SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios said Chot Reyes’ announcement to withdraw his name from the SBP’s selection committee meant “losing one prominent name” from the possible list of Gilas Pilipinas coaching candidates.
“(With Reyes’ withdrawal), then that means we have one less prominent name to consider and that means, the process will be hastened,” Barrios told Spin.ph on Monday.
“When I say the process will be hastened, it only means we have one less prominent name to consider.”
On Monday, Reyes announced his withdrawal from consideration in the selection of the next Gilas coach, saying he wants to allow the SBP’s search and selection committee’s work to go “unencumbered ... and take a broader view of other potential candidates to this national job and enable the Gilas program to move on unfettered.”
“Indeed, it is time for someone else take over the wheel; it is time for me to hand over that wheel,” the outspoken former national coach said.
Barrios reiterated that before Reyes’ withdrawal, the embattled national coach was still the existing Gilas coach, under the premise of "not automatically in, not automatically out."
But with Reyes now officially out of the running, Barrios, a former PBA commissioner, said they intend to focus on the SBP’s search and screening committee, which will be meeting for the first time on Tuesday to initially lay the “ground rules” on choosing the new Gilas coach.
The SBP committee, made up of SBP vice-chairman Ricky Vargas, PBA commissioner Chito Salud, PBA chairman Pato Gregorio, PBA vice-chairman Robert Non (representing PBA D-League) and Barrios, will also set a timeline for the selection process.
A series of deliberations will follow as necessary whereupon the recommended names will be submitted to SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, head of the basketball body's executive committee, for a final decision.
“Again, just to make it clear, the search and selection committee is not the decision-maker, but only makes recommendations to SBP president MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan),” reiterated Barrios.
Possible names to succeed Reyes include Gilas consultant Tab Baldwin and Talk 'N Text coach Jong Uichico, who served as one of the outspoken coach's assistants at Gilas in the Fiba-Asia men's championships, the world championships and the Asian Games.