Limpag: Manny : coach of all trades, master of one

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


NO ONE should stop you from pursuing a dream, right? Especially in sports. Just check the number of feel-good movies about thirty-somethings who face all sorts of odds just to pursue a dream.

That’s why some of those who back his move say there’s nothing wrong with Manny Pacquiao pursuing his basketball dreams. It’s his right, of course.

As for me, if Manny can play basketball, I really don’t care if KIA Motors names him the head coach or the starting center of their PBA team, but someone should remind the part-time congressman of the job he was elected to do.

The congressman who racked up the most absences in 2013 said juggling basketball and boxing is all about time management.

Bravo.

That’s coming from a guy who’s has long been known to be notoriously late for most of his engagements--even before he became a congressman. I remember the 2011 SAC-SMB sports awards, when Manny was our guest and we had to start the event because we weren’t sure when the boxer would come.

Yep, time management from a guy who, according to one paper, missed 60 out of 168 sessions in Congress last year. (Of course, his supporters will say, they elected him not to make laws but to “help people.”)

What’s his basketball background? Well, it’s true that Manny plays basketball a lot and has even had stints as a player and a coach in Liga Pilipinas. I can’t say much of his coaching stint, but you have to ask--what would you do if the guy who owns your team who happens to be a famous boxer suddenly asks to take over the headcoaching job or asks to play point? Would you say no or say, “Sure! We need you and you can do it!”

That’s his basketball background in Liga Pilipinas.

Most of the PBA pros and coaches haven’t said anything negative about his impending stint but if you’re a sports figure, would you really say something nasty about another figure’s ambition?

Let Manny pursue his dream.

No one should stop you from pursuing a dream, right? It’s your dream.

But then again, there are dreams and there are dreams. There’s a reason why folks say, “Wake up!”

Let Manny pursue his hoops dreams. Perhaps the hardcourt would knock some sense into him.

(mikelimpag@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 12, 2014.

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