WANTED, BAGONG GILAS COACH

(NI ANN ENCARNACION)

KAHIT naipanalo pa ang Gilas Pilipinas ng gintong medalya sa 30th Southeast Asian Games, walang balak si Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone na mag-extend sa kanyang national duty.

Iginiit ni Cone na “one and done” ang pagiging Gilas coach niya.

“I was told at the start that I will be some sort of a caretaker for the national team that will be playing for the Southeast Asian Games,” paliwanag ni Cone.

Idinagdag niya na may inihahanda nang programa ang Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas para sa susunod na taon kaya’t hindi niya inaasahan na muli na magtatagal bilang coach ng  pambansang koponan.

“All I know is that they will be implementing a new Gilas program under project director coach Tab Baldwin. Other than that, I have nothing more about the insides,” sabi ni Cone.

Huling sumabak ang Gilas team sa 2019 Fiba World Cup sa China kung saan wala ito kahit isang naipanalo.

Matapos ang nakadidismayang performance ng national team sa China, tuluyang nagbitiw bilang coach ng Gilas si NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, kaya’t kinukunsiderang “disbanded” na ang team.

Matapos tanggapin ang hamon na maging coach ng national team para sa 30th SEAG, bumuo ng sariling all-pro team si Cone na pinadapa ang lahat ng mga nakalaban sa katatapos lang na biennial regional meet.

Sa ngayon ay wala pang inihahayag ang SBP kaugnay sa bagong head coach ng Gilas, maliban sa limang piling players na pawang kinuha sa PBA draft nitong buwan.

Ang limang isinama sa Gilas pool ay sina Isaac Go, magkapatid na Matt at Mike Nieto, Rey Suerte at si Allyn Bulanadi.

Sila ang magsisilbing pundasyon ng bagong national team na personal na pinili ni Ateneo Blue Eagles coachTab Baldwin.

Gayunpaman, hindi pa malinaw kung tinanggap na ni Baldwin ang trabaho bilang project director ng national team, o kung siya na ang bagong coach ng Gilas Pilipinas.

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AMATEUR TEAMS, ETSAPWERA NA

“SOUTHEAST Asia is catching up.”

Ito ang dahilan, ayon kay Gilas coach Tim Cone, kaya’t hindi na maaaring magpadala ng amateur teams sa SEA Games kung gusto ng Pilipinas na manatiling dominante sa basketball.

“Everybody makes a comment that anybody can beat these teams, from here, from the Philippines,” ani Cone. “And we turned around and looked at each other from a coaching standpoint, and said, ‘So what, you think an amateur team could’ve beat that team?'”

“And everyone said, ‘No.’ No, we can’t bring amateurs anymore to the Southeast Asian Games. They have gotten too good. We gotta bring our best players,” giit niya.

Kaya naman dapat na PBA players pa rin ang magrepresent ng bansa sa international competitions gaya ng SEAG  kung gusto nating manalo, ayon kay Cone.

“If you bring an amateur team, we were talking about it, who would play the center position for us, if we brought amateurs at this point. We’d be good with Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena, but who would play the centers?” aniya.

“Who would be the 6-9, 6-10, 6-11 guys that could compete with Thailand and Vietnam and the other guys, like June Mar and those guys can. They don’t.”

Muntikan nang matalo ng Thailand ang men’s team sa 2015 SEA Games sa Singapore.

Nag-rally lang ang nationals sa pangunguna nina Baser Amer at Kiefer Ravena, na swerteng pumasok ang tres sa huling 16 segundo para sa 80-75 win.

Nahirapan din ang men’s team kontra Thailand bago nakuha ang 81-74 na panalo noong 2017 SEA Games sa Kuala Lumpur.

Malaki ang kaibahan ng mga nakaraang editions sa katatapos na 30th SEAG kung saan winalis at tinambakan ng all-pro Gilas ang lahat ng nakalaban nito.

 

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TIM CONE, BAGONG COACH NG GILAS

NAKAPILI na ang Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) ng bagong coach ng Gilas Pilipinas at siya’y walang iba kundi si Barangay Ginebra’s lead tactician Tim Cone.

Ngunit magiging coach lang siya ng Gilas para sa 2019 Southeast Asian Games at hindi pa tiyak kung siya pa rin ang hahawak sa national team hanggang sa 2023 FIBA World Cup.

“I spoke to Tim Cone last Saturday and he expressed interested but wanted to finish his game last night and talk to his family first. Now I’m very happy to announce that coach Tim has officially accepted the role as head coach for Gilas Pilipinas Men in the upcoming SEA Games,” sabi ni SBP president Al Panlilio.

“We also want to reiterate that we’re taking it one step at a time and this arrangement is for the SEA Games only, for now. We’re still putting together a plan on how to move forward with our preparations for 2023 and beyond,” paglilinaw ni Panlilio.

Nauna rito ay nagpahayag si Cone na ang pagiging Gilas coach ay “one-and-done” commitment.

“Just go and coach the SEA Games, that’s it. And I understand that fully. And this, with me coaching, that will give them time to put their search committee together and find the guy they really want to coach [until], I guess, 2023. … And I’m perfectly OK with that,” sabi pa ni Cone.

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