FOR the most successful coach in PBA history, Chot Reyes is still the man for the Gilas Pilipinas job.
Brickbats thrown Reyes' way in the days after the Asian Games debacle has hardly swayed Tim Cone from his stand that Reyes is the best man to take the Gilas program forward leading up to the 2015 Fiba Asia championships in China, the main qualifier for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
“I like what he is doing, from this point I can see what he is doing and what he is trying to accomplish and to me, it is working,” the 18-time PBA champion told Spin.ph after San Mig's preseason loss to NLEX on Saturday night at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Reyes has come under fire from critics that included basketball legend Mon Fernandez, who has criticized the Gilas coach for the 'own goal' against Kazakhstan as well as his penchant for 'self-promotion.'
Cone, however, insisted the setbacks are just temporary, saying Reyes will bounce back from his failures.“You’ll gonna have your failures, you’ll gonna have your ups and downs. One thing Chot has proven, as all great coaches prove, that they learn from their failures,” Cone said.
“One thing about Chot … he dreams big. And I think that is his biggest strength, he dreams big. And he is not afraid to fail. And if you don’t dream big, you’ll not achieve big things,” added the San Mig coach.
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Asked what could change his mind on his stance not to consider a return to the national coaching job return, Cone said: ‘Nothing!”
“I don’t even want to talk about me because I am still thinking Chot should be the man,” he said.
What about the clamor of the fans?
“I don’t want to talk about the same questions,” Cone concluded. “I’ve been talking about that (my take on fans clamor for me to return to the national coaching job) over and over again. I really have not much to say except that Chot is the man for this job and I have complete faith in him.”