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Tab Baldwin's comments draw ire of local coaches' groups

Filipino coaches have voiced their displeasure towards comments made by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program director Tab Baldwin in a recent podcast guesting.

In a statement, Basketball Coaches of the Philippines (BCAP) president Louie Gonzales said Baldwin "underestimated" the capabilities not only of PBA coaches but also of Filipinos in general.

"We are here to protect not just the welfare of the local coaches but also (of) Filipino citizens," he said in the statement. "It is the spirit of nationalism. Hindi naman kami papayag na nasa Pilipinas ka tapos aapihin tayo."

in the premiere episode of Coaches Unfiltered, Baldwin provided a lengthy answer detailing the difference between Philippine basketball compared to other places he has coached in the past. He lamented what he described as the "tactical immaturity" of Philippine basketball coaches.

"I think the thing that probably surprised me the most is also the thing that annoys me the most," Baldwin said in the podcast. "And I don't think that it is absolutely our coaches' fault, which means it's correctable. And I don't even think it's the hierarchy of coaches. The biggest thing that annoys me, and I think the biggest surprise to me, was the tactical immaturity of Philippine basketball coaches."

"If malinis talaga puso mo at gusto mo makatulong, hindi ka magsasalita ng ganun," said Gonzales. "You will be responsible enough for the impact of your words and actions. You are a person in authority so dapat mas doble ingat."

Gonzales, who also serves as Jose Rizal University's head coach, also noted how former national team coach Ron Jacobs never commented on such matters.

"Hindi na nga nagdala ng ibang foreign coaches but instead shared his knowledge with his local Filipino assistant coaches, trained them, and eventually became champion coaches in both local and international competitions," he said.

Hoop Coaches International, a webinar hosted by coach Ariel Vanguardia and the Blackwater Elite, also posted an open letter addressed to Baldwin through their Facebook page.

"It is factual that we aren't at the level of top tier European coaches. But it does not mean that we are not closing the gap and that we do not have coaches that are at that level," it wrote in a lengthy statement. "Filipino coaches love learning as much as we love the game itself and we will not stop until there is no more room to grow."

"We have long believed that a coaching fraternity is built on a foundation of camaraderie and a free exchange of ideas. So, it is disheartening to hear that instead of helping the Filipino coaching community grow towards a higher standard, you saw it fit to put us down," the statement closed.

Baldwin, whom PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said will be penalized in his capacity as TNT KaTropa's assistant coach, has yet to issue a statement.