PBA: Race is on to which SMC team can win a Grand Slam first
Paul Lintag on Jan 22, 2019 08:46 PM
“I tell them it’s just one conference. Get every conference. Sabi ko ang aim niyo dapat is sino maka-Grand Slam sa inyo. Our teams are all level,” — Alfrancis Chua to San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia.
As San Miguel sports director, Alfrancis Chua has perhaps the most high-pressure job in the PBA.
It’s in his job description to make sure all three SMC teams are not only strong enough to compete for championships but he has to make sure that all three SMC teams have the capability to become elite PBA champions.
That’s exactly not the the easiest job out there and it certainly presents to most pressure.
Fortunately for him, the PBA’s 43rd season was a banner year for the San Miguel group as it was the first time in history that all three SMC teams won a title.
The flagship Beermen of San Miguel defended their Philippine Cup title while Ginebra and Magnolia won the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors’ Cup respectively.
By virtue of that accomplishment, Chua was aptly named Executive of the Year by the PBA Press Corps.
“Hanggang ngayon, I never thought or wala sa utak ko na executive ako eh,” Chua said.
“I just talk to the players, the coaches, the managers, the governors of the teams telling them to keep on working hard to develop—na don’t stop, porket nagchampion sila—learning doesn’t stop. Recruiting. At yung mga kailangan ng teams,” he added.
As he looks to somehow top 2018 with even better results, boss Al just reminds the teams under the SMC group to keep their edge and put the work in.
He’ll handle the team-building duties and if there is a deal to be made, Chua will make it happen.
“Siguro nakatulong sakin dito is knowing the game. I’ve been coach for how many years in the PBA. And I can feel ‘yung kailangan ng mga players, mga coach, at nararamdaman ko yung mga problema ng mga coach at kung ano yung mga needs nila ‘cause I was there before,” he said.
“Yung mga players naman, nararamdaman ko rin kung ano nafifeel nila. Saan sila nahihirapan. So every conference na natatapos, I always talk to the coaches, asking them ano pa kailangan nila. And then I’m gonna try my best to trade, to get na makakatulong sa kanila,” Chua added.
After a banner 2018, the marching order now for the Beermen, the Gin Kings, and the Hotshots is to win a Grand Slam.
Of course only one can do that in one particular season. The race is on.
“I tell them it’s just one conference. Get every conference. Sabi ko ang aim niyo dapat is sino maka-Grand Slam sa inyo. Our teams are all level,” Chua said.
“Itong All-Filipino, balikatan to. Sinasabi nila na SMB ang lakas, eh tinalo nga ng Columbian eh. Depende yan eh. Bilog bola. Basta kailangan lang wag silang wag ma-kumpyansa, I keep on telling the players wag kayong ma-kumpyansa sa an mang team na meron tayo. Pag wala na hardwork, tapos na tayo,” he added.
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