Cone ‘guilty’ sa paglayas ni Manuel
Ni Ray Mark Patriarca
NANGHIHINAYANG si Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone sa maagang pagreretiro sa PBA ng kanyang player na si Jett Manuel.
Pakiramdam ni Cone, isang dahilan ang hindi niya pagbibigay ng mahabang playing time sa 26-anyos na produkto ng University of the Philippines (UP).
“I think the regret is I didn’t give him enough playing time so he can feel good about his career. Maybe his parents didn’t get a good chance to feel good about his career. When you get a guy like that, it makes you sick that you didn’t get him that opportunity,” pakli ni Cone.
Sa kabila nito, proud ang bench tactician sa desisyon ni Manuel.
“I was shocked to find out. He said he needed to go and he wasn’t secured with his future here and he felt he needed to go with his future right away and take advantage of his engineering degree,” saad ni Cone.
“A lot of basketball players get so locked into their career but they don’t prepare themselves to do anything else. And the fact that he went to school and he did well in school and got his degree, he has the opportunity to be a top-flight engineer, which he will because he’s a very disciplined kid. We knew that from him being here. We’re sad about the idea, but I’m proud of him for making that decision.”
Si Manuel ay isang lisensyadong civil engineer, nagtapos ng pag-aaral sa University of the Philippines noong 2016.
Kinuha siya bilang ng Ginebra noong 2017 rookie draft ngunit hindi madalas magamit dahil na rin sa loaded lineup ng koponan at naging isa sa mga bagay na pinanghihinayangan ni Cone.