games ang elimination. So I believe mag po-progress pa kami,” said Romero, days after a rejigged Globalport side groped for form in an 87-97 loss to a seasoned Petron on Wednesday in its PBA Philippine Cup debut.
While the players struggled to put their act together, rookie coach Ticzon also looked lost on the bench - his adjustments ineffective and rotation pattern shaky at best.
Still, Romero said he is not about to judge his new coach in one game - or two.
“It (success in coaching) doesn’t really come overnight … talagang ta-trabahuhin. Kinakabahan talaga siya eh. Nakita ko palit niya ng tao nung first half talagang mabilis,” he said of Ticzon, who wasn't the first choice - in fact he wasn't even the second choice - to take on the Globalport job.
“He is trying. Mas gusto ko na yung masisipag na coaches kesa…” Romero said without finishing the sentence.
Asked if he was disappointed in his team and his coach, Romero said: “Work in progress siya. Hindi ako disappointed sa kanya. At wala akong expectations sa kanya because everybody knows he is a new coach. Pero mag-uusap kami."
Romero said he is ready to give Ticzon the whole conference to prove his worth.
“He has the whole conference to coach this team, and hopefully find his form. Right now, I am not thinking of any other coach except him,” Romero declared. “I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. I want to tell Richie: ‘No pressure, no pressure!’ Alam ko pinagdadaanan niya!"