WHILE San Mig coach Tim Cone is getting Jason Webb on board as an assistant coach to provide “fresh eyes” for the coaching staff, the former player and TV analyst said he is looking forward to learning from the PBA’s most successful coach of all time.
“Coach Tim told me he just wanted some fresh eyes because there is a lot of work that is being done (by the other assistant coaches),” Webb told Spin.ph, hours after Cone formally announced his appointment on Wednesday in a media statement.
“Pero siyempre, kapag may offer ka na ganun, you feel honored and privileged, especially (with the opportunity of) learning from the winningest coach in the PBA,” he added.
Webb is set to join the Mixers on the sidelines on Thursday in Game One of their best-of-five semifinal series against the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters as he takes another major step in a basketball career that has seen him move from the hard court to the broadcast booth and now back to the sidelines.
The former De La Salle star played six seasons in the PBA with Sta. Lucia Realty and Tanduay from 1997 to 2003 but retired at a very young age of 29 because he felt he could no longer reach a certain standard that he felt he was supposed to be as a professional player.
“I felt I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t reaching the level I was supposed to reach as a pro,” said the 40-year-old former Green Archer playmaker.
“After nun, nag-negosyo muna ako for a time, although by then, nauso na 'yung mga NBA shows sa atin like mga dating players gaya nila Steve Kerr who were doing some commentary. I thought, ba’t di ko kaya gawin iyun?” he added.
He joined the television panel of ABC5 (the former name of TV5) in 2004, following in the footsteps of his father Freddie Webb, a former cage star and senator who also did commentary on the games for a time.
However, Webb admitted his first few weeks with San Mig will be a learning process as he tries to get accustomed to the duties performed by fellow assistant coaches Johnny Abarrientos, Richard del Rosario, and Mon Jose while studying the complexities of Cone's trademark triangle offense.
Webb knows he has a lot to take in.
“Kumbaga, pang-Grade One lang ako," Webb said candidly, "eh yung iba dun (assistant coaches), mga college level na siguro.”