MANILA -- In his entire basketball career, basketball legend Allan Caidic has had three tours of duty – totaling some 10 years -- with the Philippine men’s national basketball team.
The first was when he suited up for the fabled Northern Consolidated Cement squad that brought honors to the Philippines in the 1980s. The next was with the first all-professional basketball team during the era of open basketball in 1990. And there was the 1998 Centennial Team.
Caidic owns the fourth-best scoring average for a Filipino in the PBA with 19.6 points average in 596 matches. He owns the single game record for the most points scored by a local in one match with 79 that accumulated during a November 21, 1991 match against Ginebra. What makes that feat amazing is the previous night, he hardly got any sleep as he was in the hospital as his wife was set to give birth to their first child. When he went to the game for Presto Tivoli, it was at the start of the second quarter.
He holds the record for the most number of triples made in a career with 1,242 and a 40% accuracy clip from that range. He co-owns the PBA record for most triples in a match with nine along with Renren Ritualo.
And for all that time and the honors Caidic has given to the country, the veteran gunslinger believes he has a few more bullets left in him.
The 56-year old man nicknamed “The Triggerman” who does individual coaching while playing in a PBA Legends tour nowadays is offering his help to the basketball powers that be -- if they are interested.
“Kailangan siguro mag-exert ng isang program (for shooting),” he postulated during the Filoil Flying V Sports/BlackWater Elite webinar on Wednesday, May 20.
“I am more than willing to help if they give me the opportunity to guide mga local players natin,” he said. “Kung may program 'yung Gilas, we are more than willing to help our high school and college players."
“I am not saying that I am the savior,” clarified Caidic. “Kahit papano mabigay ko sa kanila 'yung secrets at technical know-how.”
While Caidic last worked the bench with the De La Salle University Green Archers as an assistant to former head coach Juno Sauler, he has as of late worked with Matt and Mike Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas high school star Bismarck Lina and Vince Ferrer.
Over the last several seasons, he has done extra work with the Nieto twins on their shooting and confidence. The same with Lina and Ferrer.
“With the three-point shot gaining more prominence in today’s fast-paced game, Caidic believes there is a lot that he can share as the Philippines gears up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
“Working with the La Salle Green Archers, the Nieto brothers, and others has exposed me to working with this younger generation. I know I still have a lot to give the game and this country,” he said.
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