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    Appointing permanent coach for Phoenix 'yet to be discussed,' says Bugia

    Sep 13, 2020
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    PHOENIX Super LPG is not in a hurry to appoint a permanent head coach following the firing of Louie Alas.

    Team manager Paolo Bugia said the focus of the team right now is on preparing for the possible resumption of the 2020 PBA season in a bubble, with associate coach Topex Robinson handling the team in an interim capacity.

    “To be discussed yet,” said Bugia when asked by SPIN.ph on whether management is now searching for a head coach.

    “For now we are focusing on the possibility of a PBA bubble and looking at Coach Topex to take the helm should it push through,” Bugia added.

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      Under NCAA rules, a head coach is restricted from handling the same position in the professional ranks.

      Bugia said the NCAA rule is fair.

      “I think this is only fair as when the time comes and if it comes to it, whatever Coach Topex decides on, he should fully commit to it and not be half-baked on too many things,” said Bugia.

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