PBA: Coach Caloy on Norwood: "He's the perfect player for me"

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 05, 2020 04:03 PM
Coach Caloy on Norwood:
"The thing with Gabe is that every team in the PBA would like to have a Gabe Norwood," current ROS coach Caloy Garcia said of Norwood.

One of the more overlooked PBA lifer has to be Gabe Norwood.

In 2008, Norwood was drafted first by the Elasto Painters. It's 2020 now and Gabe remains with the team, still a pivotal part of the Rain or Shine franchise.

"The thing with Gabe is that every team in the PBA would like to have a Gabe Norwood," current ROS coach Caloy Garcia said of Norwood on 2OT.

"He would complement every player. Every team with a Gabe Norwood will probably be a contender," he added.

In his 12-year career in the PBA, Gabe barely gets considered for top individual awards. He hasn't even made the All-PBA 1st team.

He's a fixture for defensive and sportsmanship awards though, and his presence on winning teams are simply undeniable.

Since Norwood became an Elasto Painter, Rain or Shine only missed the playoffs outright thrice.

"You can feel him when you lose games and you can feel him when you win games," Garcia said of Norwood.

"People would say like the problem with Gabe is hindi siya pang-last shot or whatever. He doesn't look for that, he just wants to win. He'd do all the dirty work for you," he added.

Coach Caloy has been with Norwood for pretty much all their PBA careers with ROS. For Garcia, one can say nothing bad to Gabe, the ultimate professional.

"He's the perfect player for me," Garcia said of Norwood. "He's one of the greatest guys I've met."

 

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