UNIVERSITY of the Philippines men’s basketball team manager Dan Palami has seen enough.
Barely six months into the job, Palami is pushing for a total revamp of the state-run university’s varsity hoops program after another disappointing season in the UAAP.
After the Maroons lost all but one of their 14 games this season that dropped their win-loss record in the last eight years to 10-102, the 44-year-old businessman and sportsman is eager to see immediate changes this time.
“If we are to drag ourselves out of this quagmire, drastic action has to be taken,” said Palami, the concurrent national men’s football team boss.
The Diliman-based dribblers may have snapped a 27-game skid with a famous win over Adamson in the first round which the school celebrated with a bonfire at at Sunken Gardens, but they lost their remaining games after that.
Palami hinted that not only must all the players undergo new tryouts to prove their worth, but the entire coaching staff led by Rey Madrid must be evaluated, saying "all positions should be open in the team.”
“The question is, do we have the decision makers who have the political will to do it? I’m not a basketball expert but everything should be studied,” Palami said. “Of course, with the support of the UP administration, we hope that we can improve the program.”
Palami earlier admitted he doesn’t have much of a voice in UP, but is just asking to be heard in the hope of ending the proud school’s run of futility in the college league.
Palami aims for a first Final Four appearance since 1997 for the Maroons next season, which the school is hosting.