2. Filipino fans must believe in the process and trust the system
Another thing that Coach Tab Baldwin has been teaching the ordinary Filipino Basketball fan is to believe in the process of developing players and to trust in his system no matter what. The Filipino basketball fans are result-driven and possess high expectations. They always expect to win every tournament that the Philippine Team will be participating in. Bashers abound after each loss and failed expectations. But reality will tell us that everything cannot be won. There will always be a better team out there.
If you will look at the Ateneo Blue Eagles, they are not the best talent-wise. Yes, they have their leader in the talented Thirdy Ravena, a clever play-maker cum shooter in Matt Nietto, a gentle giant in Isaac Go and a defensive ace and shooter in Adrian Wong among others. However, it’s the player development and the system that’s making them look good to match up gallantly against their presumably superior (pro) opponents (except for Chinese-Taipei’s Team B).
Look at (Big) Mike Nieto. He played as an under-sized center in High School but until last UAAP Season, he was transformed to slide down to the small forward position and developed a sweet shot from beyond the arc.
In his high school playing days at Xavier School, Isaac Go was just a beanpole inside, raw and still undeveloped but under Coach Tab over at Ateneo, Isaac has developed into a modern-day center who can play inside-out and who can deliver a minimum of 10 points, 5 rebounds per outing. Isaac was the hero of their UAAP playoff and championship run and now a member of the National Developmental team who is projected to represent the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup when it co-hosts with Indonesia and Japan in 2023.
Champions and great players aren’t produced overnight and Coach Tab is showing each one of us the process and how it is supposed to be done.