It’s hard for someone of Ildefonso’s caliber to feel any pressure inside a basketball court, but that happened on Sunday when he subbed in for the suspended Jamike Jarin as National University’s head coach in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And although NU took a 91-83 victory against University of Santo Tomas, Ildefonso knew coaching is far from him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I really don’t have any ambition to be a head coach,” said Ildefonso in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Honestly, coaching’s not for me.”“Coach Jamike knows it but he told me that I wasn’t exactly geared for that path. But let’s see. Only God knows where I’ll end up.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NU trailed, 43-40, at the end of the first half and it was in the first 20 minutes of the game that Ildefonso looked rattled, a far cry from his days as the PBA’s Demolition Man.“During the first half I was really nervous, being a player is really different from being a coach. As a player, I immediately knew what to do with a ball, but as a coach there are so many players that you have to look at. And you also have to look at your opponents.”NU’s captain Matt Salem may have given Ildefonso a “10 over 10” mark in the legendary player’s debut as head coach, the San Miguel icon humbly gave himself a less impressive grade.“To be honest, as a coach I’ll give myself a really low grade,” said Ildefonso.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE continues resurgence, beats UP Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no need for any argument that Danny Ildefonso is one of the greatest Filipino basketball players of all time.Ildefonso is a two-time PBA MVP, eight-time PBA champion and is a five-time Best Player of the Conference, tied with his student June Mar Fajardo atop that list.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The truth has come out at last, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s positive support to the national Amputee Lone Star should bring the message home to all.The message is: she celebrates with the victors and not those who continue to embarrass her with disappointing results. President Sirleaf recently made a donation of a 22-seater bus to the Amputee Lone Star.It was the president’s appreciation for the team’s numerous victories against other countries in football competitions.In her last address to the nation, President Sirleaf chose, watch my word, deliberately chose to ignore the national team.However, she commended the Amputee Lone Star for winning its version of the African Cup of Nations in Kenya.So this Sunday, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, the national soccer team, Lone Star will host The Crocodiles of Lesotho, in their first leg encounter and if successful after the second leg in Maseru, will join Group C of the Afcon 2015 qualifying rounds sometime in September.Though Lesotho is not known much in the African football, the team cannot be overlooked. Sadly, it seems that while Lone Star had 11 days to prepare, and while ‘lack of funds’ has been the culprit to have helped to bring home several of our professional players abroad, FA Boss Musa Bility cried on national radio about the Liberian government’s lack of interest in the national team.Interestingly, Bility should have known it the moment President Sirleaf ignored the national team in her last annual message to the nation.It is correct to state here that if the national team wants the president’s support in every way, then this Sunday should be the beginning of a new direction.It means that on this Sunday against The Crocodiles of Lesotho, the Lone Star must win.I am convinced that President Sirleaf has not ignored the national team because she does not believe in the players. She is unhappy because previous efforts to help the team to soar did not go as expected, and the team’s losses may have affected the president’s national transformation agenda.If that is not the case, how else the president’s cold shoulder towards the national team should be understood.But for eleven days and a team that has not played any test match to sharpen its winning edges against Lesotho, it makes it a total challenge for the handlers, as well as the players of the national team to, maybe find their way through.Excitedly, Jr. Lone Star went through the same experience and managed to come up with flying colors, though narrowly. It is a record that the senior Lone Star must follow.But my last question is: what can crocodiles do to the stars on the moon? Let Lone Star show Lesotho the answer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)