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Raymond Almazan, coach Caloy Garcia to sort things out
Rain or Shine will have another round of meeting with troubled player Raymond Almazan next week, but this time with coach Caloy Garcia present.
A face-to-face meeting between Garcia and Almazan became necessary after the controversial big man told Rain or Shine management about his on-and-off relationship with his former college coach.
“Para magkalinawan, paghaharapin na lang si coach Caloy and Raymond, magsabi sila kung ano yung mga hinaing, tapos hanapan ng solusyon,” said Espiritu.
But he admitted the ball is definitely in the court of Rain or Shine management.
“Siyempre sila ang magdedesisyon diyan,” he said, “So it all depends on how the meeting will go.”
Almazan stays with Rain or Shine, but won't rejoin the team for the remainder of season
RAYMUND Almazan stays with Rain or Shine, but will no longer suit up in the team's last three outings in the PBA Governors Cup.
Almazan and his mother ballclub threshed out their differences on Monday after both parties met over lunch at the company head office in Pasig.
No less than co-team owner Raymund Yu was on hand to talk with the 29-year-old center, who was with his agent Danny Espiritu and wife Liza.
Also present were team governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon and coach Caloy Garcia, who's reported misunderstanding with Almazan led to the big man going 'AWOL' in the team's last six outings in the season-ending meet.
Yu described the incident between the player and coach as a case of 'miscommunication,' which saw Almazan skipped practices and the Elasto Painters' last six outings.
The team executive urged Almazan and Garcia to already move forward and leave everything behind.
Almazan though, has been told not to suit up in the Elasto Painters' last three games against Phoenix, San Miguel, and NLEX, but is expected to report back for the team's practices by the time Rain or Shine begins preparing for the league's next season starting November.
Rain or Shine hurt its playoffs chances after suffering back-to-back losses against Columbian Dyip and Meralco in a three-day span. It currently occupies ninth place in the standings with a 2-6 record.
Will Rain or Shine vs NLEX be the farewell game for Chris Tiu?
WILL it be the end of the road for Chris Tiu when Rain or Shine plays its final game of the season on Saturday in the PBA Governors Cup?
All signs point to Tiu hanging up his sneakers when the Elasto Painters, fittingly enough, battle former coach Yeng Guiao and NLEX in the curtain raiser of a post-Halloween doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With a 2-8 record, the Elasto Painters are already out of the running for a place in the quarterfinals of the season-ending conference.
Tiu, who won a championship with RoS in the 2016 Commissioner's Cup and was part of the team's four other finals stint, had hinted in the past about walking away from the game he loves most by the time Rain or Shine ends its campaign in the league’s 43rdseason.
The former Ateneo star, who has played his entire six-year pro career for Rain or Shine since being picked by the franchise in the first round of the 2012 rookie draft (7th overall), has a contract that expires at the end of the season and he hasn’t sat down with team management for a possible renewal.
Co-team owner Raymund Yu said the 33-year-old Tiu, also a well-known host and TV personality, has not talked about his plans yet, although he has long told management about possible retirement as early as the season-opening Philippine Cup.
“I think so,” Yu replied when asked if the game with the Road Warriors will be Tiu’s last with the franchise and in the league.
“Tagal ng nakaplano, e,” he added.
Longtime PBA cheerleader Jun Nuestro, known around the league as ‘Sharon,’ said Tiu already told members of his fans club ‘Tiunatics’ to have a photo with him shortly after the game against NLEX.
“Nung practice nila kanina (Friday), kinausap niya na kami na after the game, magpakuha kami ng picture sa kanya,” Sharon said.
“Grupo daw kami ng mga fans niya na kasama niya sa photo,” added the transgender cheerleader, who felt a bit sad about Tiu’s planned retirement as it comes two days before Sharon celebrates her own birthday.
If he does retire, at least Tiu will be going out at the top of his game.