Gilas Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin has been removed from his concurrent role as consultant and assistant coach for the TNT KaTropa in the PBA.
The breaking development was first reported by Spin.ph on Thursday, or less than two weeks after the league slapped the 62-year old American/New Zealander with a ₱75,000 fine along with a 3-day suspension for issuing comments deemed as detrimental to the league.
TNT, one of the three teams of the MVP group in the PBA along with the NLEX Road Warriors and the Meralco Bolts, has already informed the league through a letter of its decision to cut ties with the former national team mentor.
The team, however, did not cite any reason behind the move which came after Baldwin criticized the league’s one-import policy and apparent leniency on foul assessment on foreign players.
Aside from tirades against the PBA, the three-time UAAP champion coach also branded local basketball coaches as ‘tactically immature’ and called out FIBA for its ‘criminal’ eligibility rules.
Despite his ouster, Baldwin is still connected with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and is in charge of the national squad’s build-up and preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup which is set in the country from August 25 to September 10.