Jason Webb’s talent recognized

Jason Webb impressed me as a broadcast annotator or analyst of PBA games. He was incisive, almost as good as Andy Jao in recognizing the offensive and defensive strategies of the opposing teams, the adjustments the coaches made, the mismatches between players. He certainly is a couple of notches above the current PBA annotators Dominic Uy and the unexcitable Eric Reyes So, I wasn’t surprised when Purefoods head coach Tim Cone recruited him to be one of his assistant coaches. Now that Tim is moving on to Ginebra, Jason has been chosen as Purefoods head coach over veteran assistant coaches Richard del Rosario and Johnny Abarrientos, unless the two are following Tim to Ginebra.

I wonder how Purefoods stars James Yap, PJ Simon, Marc Pingris, and Joe Devance will react to Jason’s being their coach.

As for Ginebra superstars Jay Jay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa accepting Tim Cone as coach, I see no problem as Tim is the winningest coach in the PBA. However, a problem may arise if Tim does not give Jay Jay and Mark the playing time the two Ginebra legends expect. Jay Jay may not be a problem as he has been spending a lot of time on the bench, sometimes sitting out whole games. Mark may be a problem. The triangle offense, which Tim would surely tell the Gin Kings to learn, didn’t suit Caguioa’s brand of basketball as shown when Jeffrey Cariaso, a disciple of Tim Cone and therefore an exponent of the triangle offense, coached Ginebra..

Besides, I tend to think Cone will try to revamp the team, recruiting young players who can learn the triangle offense quickly, retiring Jay Jay and perhaps appointing Mark as manager in the same way Alvin Patrimonio and Jimmy Alapag have been designated managers of the only teams they played for and led to many championships. I foresee the slow-footed Greg Slaughter spending more time on the bench, maybe even being traded for future top draft picks.


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