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Coach Chot cautious amid talks of lifting player limit for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial has not been shy about his hope that the player limit for the national team will soon be lifted.

A previous agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) required franchises to lend two players – one veteran and one cadet – to Gilas Pilipinas. Marcial is hopeful that soon, that will change.

"Sana, payagan ng teams na wala ng limit sa players," Marcial said during an appearance in the PSA Forum last week. "Kahit ilan. Kasi ang limit ngayon, one cadet and one veteran."

Gilas Pilipinas file photo. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports
"Sana, mawala na 'yun. Kung ilan ang kailangan, sana pumayag ang teams, kasi malaking bagay sa Gilas 'yun," he added.

That this is on the table is surely good news for the Gilas program, especially as this particular issue has been the cause of much strife in past years.

However, national team head coach Chot Reyes does not want to become too optimistic, especially as nothing has been made final.

"It's a possibility," Reyes told reporters after Monday's practice. "But I can't get excited about possibilities."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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