The five types of fashionable head coaches you'll meet in the Philippines
Paul Lintag on Dec 12, 2017 04:41 PM
Jimmy Alapag is one of the five types of fashionable head coaches you'll meet in the Philippines.
It has been quite a year for fashion in Philippine basketball.
With guys like Terrence Romeo in the PBA and Thirdy Ravena in the amateur ranks, players are making statements both on and off the court.
However, player fashion is nothing new and the biggest surprise most definetely is the way coaches are getting in on this trend of making sure their respective #OOTDs are on point.
While not all coaches have embraced this movement --- at least not yet --- and some still prefer the rather safe team polo shirt and pants combo, some are starting to push it.
Here, we introduce to you the five types of fashion coaches you see in Philippine basketball.
The Cool Tito
The term "tito" has turned into a joke nowadays. Mostly bad jokes.
But come on, what's wrong with being a tito anyway? One can be a cool tito. A cool tito like Franz Pumaren of the Adamson Falcons and the Globalport Batang Pier (okay, no Batang Pier since he took a leave of absence there).
Coach Franz has been sporting the cool tito look for years now. A genius head coach that goes to games in sharp patterned polos, a nice fitted pair of pants, and a pair of sneakers if he's feeling it, Pumaren is definitely not your ordinary tito.
He's a cool tito, one that even makes Korean finger hearts if you're brave enough to ask him.
The Swaggy One
Whatever happened to Manong Derrick Pumaren?
You know what, let's not answer that question because it doesn't matter. What matters is coach Pumaren's seemingly overnight transformation into a streetwear style icon.
In a UE season that was full of disappointment, Manong Derrick was one shining star for the Red Warriors.
Seriously, just look at him. He's barking instructions from the sidelines and drawing plays on the bench while wearing sweaters, red hoodies, denim jackets, red cuffed pants, white cuffed pants, and sneakers.
If Manong Derrick can show some ankles, you can too. This must be what Kim Bok-Joo meant when she said "Swaaaaag!"
The Action Star
Take a look at La Salle coach Aldin Ayo and you'll immediately see that he can pass as an action star from the 1990s or something.
Not to say that Ayo is a terrible person, no, no, and another no. He just has that look.
From his bulging biceps that routinely punish his La Salle polo shirts to his sly smirk that is kontrabida-esque, Aldin Ayo just has that look of an action star.
And then he's added black and red Ralph Lauren shirt to the mix to go along with his matching Gucci belt and shoes. Somebody cast coach Ayo to a movie or something because we'll watch that for sure.
When you think about fashionable basketball coaches in the Philippines, who immediately comes to mind?
That's right, it's Vincent "Chot" Reyes. You can't talk about fashion among basketball coaches without mentioning about Chot Reyes.
Sure, coach Chot's colorful outfits from his PBA days are long gone but he's still a sharp dresser as the chief mentor for Gilas Pilipinas.
From the appropriate Comme Des Garcons polos (hashtag Puso) from around 2013 to a more simple, but custom, Nike polos in 2017, coach Chot is still setting trends on the sidelines.
The Best Dressed
Right now, the best dressed head coach in the Philippines is Alab's Jimmy Alapag and it only took him one game to claim that title.
Clad in a full suit in his coaching debut, Alapag not only made a personal statement but he made a team one as well.
He is, after all, a professional head coach for a professional basketball team. Sometimes, looking good is half the battle.
And while coach Jimmy (still sounds a little weird, right?) ditched the full suit for his second pro game, he still looked pretty sharp to be honest.
Everyone should take notes from coach Jimmy in terms of sideline fashion really. Something about a well-fitted suit just looks amazing. Or, you can always go a different route like the other four coaches here. Fashion is subjective anyway, you just have to be confident enough.
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