PBA: SMB's Cabagnot will always be a coach to Blackwater's Desiderio
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 06, 2019 10:18 PM
Alex Cabagnot was still teaching Paul Desiderio even while the former's San Miguel was facing off with the latter's Blackwater
The mentorship never stops for Alex Cabagnot and Paul Desiderio.
Cabagnot once helped mold Desiderio into a legendary figure for the University of the Philippines and now, the former is still teaching things to the latter – even though they’re now opponents in the PBA.
In fact, Cabagnot continued to give pointers to Desiderio on Wednesday at the MOA Arena as the former’s San Miguel Beermen took on the latter’s Blackwater Elite.
“I tell them to be aggressive. If they have the open shot, take it because I know they’re prepared to take it,” Cabagnot said, referring to Desiderio as well as Diego Dario. “I was telling them, even (when I was on the bench), I was like, be aggressive. Kahit hindi na kami teammates, I want them to do very well talaga.”
For his part, Desiderio was actually still calling Cabagnot “coach.” “You know, nakakailang nga e because they kept saying, ‘Coach!’ Sabi ko, ‘Wag mo naman akong tawaging coach. Nahihiya na nga ako e,’” the San Miguel veteran told reporters.
In their faceoff, Cabagnot was nothing but glad to see things he had taught Desiderio. As he put it, “We do this drill na I put four minutes on the clock then they do one dribble, two dribble, step back and si Paul, he did two dribbles kanina and pump faked.”
He then continued, “Ako pa yung ni-pump fake niya. I think he missed it though, pero going down, I said, 'That's a good move. Good move, good move.' Yun talaga kasi yung dini-drill namin talaga.”
In the end, the Beermen’s court general said that, while he’s happy he and his team got the win, he’s happy as well that his mentees now play in the same league he does. “I know that's bad because I'm playing for San Miguel, pero they have in a special place in my heart talaga,” he said.
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