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After stepping down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach, Chot Reyes made positive he would make clear simply how a lot he was accountable for a botched Fiba World Cup marketing campaign.
There have been different lapses, he mentioned. However these lapses have been simply the floor of the story.
“I do know we should’ve beaten Angola,” he informed the Inquirer on Wednesday. “I believe that was the actually huge downside. We have been so targeted on the Dominican Republic.”
It was in these two opening World Cup losses that one other key criticism of his teaching fashion got here to the fore: He put an excessive amount of of the offense on Jordan Clarkson’s again.
“Sure [that happened],” Reyes mentioned. “I admit, there have been instances when it actually seemed unhealthy.”
“And that’s once more due to the shortage of [preparation]. In the event you assume again, we have been enjoying effectively in China, issues have been okay: The ball motion, the [movement of the] gamers. We have been already attending to that stage [that we wanted to be],” he added. “However all of us knew the way it was going to be when Jordan arrived. We had no thought how we might react [with] the way in which [other teams would defend Clarkson].”
Reyes gamely took on the factors raised towards him, but in addition took day trip to elucidate the behind-the-scenes issues that handcuffed him through the workforce’s run to the worldwide basketball showcase.
The nationwide program, Reyes mentioned, seemed for methods to fly Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto as early as potential, penciling July 25 as the best date for the workforce to start training collectively. And when the logistical issues left the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) unable to take action, the workforce tried to e-book a flight to Los Angeles, the place Clarkson was based mostly, to carry the coaching to him.
“We tried to be those to fly to LA to coach with Jordan. However numerous us had no US visas and that’s not straightforward to get. Then we have been coming from Europe. And once we arrived, we surrendered our passports to course of our journey to China. So there have been so many logistical issues and although we needed to go to the US final week of July, we couldn’t do it,” Reyes mentioned.
The issues with Clarkson meant Justin Brownlee was persistently in play as an choice for the naturalized participant’s spot. In reality, Reyes mentioned, Brownlee’s harm was a turning level for this system.
“The large blow for us was the harm to Justin Brownlee,” Reyes mentioned. “That took away our flexibility. When he obtained injured, we have been nonetheless making an attempt to salvage the Jordan Clarkson state of affairs, to [either] get him in earlier or for us to go [to train with him in LA] earlier.
“And if we couldn’t [do either of that], at the very least we’ve got Justin.”
Gilas additionally encountered the identical sort of downside when it went to a pocket event in China, which brought on one other wave of delays. The workforce was only able to practice at full strength—with Clarkson and Kai Sotto—on Aug. 18 at PhilSports Area.
And that spelled hassle.
The champion coach additionally addressed insinuations that he was enjoying favorites together with his rotation, with critics stating his reference to utilizing Kiefer Ravena. He mentioned there was a mistake there, however not the one he was getting bashed for.
“The error truly, particularly towards the Dominican Republic, was we should always have performed Kiefer extra,” Reyes mentioned, referring to the large second quarter that Ravena had and the way the previous Ateneo star now not performed within the second half.
On his penchant for utilizing “studying expertise” as a method to soften pre-World Cup losses, he mentioned the educational was evident in the way in which the gamers carried out and the way in which the workforce performed.
“Didn’t they see how effectively Rhenz Abando [played]? Was Abando a product of magic, his sport simply enhancing? Isn’t that as a result of he discovered from our stint in Estonia? AJ Edu. Did he simply come out of the woodwork? And Dwight Ramos, was he already that good? I believe all of those guys who have been enjoying effectively discovered from their expertise,” Reyes mentioned.
“That’s No. 1. Quantity two is that they’re saying I couldn’t win winnable video games. What do they need, that we get routed proper from the very begin? They’re attributing to me the truth that we can not shut out video games. However they aren’t attributing to me the truth that we’re shut in these video games within the first place.
“They referred to as me “Choke” Reyes. What’s the No. 1 requirement so that you can choke? It’s a must to be within the sport first. We have been in each sport. We put ourselves able to win in each sport and I attribute that to the educational that we had as a result of we knew the way to play [teams like] Italy.”
Reyes admitted that the World Cup stint was a failure, and has stepped aside to allow the SBP to recalibrate the nationwide program.
However he had all the time envisioned one thing large for Gilas Pilipinas.
“We knew it was going to be tough. However we have been assured as a result of we knew with the kind of preparation we have been going to have the most effective workforce prepared through the World Cup,” he mentioned. “Clearly, we didn’t see the accidents and the issues with participant availabilities.”
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