GILAS Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin hopes to make do with the current once-a-week practice schedule of the national team that’s preparing for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next July.
While admitting he would’ve wanted more than the Monday-only practices, the Amreican-Kiwi mentor is content that that, at least, they have a regular schedule for seven months before they finally have one month and a half straight of practices leading up to the tournament.
“Not as much as I would do with two-a-week and certainly not as much as I would do with ten-a-week,” Baldwin said when asked what he can achieve with the current setup. “But we’ll take it.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the guys,” he added. "All progress is important progress. Although we will not be going at a rabbit’s pace forward, we’ll be something better than a snail’s pace.”
Baldwin said it depends on the pool members on how fast they will develop.
“Now, we’ve got them in the gym and on the court,” the veteran internationalist said. “They are distracted and that’s only right and fair and it’s a high priority for them, but this is the compromise the PBA is making for Gilas and Gilas is making for the PBA and it’s fair.”
“We’re going to make the most of it,” he added. “There are a lot better scenarios, but we’ll take this one.”