Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo revealed that Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin remains confined in intensive care unit since being rushed to the hospital on Friday evening.
The 61-year-old was brought to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, after reporting he felt weak in the middle of the Blue Eagles’ practice at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Quezon City.
“Yes. He’s still in the ICU for close monitoring,” said Quimpo on Saturday moments after Ateneo’s 103-86 win over PBA club team TNT KaTropa in a tuneup game at the same venue.
Quimpo said that stress has taken its toll on Baldwin, who’s been juggling three jobs in the last two months.
Besides being the chief bench tactician of the Blue Eagles, Baldwin is also the program director of Gilas Pilipinas Men. He also serves as an assistant coach to Mark Dickel in the KaTropa.
The American-Kiwi coach has never missed any of those teams’ practices.
“The diagnosis was really stress. Over-fatigue. ‘Yun pa lang eh. We would want to think na sana ma-discount na ‘yung mga mild stroke and all that,” said the amiable executive.
“The stress level was really a factor. I’d say because of what everything has been happening around him, especially basketball. Hopefully, if it clears out, he will be [discharged] next week.”
All three teams that Baldwin handles have their calendars filled for the coming weeks, but Quimpo said that their main concern now remains the full recovery of the world-renowned coach.
“The real priority is to be cleared of everything. Vitals would be normal. Sana, wala nang problema,” he said.
“Hopefully, in the next few days, it would be light for him, especially his recovery. He actually turned off his phone. He also doesn’t want visitors because he really wants to recover as fast as he can.”