SEOUL, South Korea – The PBA board is looking to bring in certain inputs in as far as the formation and running of the Gilas Pilipinas program is concerned, Commissioner Chito Salud said on Thursday.
Salud bared the Gilas program was tackled during the PBA board’s annual planning session here, and that member teams had given their positions on how to further improve the structure in the formation of the national team under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
Salud, though, refused to give details of the board’s proposals pending his scheduled meeting with the SBP led by its president Manny V. Pangilinan, who himself controls three PBA ballclubs.
“We had a very good discussion as to the points and inputs that the team wants the Office of the Commissioner to bring up when I meet with the SBP leadership,” said Salud.
“But the national program will still come from the SBP.”
It was learned by Spin.ph from sources, however, that among the proposed ideas include doing away with the practice of handpicking the national coach and instead adopting once more the previous system of prospective coaches applying for the job.
Such process was initially undertaken in 2005 when Reyes and Joel Banal applied and were interviewed for the job, which Reyes eventually acquired ahead of the Philippines' stint in the 2007 Fiba-Asia championships in Tokushima, Japan.
The PBA had been the national team’s source of players for international competitions since 1990, including this present batch that competed in the Fiba World Cup for the first time after a 36-year absence and won a game in the world championship for the first time in four decades.
Unfortunately, Gilas failed to sustain its gains and placed seventh in the Asiad - the lowest for a Philippine basketball team in the quadrennial multi-sport event.
Still, Salud declined to discuss the performance of Gilas in the Asiad other than the suggestions brought up to him by the board of governors.
“I think this is a very critical period for our national team program. We want all stakeholders to be able to give their inputs and we want all of them to be heard before a final consensus and a specific course of action is finally pushed through,” said the commissioner.
“At this time I will not discuss these inputs, until after the matter has been fully resolved. We will announce all these in due time. Please allow us the consultation process that we want to undergo.”