Eye-opener for NLEX Coach

NLEX Road Warriors head coach Boyet Fernandez just had an experience that made him realize why learning coaching techniques is an ongoing process regardless of the number of titles a coach has won.

Last week, Fernandez came back from a two-day coaching seminar in Las Vegas called “Coaching U Live,” where the likes of New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland spoke about their respective expertise.

But what inspired Fernandez the most was when he saw the PBA’s most successful coach and incoming Brgy. Ginebra guru Tim Cone attending the seminar.

“It gave me a satisfaction na tama ‘yung decision ko na mag-seminar kasi kung ‘yung winningest coach ng PBA andu’n, dapat siguro mas lalo akong magpunta du’n,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez said seeing Cone in that seminar gave him enough reason to work harder and continue to find more coaching techniques to improve his skills.

“Siyempre, Tim Cone na ‘yun na nakita mo attending a coaching seminar. It only shows na it is not enough na as a former player dumaan ka sa mga champion coaches kung gusto mong magkaroon ng coaching career,’ said Fernandez.

Fernandez, who celebrated his 44th birthday yesterday, played under champion coaches Norman Black, Ryan Gregorio and Cone and was even considered by former National team head coach Ron Jacobs as the league’s best back-up point guard.

Fernandez, meanwhile, thanked the support of NLEX management, led by team governor Ramoncito Fernandez, alternate governor Rod Franco and team manager Ronald Dulatre for allowing him to attend the seminar.

GUIAO ON TIU. Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao believes third-year guard Chris Tiu has more reason to continue his PBA career.

This was the reaction of Guiao when asked about the future of Tiu, who is said to be contemplating on retiring from playing professionally.

Guiao said Tiu can still be of help to his team despite submitting supposed measly averages of 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his three-year PBA career.

The numbers, Guiao insists, do not reflect the kind of improvement the former Ateneo standout has been doing specifically in last season’s Governors’ Cup.

“Nakukuha na niya laro niya lalo na last conference. He has been contributing to the team at ‘yun ang pinanghihinayangan ko,” said Guiao “Bakit naman siya magreretire kung kalian gumaganda ang laro niya?”

Guiao actually gave Tiu quality minutes during the most crucial moments of their semis series opposite eventual champion San Miguel Beer during the season-ending tournament.

The 57-year-old Guiao still saw a lot of potentials despite crucial lapses by Tiu in that Final Four showdown against San Miguel.

“I have trust in his ability, intelligence and judgment so you allow for those things which can happen to anybody. I would rather have it happen sa isang tao na alam mo naman na yung chances of making a mistake is less than somebody else,” said Guiao.

The 30-year-old Tiu was Rain or Shine’s 7th pick overall during the 2012 Rookie Draft, where the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva and Alex Malalri were his batchmates.

Meantime, Tiu recently released a statement that denied reports he has already made up his mind about ending his PBA career.

“I initially intended to play in the PBA for just one contract period, but now I’m reconsidering because I never thought I would enjoy playing basketball this much in this level,” said Tiu “I’ve been learning a lot and it’s only recently that I’ve really been able to adjust and get my confidence and rhythm going somewhat.”

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