ASI Taulava believes the formula of bringing in the core of Rain or Shine and former and current players under head coach Yeng Guiao is the way to go in their short preparation for the 2018 Asian Games.
Taulava said the collection of current and former players of Guiao are picking up the plays fast and easy.
“You can see their basketball IQ is very high,” said Taulava on Sunday. “Coach Yeng is just throwing out plays there and they are picking it up real easy. That makes it easier for coach Yeng.”
Taulava knows from experience why the current way is the right way, at least from his standpoint. In the 2009 Fiba Asia Championship where Guiao was the coach, the team only had three players from Guiao’s ballclub Red Bull while the nine others had to make the adjustment.
It’s the other way around this year.
In the current lineup, Stanley Pringle, Poy Erram, and Christian Standhardinger are the only players who have not been coached by Guiao in the past.
“That’s one particular reason why coach Yeng chose the team this way. Guys compared to the 2009 team, it’s like vice versa. In the 2009 team, he had Willie Miller, Cyrus Baguio, and Kerby Raymundo. Us nine, the other nine, we didn’t know the flow, the system, the motions. We actually didn’t execute that well. It looked really bad,” said Taulava.
“This time, coach Yeng chose to have nine guys play for him and the three guys from the outside so that the nine guys can help out the three guys. It’s helping,” said Taulava.
As a result, practices, scarce as they are, have been free-flowing and productive, said the former PBA MVP.
“We are fluid. Even though the preparation is short, it looks like we have been around with each other for a month,” said Taulava.