THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will name a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach in December as the selection committee continues with the process of making its recommendation as to who will handle the national team for the next few years.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud, one of the members of the selection committee, said a Gilas coach will certainly be named before the year ends.
“The selection committee will make its final recommendation to the SBP board during the December regular board meeting of the SBP board of trustees,” said Salud during Friday’s roundtable discussion of the Online Media Group at the Country Spice Restaurant in Quezon City.
“By December, a new Gilas coach will be named,” Salud added.
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios recently said the choice as the new person to replace Chot Reyes has been down to two names but Spin.ph sources said Tab Baldwin and Ryan Gregorio are the coaches that are now being considered.
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Salud said the next action is to determine what are the goals of the two candidates for the Gilas Pilipinas program as he hinted the job will be for the long-term.
“The goal is to qualify in the Olympics but that is not an all-or-nothing deal. What is important is what is his short and long term plans because the Gilas Pilipinas is here to say as what Mr. Pangilinan said. We intend to find out from the two candidates,” said Salud.
Salud reiterated one of the qualities they are looking for in a Gilas Pilipinas coach is his ability to have an influence with the stakeholders of Philippine basketball.
“Those were the things that we are looking for in how he will be handling the pro players, his ability to have stronger ties with the stakeholders, team owners, governors, and PBA officials,” said Salud, noting that being the Gilas Pilipinas coach, although high-pressure, is a fulfilling task.
“It won’t be a thankless job. It’s a challenging job. He has the resources available. But that doesn’t make it any less difficult. For sure, high pressure job ’yan,” said Salud.