Si Caguioa at ang Plano ng Barangay Ginebra
When Ginebra played its first game this 37th PBA season, Tanquincen utilized Mark Caguioa off the bench. I thought then that the Gins’ “co-coaches” were just trying to limit his minutes due to injury. I believed otherwise when I saw that he had no problem with his movements; he was the same old “Spark” with the funky hair and the mean teardrop. After a few more games I was still looking for reasons why he came off the bench and worse, why he was only playing around 25 efficient minutes. Maybe the coaching staff was just trying to preserve his 32 year-old body (he turns 32 on November 19) for the deep postseason run they expect to make.
NO. Those weren’t the reasons why he was riding the bench. After playing 12 and 19 minutes respectively in two straight losses that put the beloved Barangay Ginebra near the cellar at 3-4, Caguioa was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Tangquincen and Uichico’s biggest fears have just happened. Their so-called “franchise player” has just publicly blasted them for his limited playing time.
It is now obvious what Tanquincen and the whole Ginebra Franchise is trying to do; REBUILD.
(Pasensya na “co-coaches” I’m with Mark Caguioa on this one. I’m about to respectfully BLAST you!)
Wala namang masama sa ginagawa nila. I agree with Coach Siot that every team goes through the rebuilding process, pero are they rebuilding the right way? O baka naman mas magandang tanungin kung dapat ba silang mag-rebuild ngayon or dapat ba silang mag-rebuild at all?
For the past few games, ganito ang itsura ng starting line-up ng Ginebra: Labagala, J. Wilson, Canaleta, W.Wilson, Villanueva. Sa tingin ko they’ve got positions 1, 2 and 3 wrong. Alam ko super inconsistent si Mike Cortez pero isa sa mga malalaking rason kung bakit is he keeps on starting then after a few games bangko na naman. He is the best point guard on the team and is relatively young. He should start instead of Labagala. John Wilson was 1st-Team All-Defense last year, pero sa totoo lang mas magaling ba siya dumepensa kay Ronald Tubid? Kung oo, baka kaunti lang ang angat niya at alam naman nating lahat na mas magaling si Tubid offensively. Hindi lang yan, Tubid represents the attitude of the whole Barangay, matapang, masipag at palaban!
And last but definitely not the least, dapat mag-start si Caguioa and more importantly play at least 32 minutes a game. Depende sa kalaban kung sino ang dapat palitan ni Caguioa; kung teams with length and quickness at the 4-spot ang kalaban nila dapat si Canaleta, kung teams na may malalakas na kwatro, dapat si Willie Wilson. Alam ko puwedeng mali ako diyan pero walang debate na dapat mag-start si Caguioa
Noong 36th season, madalang bumaba sa beinte kung mag-score si Caguioa and more importantly ginawa niya ang lahat at nananalo sila. Somehow hindi pa pababa ang laro niya. Absolutely no coach would put their franchise player who at the same time is the team’s best player without question and who just came off an MVP-type season, off the bench. Kung sa NBA, parang binangko mo si Iverson noong unang salta niya sa Philadelphia.
Kung magpatuloy pa ito, it’s either si Tanquincen and/or si Uichico ang aalis or si Caguioa at ang milyon-milyong fans ng Ginebra. If Tubid represents the attitude of the whole Barangay, Mark Caguioa represents the identity of what Barangay Ginebra is all about. Sa kanya ipinasa ni Jawo ang bola. He was the next enigmatic figure after the greatest basketball player of all-time in the Philippines.
Last year, umabot sila sa Finals sa Commissioner’s Cup at dalawang beses sila nag-semis. Arguably, nasa Top 3 parin sila dapat.
So sa tanong na dapat bang mag-REBUILD ang Barangay Ginebra, ang sagot ko HINDI! Rebuild is not the right term. Sa palagay ko they should just RENOVATE or REFORMAT. Sa palagay ko it is not right to rebuild kung wala kang players to build around. Maraming beses na nabigyan ng tsansa si Canaleta at lalung-lalo na si Intal pero hindi talaga sila magiging franchise players ng Gins. They don’t have the attitude for it. Si Labagala? Si J.Wilson? Seryoso ba kayo? The way I see it, dapat tamang balanse lang ng mga beterano at ni Caguioa kasama ang mga bata nilang players. Yan ang tamang paraan. I think that’s the way for Intal and Canaleta and Co. to achieve proper growth. Dapat matuto sila kasama ang mga mas nakakaalam. Kung papabayaan lang sila, para silang mga batang pinalaki mo na walang magulang, kuya, ate, lolo at lola.
Hindi naman ako Barangay Ginbera fan pero I have been around basketball all my life. Hindi sa pagmamayabang, marami akong alam sa basketball kasi I don’t only watch it, I also analyze it and read about its history. So sinulat ko ito objectively na walang bias.
I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT!!! –Sir Charles and Robi Raya-