JUNO Sauler is mum about his future with Barangay Ginebra as he awaits management’s decision on what direction the team will be taking following its disappointing exit in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The concurrent De La Salle head coach said he still has no idea on what steps the franchise will take amid reports Jeffrey Cariaso is set to take over the coaching reins of the league’s most popular ballclub.
When asked if he’ll remain as active assistant coach of the team for the season-ending Governors’ Cup, Sauler said he’s leaving the decision to management.
“That I don’t know especially with the Filoil (Cup underway). I don’t know. It depends on management,” Sauler related to Spin.ph shortly after La Salle’s victory over University of the East in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Saturday.
Sauler was given an active role side by side head coach Ato Agustin at Barangay Ginebra for the Commissioner’s Cup as he was the one tasked to call out the plays for the Kings in the import-laced conference.
Unfortunately, Ginebra won just three of 10 games in the midseason conference, finishing eighth at the end of the elimination round before losing in lopsided fashion to top seed Talk ‘N Text in the quarterfinals.
Ginebra’s import woes had been well-documented during the conference and Sauler pointed out the team’s inability to find the right reinforcement was the reason for its struggles.
“In an import conference, it’s really a big big part of the campaign, getting the right import. We thought we were lucky when we got Josh Powell. But we were unlucky that he had to leave us," he said.
“And it’s because of the Holy Week, we had to make a panic pick to find someone who could fly on Wednesday. That’s what happened to Gabe (Freeman),” said the soft-spoken mentor.
Following the unceremonious exit, Ginebra’s longtime leader Mark Caguioa launched into a rant on Twitter, saying his "soft, lazy" teammates didn’t have the heart to live up to the team’s popular mantra of never-say-die.
Sauler declined to comment on Caguioa’s statements.
“Those are Mark’s thoughts,” he said.