ALEX Compton doesn’t mind being left out as part of the Gilas 5.0 coaching staff of Chot Reyes. He is even willing to lend a helping hand if asked.
Lost in the hoopla over the announcement of the 12 new members of the 24-man national training pool on Sunday was the fact that Compton is no longer part of the coaching staff after serving as lead deputy to former national coach Tab Baldwin.
But he’s hardly bothered by it, especially since he believes Gilas is in good hands under Reyes.
“Everything’s okay with me,” said Compton in a quick chat with SPIN.ph. “I think Coach Chot has done an incredible job in the past with the staff that he had and I believe they should continue with him.”
Shortly after revealing the 12 additional pro players to the Gilas pool on Sunday, Reyes disclosed members of his coaching staff that included veteran and champion mentor Jong Uichico, his son Josh Reyes, and retired former Gilas stalwart Jimmy Alapag.
With a complete pool finally assembled, Compton urged basketball-loving Filipinos to support Reyes and the national team as they embark on a new mission to earn a return stint in the FIBA World Cup set in China two years from now.
“I feel we should give Coach Chot the time and freedom to determine what is best for him and the team,” said the Alaska coach. “He knows what he is doing and I’m sure, he already has some plans in place.
“Let’s just hope that as a country, we can navigate the new Fiba format successfully, with all of the different factors in play regarding scheduling.”
Compton was tapped by Baldwin to be the lead deputy of his coaching staff that also included Uichico, Norman Black, Josh Reyes, and Nash Racela in his almost two year stint with Gilas.
They worked together during the 2015 Fiba Asia Men’s Championship in Changsa, China where the Filipinos finished runner-up behind the host country, and in last year’s Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Manila.
Looking back, Compton said his stint with Gilas was the highlight of his long career, both as a player and coach
“It’s the biggest honor of my basketball career, hands down,” he admitted. “The joys are too many to write down in a single article. It’s something I will always treasure.”