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    Lest we forget, here's a reminder to the SBP leadership as it reboots the Gilas program

    Oct 31, 2014

    A REBOOT of the Gilas Pilipinas program has been initiated by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) after a forgettable perfomance of the once proud team in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

    And regardless of how one would like to decipher the SBP press statement about the creation of a selection panel to pick the Gilas coach and players, it is certain sweeping changes are in the works.

    But here lies the beef: the SBP cannot just reboot its national basketball program without first sifting through the rubble of the 2014 Asian Games debacle and making those who led the damned campaign answerable for their sins against Philippine basketball.

    The seventh-place finish, set off by the ignorance of the SBP hierarchy of the Olympic Council of Asia's rules on player eligibility, will go down in ignominy as the worst performance of any Philippine squad formed for the Asiad.

    I would have silently accepted the setbacks of what was clearly the best-prepared Philippine team in Incheon, as these came on the heels of what the SBP drumbeats as a 'monumental success" in the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Seville, Spain.

    I would have accepted the seventh-place finish in the Incheon Asiad as well.

    But one thing I cannot stomach was that caper pulled off by Gilas of shooting an own goal, a shameless act which the SBP hierarchy has been, perplexingly enough, silent about to this day.

    This is not simply dirt that can be swept under the rug, for it will go down in history as the gravest sin ever committed against Philippine basketball.

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    May I remind the current SBP board to wake up to the reality that your positions were not handed to you on a silver platter. There are those who fought tooth and nail to hand you over the reigns so you can protect the integrity of Philippine basketball back in 2004.

    By playing dumb and blind to all that has been going around you is a disservice to Philippine basketball.

    Let it not reach a point where it would be said: That SBP leadership is far worse than the BAP it usurped in 2007.

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