Tab Baldwin clears air with PBA


Posted at Jun 15 2020 06:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Ateneo de Manila University coach Tab Baldwin got the opportunity to explain himself to Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Willie Marcial, after his recent comments caused a furor in the local basketball community.

Baldwin, appearing on the "Coaches Unfiltered" podcast, said he was "surprised and annoyed" by the "tactical immaturity" of Philippine coaches when he first came to the country, but made it clear that this was not the fault of the coaches themselves.

He also expressed his belief that the one-import conferences in the PBA is a detriment to local coaches and players who are not given the chance to display their full talents in favor of maximizing the imports' instead.

Baldwin drew the ire of several local coaches, with San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio, and NorthPort team manager Bonnie Tan all hitting out against the Ateneo mentor.

On Monday, Baldwin spoke with Marcial via video conference, with deputy commissioner Eric Castro and PBA legal counsel Atty. Melvin Mendoza also on the call.

According to a report on the PBA website, Baldwin told Marcial that his comments were taken out of context.

"I feel bad that has happened, and that is not my attention," Baldwin was quoted as saying.

According to the report, Baldwin was apologetic to Marcial, who had previously said that the TNT assistant coach may face sanctions for his statements that were "detrimental to the league."

The 62-year-old Baldwin also serves as the program director for the Philippine national team program. Before taking on the Ateneo head coaching post, he led Gilas Pilipinas to a silver medal in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. A veteran of international basketball, Baldwin steered New Zealand to the 2004 Olympic Games.

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