Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

Chot Reyes remains to be prepared to assist the nationwide program, however not as its coach. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

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Sure, Gilas Pilipinas’ participation within the Fiba World Cup was a disappointing failure. Sure, he must be held accountable for it.

However even when for a shot at redemption, Chot Reyes won’t be calling the pictures for the nationwide crew within the Asian Video games (Asiad) later this month.

“Will probably be an excessive amount of of a distraction,” Reyes stated on Wednesday, when he assured that there might be a distinct coach on the nationwide crew bench for the continental Olympics slated in Hangzhou, China, even after the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) launched a roster that included him as coach of Gilas Pilipinas.

“[W]ith all the things that’s taking place, I feel if I proceed to educate the crew, I’ll be simply too large of a distraction to the crew,” he stated.

The brand new coach is anticipated to be named on Thursday afternoon, when basketball leaders communicate in a press convention that might be held within the PBA workplace, however it’s nonetheless unsure if the brand new coach might be a long-term appointee or a stop-game measure whereas the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) recalibrates the nationwide program.

Reyes, who got here below heavy fireplace after the crew’s efficiency in the course of the World Cup, beforehand introduced he was “stepping apart” to permit the SBP to faucet a brand new coach. On Wednesday, he supplied readability on the statements he made after steering the nationwide crew to a 1-4 file within the international showcase.

“We failed. We didn’t ship. So simple as that. Our mandate is to be the best-placed Asian crew and we didn’t ship. In order that’s the principle cause why I stepped apart,” he stated.

“That’s my perception: Leaders must be held accountable. You maintain your self accountable for regardless of the outcome places in entrance of you. Whatever the cause, for those who don’t ship then it’s time to step apart. That’s mainly what I did as a result of we didn’t ship on the outcome that was anticipated of us.”

Lack of preparation

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes throughout a sport towards Dominican Republic within the Fiba World Cup. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

Reyes narrated a timeline of issues that went fallacious for the nationwide squad however the important thing factors centered on the dearth of preparation of the crew that finally competed within the World Cup.

“If we had practiced as an entire crew perhaps one or two weeks earlier, issues would have been totally different,” he stated.

“We had deliberate totally different schemes with Jordan [Clarkson] and Kai [Sotto] becoming a member of so late, we needed to prioritize. That was actually our fear; we have been already operating easily and [we couldn’t tell] how will this be affected when these guys are available in,” Reyes stated.

“Bear in mind in China we seemed so good and we didn’t have 25 % of the crew,” Reyes stated referring to Clarkson, Sotto and Scottie Thompson, who sat out the exhibition event as a result of a hand harm.

With the Asian Video games looming, the brand new coach that might be unveiled Thursday may also have a less-than-ideal preparations. Reyes can assist whoever is known as prepare.

“For me, I needed to take myself out of the image in order that the federation can decide—in order that they might not take into consideration me, making it simpler for them to not fear about me,” he stated. “However in fact, I’m prepared to assist the crew or this system or the federation in any capability, or any doable wants. That goes with out saying. However I feel, proper now, the crew wants a brand new coach.”

Additionally named within the preliminary POC roster have been a number of World Cup standouts together with Kiefer Ravena, who’s already in Japan to meet his duties with the Shiga Lakes within the B.League. Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser is reportedly nonetheless nursing a foot harm, whereas naturalized ace Justin Brownlee is coming off a bone spurs process.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino stated he already has knowledgeable the organizing committee of doable tweaks to the nationwide rosters submitted, together with these of the lads’s volleyball crew and the ladies’s soccer squad.

The Asian Video games unfurls on Sept. 23, and the Philippines—which completed solely fifth within the earlier version—is trying to flip in a greater outing, even at a time of uncertainty for this system.

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