Thanks to Dalupan influence, Black says he strives to get best out of players and do it the right way
Baby Dalupan's wake at the Ateneo Chapel. Dante Peralta

MULTI-TITLED coach Norman Black said legendary coach Virgilio 'Baby' Dalupan is a major influence in his career.

Black said some of his coaching tenets were patterned after Dalupan's, saying he always strived to "get the best out of the players and doing it in the right way" because of the teachings of 'The Maestro.'

Black, who played for Dalupan at Great Taste in 1983, went on to make a name for himself as a coach, steering San Miguel to a PBA grand slam in 1989 - the first in the league to do so since Crispa did in twice with Dalupan and Tommy Manotoc - and Ateneo to a five straight championships in the UAAP. 

"I try to balance my coaching a little bit after his, which is treat people like you wanna be treated, treat the players like you wanna be treated," said Black.

"In other words, try to get the best out of them but do it in the right way. You don't have to curse people, yell at people to get the best out of them. And that's the way coach Baby really handled things."

The American mentor added Dalupan raised the standards for coaching and inspired the next generation of mentors like him and Ginebra's Tim Cone.

Cone actually surpassed Dalupan's long-standing record of 15 championships in the first play-for-pay league in Asia with 18 titles. Still Black believes no one can surpass 'The Maestro' in terms of his impact on Philippine basketball.

"I think he set the standard, particularly at the pro level. He and Tommy Manotoc really set the standard for all of us as far being able to accomplish success, being able to go out and win championships," Black said.

"He was the guy that we had to follow. Tim Cone has surpassed him in a way as far as wins are concerned, but I don't think anybody can surpass him as far as his impact on basketball here in the Philippines."

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