BASKETBALL Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) president Alfrancis Chua said he hopes the men behind Ateneo's decision to name Tab Baldwin as new Ateneo coach will respect a longtime court ruling barring foreigners from coaching teams in major cage leagues.
Chua, who took over the BCAP leadership after former president Chito Narvasa became PBA commissioner, said other than protecting its own ranks, the coaches group is only trying to enforce a favorable court decision about a similar case that arose in the PBA more than a decade ago.
The BCAP chief said the Court of Appeals' landmark ruling on the Bill Bayno case against Talk ‘N Text has been in effect since 2002, and is the same directive that prevented the likes of Rajko Toroman, Todd Purves, and just recently, Joe Ward from handling teams either in the pro or collegiate leagues.
“I think we’re all mature here. May court order na 'yun, ang tagal na, so sana maintindihan nila,” said Chua, also the Ginebra governor in the PBA board and sports director of the SMC organization.
“Hindi naman personalan ito, we’re just trying to enforce what the court has decided. Everybody knows about it, kaya I hope they (Ateneo) would understand it.”
To stress his point about the law favoring no one, Chua cited the case of Purves at San Miguel, who was not allowed to call the shots for the Beermen despite efforts of the franchise to name him as coach.
Instead, Biboy Ravanes was the one who handled the team, while Purves was relegated to a consultant role.
“San Miguel na yun, pero hindi pa rin nakapag-coach si Todd,” noted Chua.
Chua said he was grateful for the effort made by UP to ditch a plan to name Ward as coach of the Fighting Maroons prior to the last UAAP season.
“I got to meet Joe at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and told him he can’t coach UP because of the presence of a court ruling. He understands everything and UP just decided to make him a consultant,” said the BCAP president of State U’s move that eventually saw Rensy Bajar take the coaching reins.
Chua said Ateneo has not sent any feelers to BCAP about the matter, but added the group will welcome any initiative by the school to clear and thresh out any issue that is expected to arise from Baldwin’s appointment.
He didn't divulge what actions the BCAP plans to take in the event Ateneo sticks to its decision to name Baldwin as coach.