It felt pretty sad to hear the news that the AirAsia Philippine Patriots, one of two Philippine teams currently competing in the ASEAN Basketball League, has terminated the services of legendary PBA import Billy Ray Bates as their skills coach. Not really surprising, but sad nonetheless.
In a statement, Patriots manager Erick Arejola said they had no choice but to give Bates the pink slip due to "repeated misconduct and acts detrimental to the team and to the league."
Bates blew into town in October last year to attend his PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was his first visit to the country since last suiting up as an import in 1988. That last tour of duty, with Ginebra, didn't end well; he was out of shape and cut after four games. Sadly, it looks like this last stint of his will end in similar infamy.
I guess many local basketball fans, especially those of us who are old enough to have watched Bates utterly dominate the PBA in 1983, were kind of hoping this would work out,Read More »from End of the road for Bates?