RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said keeping the dribble-drive offense may not be a bad idea for the soon-to-be revamped Gilas Pilipinas, regardless of who takes over from Chot Reyes as coach.
“Sa akin, tingin ko, it’s not a bad offense at all. It’s gotten us I think to where we are right now in the international game,” Guiao said after the Elasto Painters’ practice on Tuesday at the Nega gym in San Juan.
The outspoken Rain or Shine coach pointed out that the offense preferred by Reyes maximized the array of shooters of the national team while covering up the Filipinos' disadvantage in terms of size in the world stage.
“It masked our lack of big men, but our presence or our strength of having shooters, na-emphasize naman niya yung advantages ng game natin,” explained the six-time PBA champion coach.
Guiao's statements echoed the words of former Gilas captain Jimmy Alapag who also wants the dribble-drive offense retained by the next coach, saying the system is perfect for height-challenged Filipinos.
Guiao said the system clearly worked and it only depends on the next coach on whether he wants to put in his own modifications to the system.
“You always look for something that’s a little better. You don’t stop looking for something kung puwede pa ba ma-improve or puwede pa maibawas. Kung may sistema naman na ganyan, you can introduce your own modifications because that’s what makes the game richer,” he added.
Although Guiao’s name has been floated recently when Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan created a selection committee tasked to pick the new Gilas coach and its pool of players, the Rain or Shine coach said he’s better off supporting the national team in a different capacity.
“I trust their (SBP officials) competence fully at alam nila ginagawa nila. Alam ko naman that all those people are dedicated to the cause of basketball. And whatever it is, we are in good hands with the people who know what they are doing,” he said.