PBA newcomer Globalport said it has no plans to replace interim coach Glen Capacio despite the sudden availability of original choice Junel Baculi, who on Tuesday was replaced as Barako Bull coach.
“Globalport intends to keep coach Glen. So there won’t be any changes to our coach,” Eric Arejola, the team’s head of basketball operations, told Spin.ph just hours after Barako Bull announced that Baculi has been replaced as coach by longtime assistant Bong Ramos.
Arejola said the pro league's newest franchise is keeping faith with Capacio despite the struggling start of the Batang Pier in the PBA Philippine Cup, where they have lost five games in a row and are mired at the bottom of the standings with a 1-8 win-loss record.
Arejola maintained that Capacio remains an interim coach, with his performance set to be evaluated at the end of the season-opening tournament.
Even Globalport team manager BJ Manalo said rumors of a coaching change may have been sparked by the ongoing struggle of the Batang Pier.
“Siyempre, kapag natatalo, ganyan talaga. Nasisisi sa coach. But we’re sticking with coach Glen. Mahabang proseso pa sa team para mag-improve. Management is on its toes to look for ways to improve because we look forward to building a champion team,” said Manalo.
On Tuesday morning, Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao officially announced during the Energy Cola’s practice at the Hoops Center that Ramos will be the Energy Cola’s new head coach, sparking speculations that Baculi was on his way to reuniting with Romero at Globalport. For full story, click here.
Baculi has been the object of desire of Romero during the offseason, but the Globalport owner convinced Capacio to assume the position when the team couldn't pry Baculi away from his contract with Barako Bull.
The two worked together as coach and team manager, respectively, of the Philippine team that bagged the gold medal in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.