Four-time PBA All-Star Rommel Adducul started his coaching role with the Blackwater Elite where his main job is to help improve the team’s big-men.
With his experience playing with the system of coach Bong Ramos which might be one of the main reasons why the former NCAA Rookie of the Year got the job.
Ramos and Adducul played together in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association back in 2001 under the banner of LBC Batangas Blades where they won a championship trophy on the same year.
“Siyempre kasi si coach Bong, since MBA kami, naging coach ko siya. Alam niyang pasok sa sistema niya. ‘Yung ginagawa niya, ‘yun ‘yung ginagawa ko before. Sabi niya sa akin, i-share ko sa kanila ‘yung mga experience ko and at the same time, ‘yung ginagawa ko sa sistema namin sa Blackwater, sine-share ko which is tama naman,” the 42-year-old Adducul said.
Adducul isn’t new in a coaching job, in 2014 he got the same role in the GlobalPort Batang Pier and currently as an assistant coach to Topex Robinson in Lyceum Pirates.
Now that he’s back in the professional league he finds it much easier compared with coaching amateur basketball players.
“Pagdating sa PBA, isang turo mo lang, natututo na sila. Pero kailangan pa rin ng repetition,” said Adducul.
With the departure of Poy Erram who is the Elite’s main man in the middle last season, Adducul’s main role is most likely to bring their remaining frontlines to the next level.
“Siguro ‘yung effort, kailangan magkaroon ng matinding effort. Siyempre, pagdating mo sa PBA, malalaki na katulad nila June Mar Fajardo. Paano mo siya maiistop. Kailangan mo ng effort doon.
“At the same time, natuturuan ko sila sa outside shooting. Ngayon, sa PBA, kailangan na rin ng outside shooting. Before, nung naglaro ako, pag sa loob lang, kailangan sa loob lang ako. Ngayon, tumitira na sa labas. Talagang constant repetition talaga,” said Adducul.