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After coaching first game, Ildefonso says he has no plans of becoming head coach

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After coaching first game, Ildefonso says he has no plans of becoming head coach

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 08:19 PM October 22, 2017

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

There’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.

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.

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And although NU took a 91-83 victory against University of Santo Tomas, Ildefonso knew coaching is far from him.

“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.”

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.

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