YENG Guiao has slammed what he termed as "counter-productive" concessions given by the PBA board to the pro league's three expansion teams, saying the new ballclubs are inevitably left to endure years of losing.
Guiao has made a career out of building champion teams from the ground up with new franchises like RFM Swift, Red Bull, and now Rain or Shine, aided in part by direct-hire and draft concessions given by the past PBA leadership.
But the outspoken coach said there is no way the league's three newest teams - Kia Motors, Blackwater Sports, and NLEX - can be competitive in the coming season or the next under the limited privileges handed down by the current PBA board.
Not only did the board deprive the three new teams direct-hire provileges and the top picks in the coming rookie draft, an expansion draft under a "Protect 12" scheme has left the new kids on the block fighting for the crumbs in the league's talent base, Guiao rued.
"How can they be competitive? I don't see how they can be competitive (under the current parameters set by the board)," said Guiao, who also served as commissioner of the PBL.
As it is, Rain or Shine stands to lose the most in any expansion draft since Guiao utilizes hands down the deepest rotation among the existing 10 teams.
But Guiao revealed that he was willing to agree to a 'Protect 10' scheme for the sake of the expansion teams - an opinion Guiao said he expressed to Elasto Painters team owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que.
"In fairness to my bosses, they agreed that a 'Protect 10' (scheme) was the best way to go," the multi-titled coach said. "Now I don't know what happened pagdating sa board."
By simply doing the math in his head, Guiao said a 'Protect 12' scheme may yield 20 fringe players for the expansion pool - way short, he said, to fill up the roster of the three teams.
"I think the three teams need 42 players, so saan mo kukunin 'yung iba?" he asked. "And remember, this (pool) is made up of the 13th and 14th active players of the 10 current teams."
Guiao said he fears the "counter-productive" concessions will hurt the pro league in the long run since it will seriously disturb the balance the PBA has painstakingly tried to achieve over the years.
"You don't want to have 10 competitive teams and three weak teams," the former national coach said. "(The board) should look not only at their teams but the league as a whole."
As for the three expansion teams, Guiao said he fears the worst.
"Why pay P100 million (franchise fee) only to be clobbered for three to four years?" he asked.