CHUA BRINGS OLD GINEBRA SPIRIT BACK TO LIFE: After a miserable 0-4 start to his PBA coaching comeback, Alfrancis Chua admitted losing sleep as well as 14 pounds just trying to figure out what was going wrong with the Ginebra Gin Kings.
Chua, who unknown to many starts the day by reading what he refers to as Bible reflections, believes his team's horrendous start was God's way of testing his team's resolve.
When an assortment of injuries hit Mark Caguioa, Billy Mamaril and Rudy Hatfield, the pony-tailed mentor found the best opportunity to gather his remaining healthy players and give a pep talk.
"Sabi ko sa kanila, 'Tumingin kayo sa kanan, tumingin kayo sa kaliwa,' at tumingin naman sila. Sinabi ko, 'Yan na lang ang tutulong sa inyo at tutulungan niyo. Huwag niyo na hanapin 'yung mga wala. Tayu-tayo na lang at wala ng iba.'"
Simple yet profound.
It may go down as the comebacking coach's best speech in a career that started while he was still playing for the UST Golden Tigers during the early eighties.
"Oo, nung simula pinagtatawanan nila kami kasi 0-4 ang record namin. Ngayon alam na nila na gumagana lahat ng players. Sisiguraduhin namin na duduguin muna kayo sa amin bago niyo kami talunin," said Chua, confident that he has brought the team's legendary never-say-die spirit back to life.