SEAN Chambers is glad to see former teammates Johnny Abarrientos and Jojo Lastimosa in their new careers as coaches in the UAAP.
Chambers, who is back in town in his role as consultant of Alaska, was at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday to watch the match between Far Eastern University and Ateneo which the Tamaraws won to forge a sudden-death match for a place in the Season 80 Finals.
Chambers' longtime teammates are now part of the Tamaraws' staff as assistants to FEU head coach Olsen Racela and he is proud to see them sharing their knowledge to young players.
"I took some pictures of those guys standing in the huddle. It was such a proud moment," said the former resident import of Alaska.
Chambers has been in and out of the Philippines for quite some time now, but it was his first time to see Abarrientos and Lastimosa coaching at the Araneta Coliseum, evoking memories of their playing days together at Alaska that was crowned by the 1996 grand slam.
"I'm thinking how many games we have battled here together in Araneta. And now to see those guys coaching, giving wisdom to the young guys, it is quite an emotional moment for me because I'm so proud of those guys," Chambers said.
Chambers, a former California Polytechnic University standout, said the unplanned reunion would have been awesome had another former Alaska star, Bong Hawkins, been around.
"All we were missing right now is Bong and it would have been amazing if the four of us were together. It was really neat," said the 52-year-old Chambers.