RAIN or Shine co-owner Raymund Yu said the team's trust and confidence in Yeng Guiao remained unshaken despite a walkout which the coach instigated costing the ballclub a record P2 million in fines.
Yu said Guiao’s action was obviously done with “spontaneity and not premeditated” with just 21 seconds gone in the second period of Game Six which San Mig went on to win, 93-87, on Wednesday night.
“Alam mo, it (walkout) was a spontaneous thing eh, di naman iyan parang pinag-planuhan,” Yu said after joining co-owner Terry Que, team governor Mert Mondragon, team manager Boy Lapid, and Guiao in a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Salud at the league office.
“But it’s (trust and confidence) always there. Siya (Guiao) yung ‘ika nga, naglagay sa Rain or Shine sa basketball map,” he added.
After Guiao assumed the head coaching post of Rain or Shine at the start of the 2010-2011 season, he immediately steered the franchise to its very first semifinal stint in team history in the Governors Cup.
In the 2012 season, Guiao piloted the Elasto Painters to the Governors Cup crown after beating the B-Meg Llamados (now San Mig), 4-3 in the Finals behind Best Import awardee Jamelle Cornley - the franchise's first and so far only PBA crown since joining the pro league in the 2006-2007 season.
The fiery Rain or Shine mentor has also steered Rain or Shine to back-to-back Philippine Cup runner-up finishes in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, respectively.