By Waylon Galvez
Published: July 20, 2013
As coach Alfrancis Chua made a surprise visit in yesterday’s Barangay Ginebra San Miguel practice session at the Xavier Gym in San Juan, several league sources are saying that it’s a good sign that he may reconsider his earlier decision to step down as the Kings mentor.
Chua, according to a team insider, made the visit on his own without telling management or member of the team.
Ginebra players, led by reigning PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Mark Caguioa, as well as coaching staff, shook hands and some hugged the pony-tailed mentor, who guided the team to the Finals in the Commissioner’s Cup, where they were swept by the Alaska Aces.
“Magandang senyales, sabi nga,” said a team source, who asked not to be named as he is not in authority to speak on behalf of the team. “It’s just a matter of when he will return, pero para dalawin n’ya ang team, it only shows na mahal n’ya talaga ang players and ang team.”
Chua arrived clad in a black T-shirt, in shorts and wearing slippers.
It was last Monday when Chua announced his decision to resign after the team practice.
Caguioa, in a previous interview, said that “knowing him, I know why… It’s the reshuffle,” referring to the coaching “carousel” of Ginebra done by management, particularly initiated – according to sources – by SMC basketball operations consultant Noli Eala.
Ginebra’s coaching staff now has Boycie Zamar of University of the East as well as Jorge Gallent and Ato Agustin, who were transferred from sister-team Petron, as they joined Art dela Cruz and Freddie Abuda.
San Miguel’s President and Chief Operating (COO) Ramon S. Ang, who met Chua last Tuesday and according to sources, the resignation wasn’t accepted. Instead, the company asked him to take a leave of absence.
The other day, SMC announced that Eala has been “reassigned” to the infrastructure businesses of the food and beverage firm.
The third and last conference of the PBA, the Governors’ Cup, is set to start August 14.