IT’S going to be a long offseason for Star after the franchise’s worst PBA campaign in more than a decade thankfully came to an end on Friday night.
Coach Jason Webb said there are too many lessons to be learned from his first year as coach of the franchise, which limped home with a 12-24 record this season for the most disappointing performance in team history since 2003, or a year before star player James Yap came on board.
It also happened to be the worse in Yap’s 13-year stint with the team, according to league statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
But the rookie mentor said the team is in no hurry to make plans for the league’s 42nd season which opens in November.
“We’ll let this one sink. Sometimes when you win championship you always hear people say I’m gonna let this one sink for a while,” said Webb, gracious enough to grant an interview despite the Hotshots ending their season with a 108-97 loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Governors Cup.
“But when you lose, you also have to sit for a while because you have to realize how painful it is. And we’ll gonna let this one simmer. So we’re doing the opposite, We’ll allow it to sink.”
The Hotshots wrapped up their campaign in the season-ending meet with a 2-9 record, just a notch better than Blackwater Elite, who are at the bottom of the standings with a 1-9 mark.
In all, Webb said it was a learning experience not only for the team but to the coaching staff as well.
“We’re gonna reflect on it and give it a couple of days and from there see what we can do to make the team better,” he stressed.
“All teams have strength and weaknesses. We’ve got to find a way to magnify our strength, and at the same time. keep our weaknesses hidden to our opponents to overcome their strengths. We’ll try to do that.”