MANILA, Philippines – When Gilas Pilipinas suffered the country’s worst placing in the recent Asian Games, national team coach Chot Reyes was at the receiving end of harsh criticisms particularly from local basketball fans.
But PBA commentator Joaquin “Quinito” Henson explained that Reyes should not be blamed entirely over Gilas’ disappointing outing in the Asiad after a sensational appearance at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
For one, Reyes was forced to utilize a different set of players since prized naturalized player Andray Blatche was not eligible to play in Asiad.
MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he was quite surprised by the hostility he received from local basketball fans after Gilas Pilipinas’ disappointing finish in the recent Asian Games.
The coach has chosen to be silent the past few weeks, but recently opened up to air his side.
"I'm surprised by the intensity of the hatred, but the criticism I can take. I have no problem with that, it's part of the job," Reyes said in an interview with Spin.ph’s Dodo Catacutan.
SEOUL, South Korea—Korea regained Asian supremacy in basketball, thanks in large part to a disciplinary action that kept Marcus Douthit out of the quarterfinal game between the hosts and Gilas Pilipinas in the 17th Asian Games last week.
This was the assessment of top Korean Basketball League officials in their meeting with PBA chair Patrick Gregorio, which happened on the day the Koreans nipped Iran, 79-77, for the cage gold medal.
“No one could’ve stopped Douthit. Our big men are young and inexperienced,” said Lee Jae-min, the KBL secretary general who was quoted by Gregorio.
MANILA – Filipino basketball legend Ramon Fernandez said that if national team coach Chot Reyes wasn’t thinking too much about himself, Gilas Pilipinas would have been more successful in its international stints.
Fernandez, fondly known as “El Presidente” by hardcore PBA fans, said Reyes wasn’t too focused on his task when he was coaching the national team, which is why Gilas Pilipinas bombed out of the FIBA World Cup and in the recent Asian Games.
“Kung naging humble sana siya from the very beginning, hindi naging ganun ang reaction ng fans sa kanya eh. Kasi gusto nya sikat agad siya, yan ang nasa utak niya. Sarili lang niya ang iniisip niya eh,” the PBA legend said in a podcast interview with Snow Badua of Spin.ph.
SEOUL, Korea – Some PBA officials are now pushing for the return of the old procedure in the selection of the national head coach in the aftermath of Gilas Pilipinas’ seventh-place finish in the 17th Asian Games basketball competition here.
With players coming from the pro league, these PBA officials deem it proper to have some say in the selection process as they did in the past, in particular in naming Chot Reyes as mentor of the PH team in the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan.
“Before, aspirants for the position applied for it. They drew their plan and appeared before us for an interview. At least we had some part, and I think rightly so since we supplied the players,” said a governor.
INCHEON, South Korea – Jimmy Alapag is keeping his door open to return to the Gilas Pilipinas program next year.
Alapag earlier announced that the Asian Games would be his last tournament for the Philippine national team. But the 36-year-old national team captain is more than willing to return to Gilas – no longer as a player but as part of the coaching staff.
"I do want to be involved. Again, there's nothing like getting a chance to represent the country in the international or world stage. I think I have a lot of wisdom and experience in the last 12 years or so to really impact the next generation of guys and just really make them understand what it really means to wear that Gilas Pilipinas jersey,” said Alapag before flying back to the country on Thursday.
MANILA – Naturalized player Marcus Douthit is proud to have been part of Gilas Pilipinas despite the ups and downs the team has gone through recently.
Douthit, who has been part of the national team since 2010, admitted he doesn’t know where the team will be heading after bombing out in the 2014 Asian Games.
The Philippine nationals started off with a victory over India but suffered 3 consecutive defeats against Iran, Qatar, and South Korea. They also missed the trip to the semis after failing to post a wide margin against Kazakhstan.