BASER Amer is pondering if missing a huge part of the tryouts for the Gilas cadet team bound for two international tournaments proved a major factor for him to miss the cut.
The San Beda star point guard, part of the 16-man cadet pool, was in Las Vegas the last two weeks with the Red Lions for a training camp, causing him to miss three weeks or 10 training sessions with the national team preparing for the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship (Seaba) and the SEA Games.
That could’ve been the reason why he failed to make the 12-man roster along with La Salle’s Jeron Teng, Arnold Van Opstal, and Prince Rivero, and Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo.
“It may or may not have affected my selection from the tryouts,” Amer told Spin.ph, a day after the Lions arrived in Manila after a 14-hour flight from Los Angeles.
“But I still respect their (coaching staff’s) decision and I will continue to work hard for another chance (to make) the lineup,” he was quick to add.
The 22-year-old Davao native is being true to his word as he was in the middle of a personal workout on Friday, despite still coping with jetlag, when Spin.ph reached him.
Asked if he deserved a spot in the roster, Amer, who was in Vegas when he heard the news of his exclusion, believes coach Tab Baldwin made the right decision.
“If I would say I deserved a spot, I would be selfish and that won’t be good for the program,” Amer said. “The players coach Tab selected, I think, are the right people for the job. I prepared myself for whatever decision shall be made by the coaches.”
Among the playmakers who made the cut are amateur star Ray Parks, NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson, and Arellano standout Jiovani Jalalon, who lost to Amer and the Lions in the NCAA finals last year.
“Pinag-isipan ng mga coaches ‘yun,” Amer said. “Hindi ako nalungkot kahit hindi ako nakasama. I gave my best and so did the rest of my teammates. I’m privileged to be a part of the team and I am still going to do my part to be of help to them.”