Multi-titled coach Jong Uichico is known for running a deliberate, half court set that has produced many championships for San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra.
With Talk N Text, Uichico had to adjust to a lot of things – managing his personnel and employing a new system. “We’re still running the dribble drive. We’re just trying to improve on it,” Uichico told Tiebreaker Times. “I’ve been here for two weeks. Although I expected more, we just have to see what we can correct and grow as the days go on.”
Uichico admitted that he’s still adjusting to the kind of players he has, who are different from those he coached previously. “It’s just that the players I have now cannot run my system. The system that I ran with San Miguel is different. What I ran in San Miguel is different, what I ran in Ginebra is different. I don’t have one system. I adjust to the players I have,” said Uichico.
“That’s the problem, I couldn’t adjust to them at this time because game preparation na kami. We didn’t have the chance to do scrimmage with other teams so we need to have the proper adjustments.”
Uichico is one of the most successful coaches in PBA history, winning eight championships since starting his head coaching career in 1999. He has served in different capacities as head coach of the national team in 2002 Asian Games, 2013 Southeast Asian Games, as deputy coach to Norman Black in 1994 Asiad, Chot Reyes in the 2007 and 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, and 2014 World Cup and Asian Games also on the same year.