INCHEON, South Korea — Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes and naturalized player Marcus Douthit had a long talk as they tried to settle their differences before the all-important match against South Korea on Saturday at the Samsan World Gymnasium here.
In a report from the Philippine secretariat from the Athletes’ Village, Douthit said everything is ‘fine’ with him and Reyes following the Gilas Pilipinas coach's tirade against him after the team’s loss to Qatar when he called the naturalized player a "quitter."
Douthit also assured that he will play for Gilas in the 2 p.m. (1 p.m. Manila time) game against Korea which the Philippines need to win if it is to advance to the crossover semifinals.
“Yeah, we had a long talk. Everything is fine between us. We’ll play our best later against Korea. We’ll come out there and go for a win,” Douthit said.
Douthit, however, was alone when he ate his breakfast in the Athletes’ Village dining hall hours before the game.
Douthit, tapped to play in the Asiad after Andray Blatche was declared ineligible owing to the three-year residency rule for naturalized players, alsodeclined to reveal the specifics of their talk with Reyes, and only said: “We’re fine, very fine. You know what I mean?”