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Byrd makes final call over La Salle head coach Gian Nazario


La Salle active consultant Jermaine Byrd finally got a taste of what UAAP is like, and he sure had a hell of an experience especially that his first task in hand was against the archrival Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Although the Green Archers suffered a 69-81 beating, the former G-League coach was still amazed on what he saw on both sides, considering that this is his first UAAP stint.

“It was fun. I mean I’m being honest. It was amazing,” he said.

“I can’t wait to play (Ateneo) again but I’m not gonna fast forward. I’m gonna worry about Wednesday but it was fun. It was everything and more that I thought it would be. It was amazing.”

Indeed, it was the 39-year-old mentor who tried his best to outcoach Ateneo’s Tab Baldwin all throughout the game, as he call the shots for the Archers.

When asked on who makes the final call for the team Houston native admitted that it is him who still has the final say over La Salle head coach Gian Nazario, but he made clear they do things together.

“Me, to be honest. That’s why whether we win or lose, at the end of the day I know who takes the blame or credit,” Byrd shared.

“Thank God that Coach Gian is an amazing guy. He doesn’t have an ego, I don’t have an ego. We really do work together.”

Although the UE Red Warriors also have a similar relationship in terms of the coach-active consultant set-up, Byrd and Nazario make sure that they always see eye to eye especially that the former still needs to have a better feel on how the league usually runs.

“I run everything through him (Coach Gian). He helps me, and I’m new here with all the rules and timeouts. Everything is new to me, but he’s been amazing to me,” Byrd testified.

Coach Gian also find their unique relationship pretty good, and he thinks that they are a “good tandem”.

“We’re a good tandem. He listens to me, and I listen to him and it’s not much of a big deal,” he admitted.