Chot Reyes returns as Gilas coach

  • Page Views 1673
  • Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) senior adviser to the president Ricky Vargas announced the reappointment of Vincent “Chot” Reyes as head coach of Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team on Tuesday.

    The SBP, led by its president Al Panlilio and chairman Senator Sonny Angara, said that Gilas coach Tab Baldwin would assume his old position as team consultant.

    “He (Reyes) doesn’t loss the coaching touch. He stays in touch with all the Gilas Cadet players and hold a very good relationship with them which serves as his biggest strength,” Vargas told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “In terms of coaching technicality, he still has it.”

    “We welcome his appointment and that’s a collective decision from our part in the SBP.”

    Gilas Pilipinas team manager and SBP Deputy Director for International Affairs Butch Antonio said that Reyes, being the coach of Gilas, would not be in conflict with his other job as president of television network TV5.

    “We already thought about it and we believed coach Chot can do both task. I’m pretty sure he’ll have a good staff for TV5 and Gilas. Maybe, he can do the corporate work in the morning until the afternoon and then Gilas basketball practice in the evening,” Antonio said.

    “We’re just going to the same old set up during the 2013 to 2014 when Tab Baldwin served as team consultant of Coach Chot. We didn’t find any problem with that,” added Antonio. “For the part of Baldwin, he remains a part of Gilas.”

    Vargas said that the association valued Reyes’ huge contribution to Gilas Pilipinas when he led the team back to the FIBA World Cup two years ago in Spain following the squad’s first runner up finish in the 2013 FIBA Asia men’s basketball championship in Manila.

    “During the time of Reyes, the term ‘puso’ became viral all over the nation and became meaningful in the international scene especially in the 2014 FIBA World Cup and 2013 FIBA Asia,” added Vargas. “At the same time, his contribution to Philippine basketball is huge.”

    Despite Gilas Pilipinas finishing seventh in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vargas said they decided to rehire Reyes because of his experience as national coach.

    “We considered the totality of coach Chot’s performance,” said Vargas. “What happened in the last Asian Games is only a minor setback compared to what he has done to Philippine basketball. MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) has a blessing of coach’s reappointment.”

    SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios, a former commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association, said the relegation of Baldwin to national team consultant from being head coach is collective decision of the management.

    “It is a call of top management,” Barrios said during an interview. “When Baldwin was serving as a team consultant while Chot was the head coach, Gilas Pilipinas made it to the FIBA World Cup and finished first runner-up in the FIBA Asia.”

    “I think the top management based its decision on the winning combination of that set up and among other set ups,” added Barrios. “We are hoping that magic set up will work positively again. It is really a preparation for one Olympic cycle in the new FIBA calendar.”

    “This is not just for one tournament preparation but of course our target is to reach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

    After the 2014 Asian Games, Reyes was replaced by Baldwin as Gilas coach.

    Under Baldwin, Gilas finished first runner-up in the 2015 FIBA Asia behind champion China and made it to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July hosted by the Philippines.

    Gilas, however, lost to France and New Zealand in that tournament and failed to secure a Rio Olympics berth. (J. T Ramos, TMT)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 09 December 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Statement from the office of the late Senator Tobias C. Enverga, Jr.

      December 7, 2017 Ottawa, ON On behalf of the Enverga family, I wish to convey sincere thanks for the outpouring of love, support, and prayers given in the days following the passing of the Honourable Tobias C. Enverga, Jr. The family would like to thank the more than 7,000 ...

    • 06 December 2017
      6 days ago No comment

      City of Surrey and Statistics Canada Partner on Opioid Data Collection and Community Response Project

      For immediate release: Dec. 5, 2017  Surrey – There is a broad range of people who suffer from opioid use disorders and the lives that are being claimed by the overdose crisis is revealing that a significant number of the deaths are occurring in residential locations and in private. Understanding the factors ...

    • 03 December 2017
      1 week ago No comment

      Kisses is now a Star Pop artist

      PBB Lucky Season 7 2nd Big Placer Kisses Delavin finally introduced her highly anticipated debut album Kisses under Star Pop, Star Music’s new sublabel for the young market, to a jam-packed crowd at SM North EDSA Skydome recently. The rising teen star pepped up the show with an opening ...

    • 03 December 2017
      1 week ago No comment

      Michael V preparing for his inevitable exit from ‘Bubble Gang’

      For the past 22 years, Michael V has been the binding force of “Bubble Gang,” for which he works not only as an actor, but also a creative director. While having the long-running gag-comedy show without him is almost unimaginable, he knows that, at some point, he would have ...

    • 03 December 2017
      1 week ago No comment

      PBA in turmoil as Narvasa divides Board

      NOVEMBER 2017 SPECTATOR   THE PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) is in turmoil, all because of PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa. No, the country’s No. 1 sporting entertainment is not losing money. But the league’s 7 breakway governors want Narvasa out. That’s when the trouble began. The Suicidal 7 could not ...

    %d bloggers like this: