IT’S the therapy Tab Baldwin needed before he goes to ‘war’ two months from now.
The Gilas Pilipinas coach welcomed the opportunity to analyze the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals between Rain or Shine and Alaska on the broadcast booth as part of the panelists put together by Sports 5 to do the television coverage of the best-of-seven title series.
For the first two games of the finals, Baldwin worked with veteran analyst Andy Jao, former PBA champion coach Ryan Gregorio and anchors Magoo Marjon and James Velasquez in doing the broadcast of the two matches which the Elasto Painters both won.
Baldwin said it’s not the first time he did a television coverage for a basketball game, having been involved in the same activity before in New Zealand where he was once national coach.
He’s all praises for the crew of Sports5, which he said is ‘very professional,’ making it more comfortable for him to do the game analysis.
“It was enjoyable. It’s a great seat for watching a PBA finals and this is a phenomenal atmosphere and great thing to watch,” said Baldwin afterwards.
The 57-year-old American mentor admitted doing broadcast work is a welcome diversion from his daily chores at Gilas Pilipinas as it prepares for the coming Manila leg of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Despite the Elasto Painters enjoying a 2-0 lead in the series, Baldwin said it's a great seeing two blue-collar-type teams go at each other at this level, something which he believes basketball-loving Filipinos should not miss.
“I like to see full stadium, I like to see the fans come out because this is as good as it gets in the Philippines,” he said. “And I think the players deserve that, I think the PBA deserves that, and it’s the best ticket in town and I think they should be swallowed up, frankly.”
Baldwin doesn’t know if he’ll be doing broadcast work for the entire series owing to his work with the national team, although he said it’s likely he’s gonna be back for a game or two more.
“I‘ll gonna do more, not exactly how much I’m gonna do yet, as this is a pretty important time for me in terms of preparation for Gilas as well,” he stressed.