COACH Chot Reyes will have little time to rest following Gilas Pilipinas’ title run in the 19th Super Kung Sheung Cup Championship in Hong Kong as he’s set to meet with PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday regarding the formation of the national team for the FIBA-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship.
Reyes will sit down with Salud at the PBA office to discuss the likely composition and preparation the team will undertake for the August 1-11 tournament that serves as the qualifier for the FIBA-World Basketball Championship next year in Spain.
"The talk will mostly center on who's likely to make the team, `yung training schedule, and other pertinent matters," said PBA Media Bureau Chief Willie Marcial.
The national coach and his team of mostly cadet players arrived Monday evening from Hong Kong where they won the Super Cup title with a five-game sweep of the meet, capped by a come-from-behind 81-77 win over defending champion Southern California-Fukienese Association.
Prior to the Hong Kong tilt, the team barely had a two-day rest after competing in the 24th Dubai International Basketball Tournament where it placed sixth out of eight teams.
“From Dubai to HK. 10 games in 18 days. Finally, home,” Reyes twitted on his account @coachot upon arriving in Manila.
Led by chairman Robert Non, the PBA board has already agreed to shorten the season-ending Governors Cup to give Gilas Pilipinas ample time to train and prepare for the Asian championships.
The import-laden conference is calendared to run originally from May 12 to July 28, but will now be re-scheduled by the Office of the Commissioner to give way for the country’s hosting of the biggest basketball meet in the region.
Salud has yet to provide details of the new Governors Cup dates.
At the same time, the board proposal Salud’s proposal mandating each PBA team to lend at least one player to the Gilas squad, with Reyes even given the free hand to pick more than one player from teams that are willing to offer more.
The national coach has also been given the option to pass up on teams that have no players to fill his needs.