TAB Baldwin understands where the Basketball Coaches of the Philippines (BCAP) is coming, and therefore he’s not about to make a spat with the group regarding his appointment as the new head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Being a mentor himself who does it for a living, Baldwin knows BCAP is just protecting the welfare of Filipino coaches.
But at the same time, Baldwin stressed the point that he didn’t seek the job that was offered to him when the three-year rein of former Blue Eagles coach Bo Perasol ended in the recently concluded season of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“I have sympathy for their rationale since their questions are based on trying to protect the opportunities of local coaches,” said Baldwin just before the regular Monday practice of Gilas Pilipinas at the Meralco gym.
“As a foreign coach, I didn’t seek to come to the Philippines. I was brought here, and when I came here, one of the important things for my boss MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) and the SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) was for me to make contributions to the basketball community.”
The BCAP under president Alfrancis Chua was quick to remind everyone about the Court of Appeals ruling barring foreign coaches from handling teams in major basketball leagues.
The coaches association obtained the ruling during a legal battle with Talk ‘N Text when it appointed former US NCAA college coach Bill Bayno to handle the Tropang Texters in the PBA early in 2000.
Baldwin didn’t mention anything about the court decision, though he made it clear the BCAP has his respect.
“It’s important to me that I don’t undermine the local coaching fraternity, but I try to help it up with the experience that I have, I try to give back to them,” he said.
“Hopefully, we’ll all agree on that and there won’t be any issues.”