GILAS Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes explained the non-inclusion of an Alaska player in the national squad for the Asian Games, saying the set-up will cause the least disruption to the PBA as well as to the Aces.
Reyes announced on Monday the 12-man lineup for the Asian Games which included the core of TNT led by Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, and Troy Rosario; naturalized player Andray Blatche; and three Gilas cadets in Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, and Abu Tratter.
Reyes opted not to take up an offer to take in one Alaska player in the Asiad lineup, which could either be Carl Bryan Cruz or Calvin Abueva, both Gilas mainstays.
Reyes said he decided to have only TNT players in the Asiad lineup to spare the team of the task of meshing the lone Alaska player into the system.
“The PBA released a statement last week that there are scheduling difficulties. We’ve decided to just get the core of TNT to make sure that there is no need for any lengthy practice. At least they are already a team,” said Reyes.
Reyes also said having an Alaska player will cause distraction to another team during the Asian Games.
“Because magkaka-problema pa. It’s going to be too much of a distraction for TNT. They are already in the midst of their preparation for the third conference. Kung lalagyan pa ng Alaska player, magkakaroon pa sila ng problema kasi makakalaban nila ‘yun sa third conference,” said Reyes.
“We felt the least disruption is just to bring the core of TNT plus Blatche plus three cadets,” he said.
Nevertheless, Reyes thanked the offer of Alaska to lend its players to the national team.
“We appreciate very much the gesture of the Alaska team management, coach Alex Compton, and Dickie Bachmann to lend their players. However, we deemed it best all over for this lineup to fill in sa Asian Games,” said Reyes.
“We want to be competing and preparing for the future. The Asian Games kasi is an opportunity for us to get some of the cadets into some tough Asian competition as well. That’s why that’s the kind of lineup that we put together for the Asian Games,” said Reyes.