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Chot Reyes continues to be keen to assist the nationwide program, however not as its coach. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

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

However even when for a shot at redemption, Chot Reyes is not going to be calling the photographs for the nationwide staff 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 will likely be a distinct coach on the nationwide staff 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 every little thing that’s taking place, I feel if I proceed to teach the staff, I’ll be simply too large of a distraction to the staff,” he stated.

The brand new coach is predicted to be named on Thursday afternoon, when basketball leaders communicate in a press convention that will likely be held within the PBA workplace, however it’s nonetheless unsure if the brand new coach will likely 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 underneath heavy fireplace after the staff’s efficiency through the World Cup, beforehand introduced he was “stepping apart” to permit the SBP to faucet a brand new coach. On Wednesday, he offered readability on the statements he made after steering the nationwide staff to a 1-4 file within the world showcase.

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

“That’s my perception: Leaders ought to be held accountable. You maintain your self accountable for regardless of the end result places in entrance of you. Whatever the purpose, when you 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 end result that was anticipated of us.”

Lack of preparation

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes throughout a sport in opposition to Dominican Republic within the Fiba World Cup. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

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 staff that finally competed within the World Cup.

“If we had practiced as an entire staff possibly 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 had been already operating easily and [we couldn’t tell] how will this be affected when these guys are available,” Reyes stated.

“Keep in mind in China we appeared so good and we didn’t have 25 % of the staff,” Reyes stated referring to Clarkson, Sotto and Scottie Thompson, who sat out the exhibition event attributable to a hand harm.

With the Asian Video games looming, the brand new coach that will likely be unveiled Thursday will even have a less-than-ideal preparations. Reyes may also help 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’d not take into consideration me, making it simpler for them to not fear about me,” he stated. “However in fact, I’m keen to assist the staff or this system or the federation in any capability, or any potential wants. That goes with out saying. However I feel, proper now, the staff wants a brand new coach.”

Additionally named within the preliminary POC roster had been a number of World Cup standouts together with Kiefer Ravena, who’s already in Japan to satisfy 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 potential tweaks to the nationwide rosters submitted, together with these of the boys’s volleyball staff 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 seeking to flip in a greater outing, even at a time of uncertainty for this system.

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