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    Yeng Guiao lashes out at Paul Lee's agent: 'Dapat 'yung image ng bata ang pinaka-importante, hindi pera'

    Aug 26, 2014
    “Hindi inggrato si Paul (Lee) at hindi rin materyosong bata 'yan. Kung ikaw ang manager, bakit ilalagay mo sa ganung sitwasyon ang alaga mo,” says Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, training his guns at the player's longtime adviser and agent, La

    ASIDE from his famous championship stories and infamous oncourt tantrums, Yeng Guiao is also known for letting go of players who he thinks no longer have the heart to play for him.

    “Kung ayaw sa amin ng player, madali naming gawan ng paraan para malipat siya sa iba,” has been the Rain or Shine coach's mantra when it comes to contract negotiations since his early days in the PBA.

    But in the case of Paul Lee, Guiao isn't giving him up without a fight, even if the former Rookie of the Year awardee has conveyed to him his wish to be traded in an overseas call from Spain.

    [See Point of no return? Lee calls Guiao from Spain to seek trade]

    Yeng Guiao blames Paul Lee's adviser and agent, Lawrence Chongson, for 'complicating' the negotiations. Photo by Snow Badua

    “Naniniwala ako na bagama’t sinasabi ni Paul 'yun (na ayaw na niya sa amin), pupuwede pa ring mag-iba ang isip nya,” said Guiao, while dropping hints of some details of his overseas phone conversation with Lee last Saturday.

    “Sabi ko nga sa kanya, pwedeng tignan sa mas malawak na pananaw yung sitwasyon na 'to. Hindi mo kailangang pakinggan ang isang tao lang, kailangan mo kausapin din ang ibang na nagmamalasaikt sa yo.”

    Guiao then trained his guns at Lawrence Chongson, Lee's former coach at University of the East and now his adviser and agent who the Rain or Shine coach said is the one complicating matters for team and player.

    “Malaki ang role niya (Chongson) dyan (sa kaguluhan ng negosasyon ngayon) kasi siya ang nag-a-advise (kay Paul). Siya nagpapatakbo ng negosasyon,” said Guiao.

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    For someone who is Lee's friend and adviser, Guiao said Chongson shouldn't have allowed the Gilas Pilipinas star to get into this situation where his image and reputation can be tarnished.

    “Kung manager ka, mentor ka, dati kang coach or kaibigan ka, nagmamalasakit ka kay Paul, pangalagaan mo ang image ng tao,” said Guiao. “Dapat yung image ang pinaka-importante, hindi yung pera.”

    Guiao said he doesn't believe that it was Lee who wants to leave Rain or Shine.

    “Alam naman ng tao na maayos na bata si Paul, disente ang pamilya, mabait na bata. Pero kung ilalagay mo siya sa ganitong sitwasyon ...," said Guiao, his voice tailing off.

    Guiao wasn't finished.

    “Wala kaming pinagkagalitan, wala kaming masamang pinagsamahan sa team, naka-maximum na siya, naging Rookie of the Year sa Rain or Shine, naging champion siya, na-injure siya, inalagaan siya, naging national team player siya, ginawa siyang mukha ng Rain or Shine, binigyan siya ng maximum salary ng Rain or Shine tapos biglang bigla … wala kang ma-explain na dahilan, sasabihin mo magpapa-trade ka?”

    “Anong image magkakaroon ang bata?”

    “Hindi inggrato si Paul at hindi rin materyosong bata 'yan. Kung ikaw ang manager, bakit ilalagay mo sa ganung sitwasyon ang alaga mo,” he added.

    Guiao said Rain or Shine is prepared to take a stand on the Lee impasse to finally address problems involving marquee players who force trades, citing the case of Joe Devance who turned his back on a maximum offer by Alaska to sign with San Mig a couple of years ago.

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    “Kasi kung papayagan natin na maging ganito lagi - maximum na alok, ayaw pa - magsusunod-sunod na ang ganito. Tignan mo nangyari sa kaso nila Joe Devance at kung mangyari ulit kay Paul, wala nang pipigil sa ibang players, magiging puro ganito na lang na 'yung player eh iho-hostage ang teams,” he said.

    “Kami kung magagawa naming itigil na ang paglabag sa rules, kung mayroon man, gagawin natin. Kaya tayo may rules, kasi yun ang dapat sundin ng lahat,” he added.

    Guiao also said they won't give up on Lee without exhausting all efforts.

    “Hindi kami kikilos dito ng hindi maliwanag ang lahat. Hawak namin ang rights kay Paul and i-e-exercise namin ang rights namin. Hindi naming i-te-trade si Paul ng basta-basta na lang,” Guiao said.

    Asked if Rain or Shine is willing to sit out Lee if the impasse drags on, the six-time champion coach said he doesn't expect the situation to reach that point.

    “Hindi naman dapat na mangyari yun na umabot pa na mag-sit out siya. Mabait na bata si Paul. Siguro 'pag naliwanagan na siya at may iba pang naka-usap, baka magbago ang isip,” he said.

    “Si Paul may sariling utak. Pwede niyang gamitin 'yun. 'Yun ang tingin ko e di pa niya nagagawa sa ngayon,” added the Pampanga first district's representative in Congress.

    And has this controversy strained Rain or Shine's relationship with Lee, perhaps permanently?

    “Hindi nagka-lamat ang relasyon namin. Naniniwala ako na hindi desisyon 'yan (pagpapatrade) ni Paul at hindi diskarte ni Paul 'yun, nai-impluwensya lang siya to think that way,” Guiao reiterated.

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    The Rain or Shine mentor cited the case of top big man Beau Belga, who also played hard ball in talks of a contract renewal last year but eventually chose to stay put.

    “Depende 'yan sa pangyayari, hindi ko naman pepersonalin ang lahat. Hindi ako kaagad agad na mag ka-come sa conclusion,” Guiao said. “Parang kaso ni Belga yan last year eh. Gustong umalis, after a while, napag-isipan nila na pwede namang magkasama-sama ng maayos. Bumalik siya. Sabi ko nga pwedeng pag-aralan ang sitwasyon.”

    For podcast of full interview with Yeng Guiao, see video below:

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