PBA All-Interview Team: The Best of coach Yeng Guiao

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 31, 2020 11:56 AM
PBA All-Interview Team: The Best of coach Yeng Guiao
Coach Yeng will most definitely not hesitate using his words to make his feelings known.

Much like on-court performances, some PBA personalities are just better than others when it comes to how they address and carry themselves with the media.

Each year, the PBA Press Corps fills out the All-Interview Team, PBA personalities who consistently give out quotable quotes.

More than the soundbytes however, winners of the All-Interview team are five players and a head coach that always take time out of their busy schedule to make themselves available for the Press Corps.

There's also a head coach for the 2019 PBA All-Interview team and it's none other than Yeng Guiao. Here's the best of last season from the fiery NLEX mentor.


“Puro foul language daw eh dati naman akong ganyan."

[Related: PBA: Coach Yeng’s latest ejection becomes blessing in disguise for NLEX]

Coach Yeng will most definitely not hesitate using his words to make his feelings known.

Early last season, during what looked like a bad loss to the Alaska Aces, coach Yeng was so irate he got himself ejected before the first half was over.

However, the ejection turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as his Road Warriors became fired up and ended up coasting to a 21-point win.

The reason for his pair of technical fouls this time? Good ol' profane languange the official records say.


"Kung destiny natin, destiny natin."

[Related: FIBA: 10 years later, Coach Yeng finally lives World Cup dream]

Coach Yeng's words can apply to a lot of things, but when he uttered these to this writer, he was talking about the World Cup.

Ten years after his first try ended in defeat, Coach Yeng finally realized his World Cup dream.

It wasn't easy to say the least.

On his way to China with Gilas Pilipinas, Coach Yeng first filled in and eventually replaced previous coach Chot Reyes. With their bid hanging in the balance, Gilas won its final game and eventually advanced after getting some timely help from South Korea.

Guiao's team in the World Cup didn't win a single game, but the journey going there was so special coach Yeng considers it to be the highlight of his coaching career.



"So far, genius pa naman."

[Related: PBA: “Genius” NLEX won’t say no to no. 1 spot]

After resigning as head coach of Gilas Pilipinas, Coach Yeng went to work with his NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Governors' Cup.

The team was doing well, with longtime import Olu Ashaoulu and the returning Kiefer Ravena.

At 4-1 however, NLEX made a big move and replaced Olu with former NBA player Manny Harris. It was a gamble to say the least.

The early returns were promising, with NLEX sustaining its winning ways and Harris' first three games being 40 points, 40 points, and a triple-double performance.

The Road Warriors took the no. 1 seed with Harris, but they would get bounced in the first round of the playoffs, unfortunately.


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