MOMENTS after he rejoined the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, a team he led to two championships, seven-time PBA champion coach Yeng Guiao is excited on the prospects on coaching new players, including two-time Most Valuable Player James Yap, and his old reliable cagers from the squad like Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga and Jewel Ponferada.
But Guiao immediately tempered expectations in his return to the Elasto Painters.
"I told management to temper their expectations since it's going to take some time to develop the team," Guiao told The Manila Times. "Coach Chris (Gavina) had already laid the foundation there when he was coaching the team and they've been using some of the principles that I've been using right after I left the team to coach NLEX."
"While there's going to be a seamless transition with my inclusion in the Rain or Shine coaching staff, there's going to be an adjustment period just like in any team that has undergone coaching changes. It's not going to be automatic."
Guiao officially rejoined the Elasto Painters on Monday, reuniting with the team he coached from 2011 to 2016 before he was hired by the Road Warriors to become their head coach and general manager.
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Caloy Garcia, his long-time assistant coach, took over as the head mentor of Rain or Shine, but following his promotion as head of basketball operations, he was succeeded by Gavina.
Both Garcia and Gavina will stay on as part of Guiao's coaching staff.
For Guiao, the prospect of coaching Yap, excites him as a coach.
"Of course, I look forward to coaching him," added Guiao, who coached Yap when the veteran bench tactician was appointed head coach of the Philippine team in 2009 and the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. "He's an icon, but I know there are still things that need to be ironed out before he rejoins the team because of his commitments as a public servant."
Guiao truly appreciated Rain or Shine management's gesture of pursuing him right after he became available.
Just a few days ago, Guiao and NLEX had mutually agreed to part ways, ending a partnership that lasted six seasons.
But team owner Raymond Yu, who just returned from his trip from Singapore on Saturday night, immediately called Guiao the morning of the next day and set up a meeting with him right away in the afternoon.
On Monday, he was back as coach of the Elasto Painters.