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    'Loyal soldier' Guiao won't force issue, accepts Asiad fate

    Aug 2, 2018
    NLEX coach Yeng Guiao is just following orders from MVP group management.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said he has already accepted the fact that the Philippines will no longer see action in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

    The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) recently pulled out from competing in the men’s basketball competition of the Asian Games, citing its inability to form a competitive national squad.

    Guiao said he already knew there was no chance for the SBP to have a change of heart, despite clamors from several quarters in the Philippine sports community to reconsider the decision.

    “Tanggap ko na ‘yun na ganun talaga ang mangyayari,” said Guiao in an interview with reporters after Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where he was the television analyst for PBA Rush on Wednesday.

    “I was hoping for a reinforced lineup. ‘Yun ang hope ko. But nung na-ano na ‘yung decision, I accepted it. Tinanggap ko na,” Guiao said.

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      Guiao was supposed to coach the Asian Games squad to be formed around the core of Rain or Shine, but that was until the SBP abandoned the plan.

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      “I’m just a loyal soldier. Kung ang i-utos sa akin, bukas kunwari, sabihin sa akin, 'Coach Yeng, ikaw uli mag-coach, maghanda ka,' or sabihin sa akin na, 'Stay ka lang, wala kang gagawin,' diyan lang ako. I just take orders," he insisted.

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      "If they tell me to go and coach, I will. If they tell me to stay and focus on the PBA and focus on my mother team, then I’m just taking orders. I don’t make decisions. I take orders from my bosses,” Guiao added.

      Guiao added the SBP will now be focusing on the next window in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers to be held in September.

      “I think that’s over. Tapos na ‘yun. I don’t want to add to what have already been said. I think we just have to look forward and prepare for the next window which is the Fiba qualifier. It’s in September. Tapos na. I don’t think I can contribute anything more to the discussion except ‘yung mga nasabi na,” said Guiao.

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