HOW badly does coach Ryan Gregorio want to win a PBA championship with Meralco?
So bad that he’s willing to let his hair grow until the Bolts finally capture the elusive crown.
After the post-game conference following the Bolts’ 82-76 win over Rain or Shine in the Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Gregorio bared to the media that he hasn’t been to his barber for five months.
And the 41-year-old mentor plans to keep his hairstyle until the Bolts win the championship — or obviously as long as he can manage it.
“The initial plan is until we win a championship,” Gregorio said in a later chat with Spin.ph. “But of course, we’ll see.”
Gregorio is no stranger to superstitions, having done more or less the same antic in 2006 when he was still with Purefoods.
“But instead of growing it long, I shaved my hair. And it proved to be good luck,” said Gregorio, who steered the Giants to the All-Filipino Cup title that year on the way to being named Coach of the Year.
The title was only one of the four championships Gregorio had with Purefoods. He wants to win at least one for the Bolts, the perennial middle-of-pack squad which has gone on a resurgence in the early stage of the season-ending conference, where they are in solo second place.
“It’s an added motivation,” the 41-year-old Gregorio said. “It’s not worth anything, but it is really something that I just want to do because I really want to go to the next level for my team.
“Whatever it takes,” he concluded.