Charles Tiu may be very assured that his Robust Group crew that may signify the Philippines within the thirty third Dubai Worldwide Basketball Championship has a transparent shot on the championship, what with a roster teeming with ex-NBA gamers and a training workers that has Olympics expertise.
“I just like the crew. We have now an important group of fellows and no person complains, not even Dwight (Howard), he listens to every part we’ve requested,” the younger coach instructed reporters after an open observe in Makati Metropolis on Wednesday.
“I really feel we’ve got a greater crew proper now, we’ve got a greater group of imports proper now, extra stable crew. We simply should get a bit in form,” Tiu went on.
Howard, a many-time NBA All-Star might be headlining this batch of gamers along with Andre Roberson and former Gilas Pilipinas stalwart Andray Blatche.
Brian Goorjian, the Australian nationwide crew coach, and Topex Robinson of UAAP champion La Salle might be backing up Tiu on the bench.
Robust Group is within the early a part of its preparations as Tiu goals to get at the very least 5 full practices with an entire lineup earlier than enjoying a tuneup recreation previous to flying out on Jan. 17. The occasion will run from Jan. 19 to Jan. 28.
Howard and Blatche did not make it to the primary observe like most up-to-date recruit Jordan Heading.
Tiu may also depend on his huge expertise teaching within the event.
“I haven’t fairly seen [the opponents’ rosters] but, however these are the identical groups that I’ve been enjoying on this event for the final 5 years or so. [Around] 4 Lebanese groups with all their nationwide crew gamers, all their imports so it’s gonna be a very stacked competitors,” Tiu stated.
‘Taking it gradual’
“We’re simply taking it gradual, someday at a time making an attempt to ensure no person will get damage, however I believe we’ve got an important group of fellows,” he stated referring to his crew that has standouts like reigning UAAP Most Invaluable Participant (MVP) Kevin Quiambao and graduating Archer Francis Escandor.
School of St. Benilde stalwarts Allen Liwag, Tony Ynot and Justine Sanchez may also play important roles for Robust Group together with College of the Philippines marksman JD Cagulangan whom Tiu thinks will impression their recreation rather a lot together with his playmaking in addition to former TNT import McKenzie Moore.
“JD Cagulangan could have a much bigger function, McKenzie Moore should play the purpose, perhaps I’ll put Jordan Heading on the purpose guard spot a bit bit additionally however everyone’s gonna have to slot in,” he stated as Robust Group may also have one other La Salle standout and Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball MVP Justine Baltazar.
“Modesty apart, we positively wanna win the championship. We didn’t have such an important run final 12 months with impulsively Ange Kouame [getting] sick, missed the event and that modified [the team],” he stated. “So proper now, our purpose, if we will keep wholesome, can be actually to win the championship.”