Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program director and TNT consultant Tab Baldwin will be penalized for his harsh commentary about the Philippine Basketball Association including its coaches.
But he will be given a chance to air his side when PBA commissioner Willie Marcial meets with him today, Monday.
“Yes. He asked for an audience, and we’ll have it by video conferencing,” said Marcial.
The commissioner’s office is still studying how much fine will be imposed on Baldwin and if he will also be suspended.
Baldwin, who also coaches the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, drew the ire of the league including the coaches when he guested in the podcast of the premiere episode of Coaches Unfiltered.
Baldwin delivered a harsh commentary about the league especially the way it treated imports during the podcast hosted by Charles Tiu, Anton Altamirano and Paolo Layug,
Marcial said they will look into Baldwin’s remarks on the officiating and his words concerning the imports.
“As an industry here, we have one major, major flaw in the basketball landscape of the Philippines and it’s a regulatory flaw and that is that in the PBA, we have three conferences, two of those conferences are a single import conference. This is a big mistake. We should never have a single import playing on a team,” said Baldwin.
He added that the imports are being given some leeway on the league rules.
“Further, we should never have a single import that is given all of the rules latitude that the imports are given here by the referees, and by the administration of the PBA, and I do believe it is by the administration,” said Baldwin.
During the talks, Baldwin also talked about the tactical immaturity among Filipino coaches, and their need to be aware of advancements in the coaching system in Europe.
“So the biggest thing that annoys me, and I think the biggest surprise to me was the tactical immaturity of Philippine basketball coaches. And so what do I mean by that? I mean that that they are significantly unaware of the tactical advancements and the systemic advancements of coaching systems coming out of Europe in particular which, you know, are built on the backs of player development,” said Baldwin during the podcast.
Baldwin believes that there many flaws that needed to be corrected.
“And so our player development here is mature, and our appreciation for tactical advancement and tactical systems is immature. Now, let me explain to you why I think that isn’t necessarily coaches’ fault,” said Baldwin.