MANILA, Philippines – Chot Reyes is still very much part of the Gilas program.
This was the clarification made by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios on Friday during the Online Media Group Forum at Country Spice Restaurant along Sgt. Esguerra in Quezon City.
"Is Chot still a part of the Gilas program? The answer is yes. That's basically what I wanted to clarify," Barrios said.
MANILA, Philippines – Chot Reyes may have been removed as Gilas Pilipinas coach, but this doesn’t mean he is barred from coaching the national team again.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios said the appointment of the new national team coach will depend on the recommendations of the selection committee that is tasked to form and assemble the new Gilas Pilipinas team.
"For all we know, he may still be picked by the board," Barrios said in a Spin.ph report.
MANILA, Philippines – DerMarr Johnson, former Barako Bull import, will be making his way back in Manila to play for charity in “All In”, a fundraiser for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga and headlined by no less than former NBA MVP and 11-time All-Star Allen Iverson.
“I have very fond memories of the Philippines. I’m most looking forward to once again interacting with the fans, and seeing the friends I made there that I haven’t seen in a while,” said Johnson.
“Filipino fans know basketball and they love basketball. All the people there treated me nice and made my time there really easy. Can’t wait to be back.”
Chot Reyes said he had no problem with the move of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas to convene a selection committee that will decide who will take the reins of the national team.
The erstwhile Gilas Pilipinas coach told Jessica Soho on "State of the Nation" that the development is simply part of the process of evaluating the national program.
"I fully support the process. Tama naman yun, lahat ng programa at the end of it kailangan i-evaluate, kailangan i-assess kasi that's how a program develops," said Reyes.
MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes denied that the team has been disbanded, claiming that he got the assurance from Philippine basketball’s top bosses that Gilas’ agenda would continue.
Reyes, in a statement, said Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas President Manny V. Pangilinan and SBP Executive-Director “assured” him that no disbandment among the national basketball team happened.
“I have been assured by both SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan and SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios that the Gilas Pilipinas program has not been disbanded,” Reyes said in a statement.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud addressed the rumors that the Gilas Pilipinas national team program would be disbanded, saying it continues to have the PBA’s “full support” and that the creation of a selection committee serves only to “fine-tune” the program.
“The PBA is keen to continue supporting the SBP and its worthy objective of consolidating and improving on the gains the Gilas program has achieved in recent years. The creation of a selection committee will help harness and broaden the support and resources available for SBP within the PBA community and beyond,” Salud said in a statement.
“The SBP is not dissolving or discontinuing the Gilas Program. It is a successful program that has the PBA’s full support. The formation by the SBP of a Selection Committee to choose a Head Coach for the Gilas National Team, to create a pool of players from which the National Team can draw, and to synchronize the PBA calendar and the Gilas National Team training schedule is proof of a stronger collaborative effort on the part of the SBP and the PBA, its team owners and governors, as well as other stakeholders, to fine-tune the Gilas basketball program.”
MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is temporarily dissolved but the core, including head coach Chot Reyes, might still be there in the next national team.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios clarified this amidst reports that the Gilas team that placed runner-up in the last FIBA Asia Men’s Championship and competed in the FIBA World Cup and the Asian Games has been disbanded.
“Wala kaming napag-usapan regarding sa formation ng next national team. Sa (SBP) board meeting, tinackle nila how future national teams will be formed,” Barrios told Philstar.com late Thursday.