JASON Webb is set to get his feet wet right away as he makes his PBA coaching debut on Sunday when Star takes on Rain or Shine in the opener of the league’s 41st season at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The rookie coach is playing down his debut, but he feels that there’s no better time to start calling the shots for a high-profile team than to do it on opening day.
“There are moments of excitement, but…I don’t want to put much into it,” Webb said in a chat with Spin.ph after practice on the eve of the opener. “It’s a basketball game. I just think we’re lucky enough that we play opening day, so there’s more of a spotlight on us.”
“I hope it’s a first game of many,” added the former pro and sportscaster, who tries to fill the big shoes of new Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Webb gets tested right away as the Hotshots face a perennial contender in the Elasto Painters, handled by veteran coach Yeng Guiao.
Tipoff of the lone game is at 5 p.m.
The Hotshots then meet the Gin Kings next Sunday.
“Basically our first game is against the team that has the best winning percentage the last two years and the longest-tenured coach of any team, tapos the next playdate, ang kalaban naman is the winningest coach in PBA history,” said the son of cage great Freddie Webb.
“So I guess you could say the schedule couldn’t have been harder," added Webb, who draws strength from James Yap, Marc Pingris, Ian Sangalang, PJ Simon, and Mark Barroca.
As preparation, the Hotshots turned what was supposed to be just a light practice on Saturday into a two-hour grind capped by a review of their offensive sets.