During his playing years in the PBA, Pido Jarencio experienced a lot of trade rumors, majority of which were downplayed and squelched due to lack of basis.
So it was not a big deal for Jarencio when rumors started coming out in social media that he’d be replaced as GlobalPort coach by Franz Pumaren.
“Alam mo naman yung mga lumalabas sa social media hindi naman natin pinapansin yan,” Jarencio said. “Nung araw, nung naglalaro ako wala namang social media. Wala kang nababasa. Maganda o pangit ang laro mo, hindi pinaguusapan. Hindi kamukha ngayon mabilis lahat yung nangyayari. Umubo ka lang nalaman na. Yung ubo nito ang daming bacteria. Lalabas agad. Hindi kamukha nung araw kapag umubo ka, sasabihin ah wala yan, puyat lang yan nung nakaraang gabi.”
GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero explained that there’s no truth to the rumors about the Pumaren take over.
“Walang ganun, hindi totoo yun. Hindi ko alam bakit lumabas yun. Pero sinabon ko talaga sila after we lost last time,” said Romero.
According to Romero, it’s normal that coaches are being evaluated, especially when a team is not doing well.
“It’s normal that coaches are being assessed. If they continue on winning, there’s no reason to replace them. But right now, it’s too early to replace Coach Pido and unfair rin naman sa kanya.”
Romero’s previous teams, Harbour Centre and Philippine Patriots established winning reputations in both the PBL and ABL.