NorthPort owner says ‘guest’ Tab Baldwin has no right to question PBA integrity

Gilas Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin has been on the hot seat lately, mainly for remarks he made during a guesting gig on the premiere episode of the podcast Coaches Unfiltered.

The 62-year old American/New Zealander drew the ire of PBA officials after he said that the league’s single-import policy is a big mistake and that imports are being given preferential treatment by the referees.

The Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP), through its president Louie Gonzales, were also up in arms over Baldwin’s claim that local basketball coaches are ‘tactically immature’.

Joining the list disgruntled officials is NorthPort Batang Pier team owner and Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero (1Pacman Partylist).

“PBA has been very successful since the beginning so he can’t destroy our history in basketball. Despite this pandemic, the PBA will continue to grow and sustain its popularity among Filipinos because we love the game, we love the PBA,” stressed the former league chairman.

“As a guest in the country, he has no right to question the format, much more the integrity of the league and its officials,” he added.

Romero also took offense on the former national team mentor’s assessment of local coaches.

“For me, it sounds like racism. While he helped steer Ateneo to UAAP championships, he’s not entitled to underestimate the capabilities of our local coaches,” he said.

Baldwin, who piloted New Zealand to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, has since reached out to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial in a bid to smoothen things out.

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