PBA chairman and Meralco board representative Ramon Seguismundo reiterated management’s all-out support for head coach Ryan Gregorio after the team’s failure to make the playoffs of the PLDT myDSL-Philippine Cup.
Seguismundo made the assurance to quash rumors that Gregorio is on the way out following the Bolts’ loss to Alaska in the knockout match for the eighth and last spot in the playoffs on Monday.
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“I think we got the ingredients of a champion team for the future." - Meralco board representative to the PBA ramon Seguismundo
“I don’t think we (management) should be guided by a knee jerk reaction because you have to understand that we also have a management process,” Seguismundo told Spin.ph.
The Meralco official mentioned that developing a champion team takes a while, which explains the Bolts’ constant player movements in the hope of finding the winning combination.
“I think we got the ingredients of a champion team for the future. It’s just a matter of time because developing a team is a process,” said Seguismundo, who is also senior vice president of Meralco for human resources and corporate services.
At the moment, Segismundo said the team is busy finding a 6-foot-11 import who will reinforce the Bolts for the Commissioner’s Cup set to start on March 7.
The Bolts have yet to win a championship in the pro league since joining the PBA in 2010 after acquiring the former Sta. Lucia Realty franchise.
Gregorio has steered Meralco to the semifinals in last season’s Governors Cup, the best finish by the franchise behind import returnee Mario West.
Since losing to the Aces, 91-94, the Meralco coach said he’s taking time away from basketball-related activities to "reflect and recharge" after an injury-riddled season-opening conference for his team.
“I just want to take a breather after a very trying conference. Reflect and recharge, that is a high urgency and high importance for me,” said Gregorio.
Outside of his designation as head coach of the Bolts, Gregorio also serves as assistant vice president and head of sports and basketball operation of Meralco.