RAIN or Shine is not just willing to lend one or two players, but its entire team will be made available to PBA Gilas-Pilipinas.
That's the kind of commitment Asian Coatings franchise co-owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que are willing to give to the national team's bid to win the Asian championship in Manila in eight months' time.
“Willing kaming mag-pahiram, basta sabihan lang nila kami, walang kaso sa amin yun,” said Yu who sat beside Que during the press conference formally announcing the turnover to the county of the hosting of the qualifying tournament for next year’s Fiba-World Basketball Championship.
Rain or Shine earlier allowed players Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan to play for Smart Gilas team that won the championship of the 34th William Jones Cup basketball tournament in Taipei last year.
Yu believes the country’s pride should be above everything else, and that good karma comes with it.
“Proud nga kami kasi may gustong players sa amin ang national team, dun pa lang may honor na para sa Rain or Shine,” added Yu. “And who knows, pag nakakuha tayo ng slot sa world championships, mas makikilala pa ang PBA.”
“Hindi ito lip service or what, we are open to share players kasi mas masarap manuod ng game ng bansa kung may mga alaga kami na lumalaban para sa ating bandila,” Yu reiterated.
Aside from Norwood and Chan, other Elasto Painters that may on the radar of national coach Chot Reyes are Paul Lee, Jireh Ibanes, Jervy Cruz, former Smart Gilas Chris Tiu, and Beau Belga.
Even Rain or Shine mentor Yeng Guiao once handled the national team that competed in the 2009 Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship while he was still calling the shots for Red Bull.
But Yu just wants to make this clear.
“Pero hindi ko pinagpipilitan `yung mga players ko ha. Nakakahiya naman baka isipin bino-volunteer ko na. Basta ang sa amin lang, pag may gusto sila, sabihin lang nila,” he said.