MANILA, Philippines – Criticism is part of the job – at least that’s what Jason Webb is learning to accept.
The Star Hotshots coach shrugged off those who questioned his leadership, which has intensified after Star hit rock bottom with a 3-game skid to start the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. (READ: In trying times, Pingris admits missing old mentor Cone)
The dark clouds cleared up a bit after the Hotshots blew out the Blackwater Elite, 122-103, on Wednesday, February 24 for the team’s first win of the conference.
“You gotta live with it. It’s better for the team to have high expectations than have none, then at least you have something to strive for,” Webb said after all cylinders clicked for his team from import Denzel Bowles down to the locals.
The rookie coach, who took over for the Grand Slam-winning franchise before this season, went on to share how he sees critics, especially online.
“That’s the beauty when you have unlimited Internet. Then you can become a critic all you want. But at the end of the day it’s about us,” he explained.
“It’s about the coaching staff, my team and management. We’re the ones that are gonna have to perform. We don’t care how much load you have on your phone, or how much Internet you have. It doesn’t matter. Because you’re not gonna be playing.
“The critics are not gonna be playing. It’s our guys and coaches that are gonna be the ones that have to make the decisions.”
Webb has been in hot water this conference as fans tried to decipher what went wrong with a once proud championship contender. Star barely made it to the playoffs last conference with a 4-7 record and was ultimately booted out in phase 1 of the quarterfinals.
But on Wednesday, Star played better as they tallied a team total of 30 assists and Bowles led the way with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Allein Maliksi also had 23 points off the bench.
Despite a bit of sunlight, the Hotshots are still toiling near the bottom of the standings with a 1-3 record and a long and bumpy road ahead of them. They will be looking to gain momentum when they face rival Barangay Ginebra on Sunday, February 28.
“We don’t have a choice,” he said of critics. “It’s just the way it is. Pag panalo ka magaling ka, pag talo ka you’re gonna be ostracized.” (When you win you’re praised, when you lose you’re gonna be ostracized.)
Star Hotshots coach Jason Webb talks about his team's first win in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup Posted by Jane Yvette Bracher on Wednesday, 24 February 2016