PBA: Sen. Gordon sides with Baldwin, says 'not listening to him is our loss'


Posted at Jun 19 2020 06:51 PM

MANILA -- Senator Richard Gordon took to social media to air his sentiments regarding the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) decision to sanction TNT KaTropa deputy coach Tab Baldwin.

According to Gordon, the league erred in slapping Baldwin with a P75,000 fine and a three-game suspension over his remarks on the league.

"The (PBA's) recent decision to suspend Tab Baldwin and fine him for his comments about the league, its officiating and the country’s local coaches is uncalled for," Gordon said in a series of tweets.

Baldwin has been penalized by the league for bearing his sentiments over the PBA's single-import conferences, which he claimed was detrimental to the growth of Philippine basketball.

This did not sit well with the PBA as well as local coaches, prompting the league to sanction the former national team mentor.

"I think he is one of the finest coaches that ever came in to the Philippines. Our players are good but they need coaching and they need to be disciplined. Not listening to him is our loss," Gordon said.

The senator said Baldwin is such a basketball genius and has worked wonders at Gordon's alma mater Ateneo de Manila University.

"In college coaching, he took over an Ateneo team which just lost 7 key players to academics and transformed this rag tag team into a second-place team in his first year and a champion team in each of the next three years, the last one via an unprecedented sweep," said Gordon, a staunch supporter of the Blue Eagles.

"His formula? Discipline, team offense, team defense, next man up. There are no individual stars on his team as witnessed by the lack of individual awards garnered by the members of his team," he added.
Baldwin has already apologized to the PBA during his meeting with PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, saying his comments were taken out of context.

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

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