Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, July 31, 2009

With Coach Spo


Wasn't that cool? Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra meeting and exchanging playbooks with Smart Gilas Head Coach Rajko Toroman. Never too old to learn. Even Chot Reyes deferred to Rajko. Unlike some. Tsk. Tsk.

The Serbian has been running the Talk N Text practice for about a month now. The Smart Gilas team -- those who are not in the collegiate leagues - join them too. Nice to catch up with Jayvee Casio, Chris Tiu, Mac Baracael, and Jason Ballesteros. Seeing Sir Bernie Atienza, Coaches Jim, Jude, Djalma, Nash, Aboy, Dennis, and the others. Kahit talo Ateneo sa UP, suportahan taka, Coach Aboy. Screw the haters.

Coach Spo was impressed with Chris Tiu. Great court vision, fundamentals, shooting, and a nifty floater. When I told Chris about it, of course #17 was flattered considering that he is not in great shape! But it was a mighty fine honor.

Nice meeting up with some idols... I grew up reading and still do... Quinito "the Dean" Henson and Mr. Ronnie Nathanielsz who I owe a huge deal for his help on the boxing special I did for Solar Sports... Glory Road.

Watch for the piece and the interview. He hopes that this will be the first of many trips to the Philippines! Hopefully after every NBA season he says.

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