BARANGAY Ginebra’s incoming coach Boysie Zamar said he was humbled to be the personal choice of no less than San Miguel Corp. president Ramon S. Ang to join the country’s most popular ballclub.
“Na-humble ako. I just can’t believe that of all the teams ito pang pinakasikat na koponan sa bansa (ang sasamahan ko),” Zamar told Spin.ph, exactly a week after Ang announced infront of the whole team his appointment.
“Tayo naman hardworking lang. Nag-start tayo from the ranks, 'yun naman ang importante (alam natin ang hirap),” added the current coach of the University of the East Red Warriors in the UAAP.
Spin.ph has also learned that Zamar is a coach in waiting, with SMC planning to install Zamar as Ginebra head coach after he has completed his commitment with the Warriors in the college leagues. (For full story, see Is Boycie Zamar next in line for Ginebra head-coaching job?)
Zamar, however, believes that with still three months to go in the current season, anything can still happen.
The UE coach said he will be there to support interim Ginebra mentor Ato Agustin, even if a championship for the one-time PBA MVP may pre-empt his planned appointment.
“Anything can happen. Ano mang assignment susundin ko. I will just play it by ear,” he said. “At the same time, learning experience ito, malaking bagay yun.”
“Kung mag-cha-champion kami (under coach Ato), magiging Masaya ako. Mas masaya ako nun. And I will do my best to support that goal ngayong conference,” added Zamar.
“I think I will just take it one step at a time. Importante dito marami tayong matutunan. So whatever we can do to help now as a member of the coaching staff, 'yun muna ang gagawin ko.”
Agustin, for his part, vowed to make his stint with Ginebra a memorable one, regardless of how long it lasts.
“Okay lang sa akin 'yun (na maikli). As long as yun ang binigay sa akin na posisyon, ta-trabahuhin ko na lang. Kailangan lang talaga tulong-tulong ang mga players at coaching staff,” said the former San Miguel star.