JORDAN’S top gunner Rasheim Wright is looking forward to facing newly-appointed Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin should their paths cross in next year’s Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Wuhan, China.
Wright played under Baldwin when the American-New Zealander handled the Jordanian national side in 2011.
The 6-foot-3 Wright, who became Jordan’s naturalized player in 2007, noted that under Baldwin, the Jordanians got tougher as evidenced by the West Asian powerhouse’s runner-up finish in the Fiba-Asia men’s edition in 2011.
“It will be fun to go against coach Baldwin,” Wright said, who returned to the Jordan national team recently.
“He taught the players to continue to fight to the end of the game and play with pride and respect.”
Wright, who is eyeing a stint in the PBA Governors’ Cup this season, did not see action for the Jordanians in last year’s Fiba-Asia men’s edition in Manila.
Jordan slumped to eighth place last year as the team’s other veterans like the Abbas brothers Zaid and Islam, as well as big man Sam Daghlas failed to see action.
Baldwin, who was formally announced as Gilas’ new head coach on Tuesday’s press conference, said his immediate goal is to help the Filipinos win the gold medal in the next year’s Fiba-Asia cage joust, which will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics.