IF THERE IS NO BASKETBALL IN HEAVEN, I AM NOT GOING.
Will Romero hire him? I wouldn't know, but the key person is Gary David. If Romero wants to retain David, then Perasol would have to be retained, even if it's for a short-term basis. But if Romero offers David to the highest taker, then expect Perasol to be Ateneo's coach next season. I surmise short-term simply because he might be used for the interim during the transition phase and allow the coaches that Romero prefers - whether it's Junel Baculi, Jorge Galent or Glenn Capacio.
I'll see if I can find out about Perasol's contract...
Perasol has a one-year contract with Powerade which was renewed after the AFC. His renewal was simultaneous to the contract extension given to Gary David where he was given the maximum P420k a month contract. That means Perasol is obligated to Global Port until March or April next year.
Here's the thing though - Mikee Romero prefers someone who he has worked with in the past to handle his team. Enter Junel Baculi. Baculi still has a one-year contract with Barako but then, there's actually no difference since Barako and Global Port are financed by the same person. Hence, the likelihood is Perasol would go to Ateneo, Baculi would go to Global, and Bong Ramos would take over Barako. Ramos is Baculi's assistant coach at present with the Energy.
I have no idea how much Ateneo offered Perasol. It's definitely not as much as the Norman Black contract rumored to be in the vicinity of P1M a month but it's also a slight increase from what he recently renewed with Powerade. Chances are Perasol and Global would part amicably so that Perasol can go to the Blue Eagles and Romero will have his preferred coach in the bench.
If Coach handling the Ateneo's senior basketball program come to fruition.. it will be life changing for Perasol not in the material scheme of things but in other aspect in life....He DESERVES it after all the doubts have given to him by his detractors including yours truly..
Is it true that Romero's Global Port bought Powerade franchise for almost a 100mil!!!
Not only does God play dice, but sometimes he throws the dice where we can’t see them.
1. The most obvious is that this team is still star-laden. They have arguably the best player in the PBA today in Gary David who has led the league in scoring for 3 straight seasons already. They also have ROY runner-up JVee Casio, a young inside banger in Sean Anthony, a former ROY in Rabeh Al-Husseini, among others. This team, while not exactly the most talented in the league, is probably in the middle-tier, not as talent-laden as Petron, TNT, BGK, or B-Meg, but definitely better than Air 21 and to some extent, Barako and Alaska. They're in the middle of the pack, lined up with teams like ROS and Meralco.
2. Powerade's franchise was supposed to have been sold to the San Miguel Group as part of the latter's right of first refusal arrangement when SMC turned over the PBA franchise to the Atlanta-based company back in 2005. It would interest everyone how Global Port was able to "snatch" this franchise from SMC when even the MVP Group couldn't outwit the conglomerate in PBA dealings. Hence, don't be surprised if Mikee Romero is merely a "puppet" here, a figurehead but isn't actually the one in charge of running the financial affairs of this team. Assuming the Powerade franchise was sold to SMC as indicated in a document signed by the CEO of Coke Philippines, the cost of the franchise was already P100M.
3. There's no way Romero can raise that amount. Everything that was being rationalized by the PBA Board about Romero's spending P50M to P80M in the ABL is pure hogwash. The one who financed the Philippine Patriots was Stephen Fernandez of Air Asia Philippines. Romero simply allowed his Philippine Patriots team to be used by Air Asia so long as the latter would finance its participation. What would interest everyone further is who Romero's partner at the North Harbor. It used to be MVP. Now? It's RSA. And we all know there are only a few businessmen with basketball interest who can afford to pay P100M. MVP is one of them. RSA is another.
4. If Casio is released to a SMC team later on in the season, then you know what gives. Say what you want to say about Romero's passion for the game but he doesn't hold the purse strings of his franchise. Hence, this will unofficially became the sixth PBA team of the SMC Group.