New KIA coach Ricky Dandan plans to continue Joe Lipa’s ‘unconventional’ basketball philosophy

ByAllan Lim

KIA team manager Joe Lipa

Fresh from being appointed as the new head coach of controversial PBA team KIA Picanto, Ricky Dandan promises to uphold the “unconventional” basketball philosophy of team manager Joe Lipa.

Dandan, who came on board as the Picanto’s lead assistant to former coach Chris Gavina only last November 2, 2017 and just like Lipa is a former coach of the University of the Philippines (UP) in the UAAP, believes that the position-less basketball system espoused by Lipa would greatly benefit the team in its quest to barge once more into the playoffs.

“In terms of basketball philosophy as team manager si coach Joe (Lipa) may gusto siyang philosophy na gustong masunod. Nagagawa naman yun actually ni Chris. Kahit ako naniniwala din sa sistema of playing uptempo and multiple positions for the players,” said Dandan during an interview with

KIA is currently on a 14-game slide, its last victory came via 122-121 overtime decision against Phoenix last May 21, 2017. The team finished without a single win during the 2017 Governors’ Cup, losing all of its 11 games.

Despite starting the season and the conference on back to back defeats, Dandan remains upbeat on the Picanto’s chances but maintains that they have to become a team first before things fall into place.

KIA plunges back into action against the Magnolia Hotshots on January 10.