GLOBALPORT governor Erick Arejola stressed there are no coaching changes as of the moment for the Batang Pier despite Johnedel Cardel calling the shots in the team’s last game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday.
“Wala pa,” Arejola said after the Batang Pier’s 125-118 win over Phoenix.
Asked about his status, Cardel, whose official position is assistant team manger, said it was just a temporary change as coach Pido Jarencio was suffering from gout and was unable to conduct practice on Thursday, while top deputy Eric Gonzales is focused on Phoenix-FEU's campaign in the PBA D-League Finals.
“Balasa lang,” Cardel said. “Si coach, may injury tapos si coach Eric, naka-concentrate sa D-League, so ako muna yung in-appoint.”
Cardel said Arejola told him about the development before he texted team owner Mikee Romero to thank him for giving him the opportunity to coach “this one game.”
“Hindi ko in-expect na ako yung hahawak,” admitted Cardel, who has never coached in any capacity in the amateurs and pros in the past. “Sabi niya (Romero) sa akin, ‘Just do your best and whatever happens, malay mo, baka swertehin ka.’”
The former La Salle star passed his first test in the pros with flying colors.
“I really appreciate na binigay sa akin ni boss Mikee ‘to,” he added. “Medyo mahirap pero I took it as a challenge.”
Cardel, who played five years in the PBA with Alaska, Sta. Lucia, and Shell, said he will go back to his old role as assistant to team manager Bonnie Tan if there are no more instructions to coach.
“As of now, wala pa naman sinasabi sa akin,” he said.