GILAS Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes knew that accidents or injuries are beyond his control, the reason he and his staff named a 17-man training pool in the buildup for the Fiba-Asia Men's Basketball Championship.
That decision has become key for Gilas after both Kelly Williams and Jared Dilinger were ruled out of the team.
“While we never predicted d KW (Kelly Williams) & JD (Jared Dillinger) events to happen, we planned for attrition. That's why we picked 17. Now it's down to 15 w 3 mos to go,” Reyes said on his Twitter account @coachot on Monday.
The 6-foot-3 Dillinger was ruled out for the rest of the season by Talk ‘N Text management on Monday morning after the Fil-Am forward/guard figured in a vehicular accident early Saturday.
He became the second member of the training pool to become unavailable for the August event which the country is hosting after Williams, who has taken an indefinite medical leave due to a blood disorder that has recurred.
The remaining 15-man pool is set to play together for the first time in the PBA Annual All-Star game in Digos, Davao del Sur, as it clashes with an All-Star selection on Sunday.
The following day, the Nationals play Yao Ming and the visiting Shanghai Sharks at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Still, Reyes refers to the remaining players in the training pool as `15 strong’.
Television reports had it that Dillinger slammed his white Mitsubishi Montero to a Skyway post inside SLEX at around 4 a.m. on Saturday.
The 2008 No. 2 overall pick is currently confined at the Makati Medical Center, where he’ll undergo surgery on Wednesday to realign his pelvis and stabilize the fracture with metal plates and screws.
He will not be ambulatory for 6-12 weeks to allow the bone to heal.
On Monday, PBA commissioner Chito Salud wished Dillinger well.
"It is always sad and concerning any time a member of the PBA family meets an accident of this nature," he said. "At the same time, we are relieved to know that we are not confronted with a life-threatening situation in Jared's case.
"His spirit and passion on court and the excellent organization he is a part of give me confidence Jared will be back in no time better and stronger."