A Conversation with Alaska’s Gandalf, Mang Tom

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A Conversation with Alaska’s Gandalf, Mang Tom

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The Alaska Aces have a young head coach in Luigi Trillo. They have a young superstar in Calvin Abueva. They have a young core in RJ Jazul, JVee Casio, Raphy Reyes etc. But they do have some veteran presence, an old sage who has seen decades upon decades of PBA basketball, and no I don’t mean Nic Belasco.

Mang Tom Urbano is Alaska. More than Johnny A, more than Tim Cone, more than that blonde, blue-eyed boy, girl, kid in the milk cans, Mang Tom knows and has been part of everything Alaska. The longtime statsman and their in-house referee, who was one of the brightest, most insightful parts of the hit book Pacific Rims, stopped and talked to me when I ran into the team at the Cebu airport.

SLAM: Mang Tom, kamusta yung import (Robert Dozier)?

Mang Tom: Ayos naman. Magaling. Malakas.

S: So impressed ka?

MT: Ako? Bata, ang tagal ko na sa PBA. Ang dami ko nang nakitang import. Lahat ng yan magaling sa practice. Tignan natin sa laro. Until maglaro siya sa PBA na talaga, di pa natin alam. Di pa ko mai-impress.

S: Eh si Aldrech (Ramos), good fit ba sa inyo?

MT: Yung bata, si Ramos, magaling yan. Ang galing. Ang laki kasi tsaka may shooting.

S: So bagay sa sistema niyo?

MT: Oo, pwede. Pwede.

S: Swerte din kayo sa trade kung ganon, nakuha niyo siya.

MT: Siya ang swerte! Dahil napunta siya samin at marami siyang matututunan. Gagaling siya basta makinig siya sa coaching staff.

S: Ikaw, ano tinuro mo sa kanya?

MT: Maging pogi.

Mang Tom, ladies and gentelemen. Alaska’s best interview subject. Bar none.

Photo c/o firequinito.com

 

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2 Responses to “A Conversation with Alaska’s Gandalf, Mang Tom”

  1. Jowana Balana Bueser

    Mawala na ang lahat sa Alaska, huwag lang si Mang Tom.

    Reply
  2. icko

    mang tom is legen……….dary

    Reply

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