As Gilas Pilipinas continues to prepare for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 next year which the country is co-hosting, head coach Chot Reyes is firm on composing the “best team possible” for the prestigious international competition.
As the final buzzer sounded inside the Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam and Indonesia erupted into celebration at center court to celebrate a historic Southeast Asian (SEA) Games basketball title, Filipino sports fans back home knew something felt wrong.
Earlier this week, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced that veteran Philippine basketball tactician Chot Reyes will take over the coaching duties of the Gilas Pilipinas men’s national basketball team, replacing Tab Baldwin.
Can Jalen Green still play basketball for Gilas Pilipinas? The Filipino-American has represented the United States in the FIBA U19 World Cup before, and general knowledge suggests dual citizens can play for only one country for good — which is the one they’ve chosen first.
“It will be very difficult for us to get the slot in Belgrade. I will be the first to delight if we make it and I continue to hope for a triumphant campaign,” – Ramon Fernandez