JUST two weeks since Frankie Lim assumed the coaching reins at Barangay Ginebra, resident superstar Mark Caguioa said he is seeing a "totally different team."
“It’s a totally different team I would say," Caguioa told Spin.ph. "This is the Ginebra you have never seen before in my 15 years here because I have never seen Ginebra like this before as far as training and just being tough is concerned.”
Caguioa said he has been under numerous coaches since he broke into the league in 2001, but admitted he feels like starting over as he gets used to Lim's no-nonsense approach and attention to detail.
And you better listen to the coach, the Ginebra star swore.
“Parang I feel like I’m just in a learning stage and you wanna learn the plays. You really gotta listen to him because if you don’t, sisigawan ka ni coach Frankie,” the former league MVP said.
Ginebra dropped a 108-99 decision to expansion squad Blackwater on Tuesday in their exhibition match in a game where the Kings played without an American import while Marcus Douthit played minimal minutes for the Elite.
Still, Caguioa is confident things are starting to come together for the Kings ahead of the season-ending Governors Cup, the team's final chance this season to end a title drought that extends to 2008.
The longtime Ginebra star is so focused on the task that he said he won't mind if he gets an earful from Lim.
“I like that part na he will yell at you if you don’t listen because he wants to set an example that we’re here to go to the Ffnals and win the championship. That’s the main goal,” explained Caguioa.
“No one’s walking around kapag tinawag ka niya. He wants everyone to pay attention.”