Garcia: Wong under microscope now

    WONG: Getting a light tap on his arm.
    WONG: Getting a light tap on his arm.

    RAIN or Shine coach Caloy Garcia has not yet talked to Adrian Wong about the latter’s involvement in an unauthorized 5-on-5 game that netted the latter a P20,000 fine without having stepped on a PBA court.

    But the seasoned tactician knows what he would tell the rookie once they hook up.

    “I’d just remind him to be careful with his actions dahil iba na ang situation niya ngayon,” Garcia told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “Nasa PBA na siya and he should think twice about what he’s going to say and do dahil iba ang spotlight sa pros,” added Garcia. “He would be under the microscope each time.”

    Wong, taken fifth in the first round of the 2019 PBA Draft and signed to a two-year contract shortly after, was among those who participated in a game at the Ronac gym last Wednesday along with Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, Japan-bound Thirdy Ravena, former Ateneo teammate Isaac Go and UP star Kobe Paras, among others.

    Five-on-five games have yet to be allowed by the Inter-agency Task Force in areas under modified community quarantine.

    Go, picked first overall by Columbian (now Terrafirma) in the special draft for Gilas pool members, was reprimanded by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

    Not so for Aguilar and Wong, who were each fined P20,000 and ordered to undergo swab tests and 30 hours of community service.

    According to Garcia, Wong already apologized to his teammates online through the Elasto Painters’ Viber group.

    “Everybody accepted the apology and I’m also ready to do that once we talk, once na kami mismo magka-usap,”offered Garcia. “I just hope he learns from it and be more discreet and extra-careful.”