ALASKA assistant coach Louie Alas has a big career decision to make as he joined the rest of the Aces in a bonus trip to the US.
The multi-titled coach has been offered a contract by the San Miguel Corp. organization for an assistant coaching position at Barangay Ginebra, and he hopes to come up with a decision at the end of the trip.
Alas has already hinted about a two-year contract extension laid down by Alaska management to the entire coaching staff in the wake of the Aces' run to the title in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
“May extension na kami, lahat kami dito sa Alaska. Wala pang figures na sinabi. Pero mag-uusap kaming lahat tungkol dito (sa contract) pagbalik namin,” said Alas.
“Pero hindi ko muna iniisip ito. Relax muna ako at mag-enjoy kasama ang pamilya ko. Mabigat na problema ito pare sa totoo lang,” he added.
Alas is with good friend Luigi Trillo in the US where some of the Aces will take part in a training camp at the Impact Training center in Las Vegas before joining the team’s victory trip to Los Angeles.
Asked what will weigh in his decision, Alas gave an open-ended answer.
“Basta ako … I value loyalty and friendship,” he said.
San Miguel teams have undertaken several coaching changes in the last few years, the latest a coaching shuffle last month that led to the exit of Olsen Racela from Petron.
Alas, however, is unfazed.
“Normal na sa kanila yun. Ever since naman ganun sila. Kapag feeling nila magiging effective sila sa pagri-rigodon, ginagawa nila without hesitation,” Alas said.
“Pero ako hindi ako na-te-threaten dun, kasi pag ako tumanggap ng trabaho, iniisip ko magiging successful ako,” said Alas, who has won championships in the NCAA, MBA and the Asean Basketball League.
Trillo said Alaska management has already met with Alas.
“We already discussed it with (team owner) Mr (Wilfred) Uytengsu. He will think about the numbers and then he'll come up with that. He'll decide on things. But may verbal agreement na that is his plan for us. I feel good about that,” said Trillo.