MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas’ coach Chot Reyes has said he will respond to any criticism his critics have directed at him as long as they speak to him face to face, although he lamented the way the hatred directed at him affected the morale of his players. the Fiba World Cup.
“People don’t realize, for me, boos before games, it doesn’t matter, I’m used to it. I even cheered when they booed tonight,” Reyes said, referring to many of the 11,000 fans who booed him again in their last game against China at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“But they don’t realize the effect on the players… They’re also demoralized; they wonder why this is happening.
The two-time World Cup manager was booed during Jordan Clarkson’s home opener against Saudi Arabia in the Asian World Cup qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena last year and fans asked him to quit on social media.
Boo the concerned players
In this tournament, he has heard the boos during the pre-match presentations since the loss to Angola.
“All the calls for my resignation and all that, the players have read it and they are touched. So it affects the game, the way we play games. It’s a distraction for the team. It’s not good for the team. They don’t deserve it,” Reyes said.
Reyes has previously told Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas that their 96-75 win over China will be his last game as Gilas coach as he and his family have decided to ‘step down’, a term he used to avoid any notion that he is a dropout.
“It’s a decision I reached with my family. I just think it’s time. We had a great preparation plan. We began preparations on June 12, Independence Day. But we didn’t have our first full team practice until August 18, a week before our first game. Think about it. Even the American team started training on August 3. For us, August 18 was the first practice we had with a full team. Seven days. And yet we fought. We fought all these opponents, Italy, (one) top 10 team, (Dominican Republic), Angola,” Reyes said. ” We did not succeed. We did not succeed. But France has not advanced, Australia is not advancing. There are so many powerful teams that haven’t progressed. But in the Philippines, losing is not allowed. Only here it is not allowed to lose.
“After a while it was just too heavy. It was too painful, too difficult, to be very honest. Some of the things that were being said were already overstepping the bounds. I don’t deserve it, my family doesn’t deserve it,” he added.
Reyes challenged his critics to face him personally, promising to answer all their questions.
“My family and my players don’t deserve this and I would just ask all my haters and detractors, I’m ready to respond to every comment they make as long as they speak to me face to face. Don’t hide behind social media, come and talk to me face to face and I will answer all your points one by one, on why certain decisions were made and why they are so, “he said. “In the end, the players don’t deserve it not, my family certainly does not deserve it. So I ask my haters and my haters, I hope they are as perfect as they claim to be.
Reyes brought the Philippines back to the World Cup in 2014 after the team led by Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro won silver at the 2013 Asian Championship at MOA Arena. He has won a total of two victories on separate occasions.
The outgoing Gilas coach was handed the ball signed by all his players including Jordan Clarkson, who he valued so much amidst all the adversity they went through.
“Nice gesture from the players,” said Reyes.
Gilas coach Chot Reyes reveals that he told Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas before the game against China that it would be his last game. #FIBAWCREAD: inq.news/ChotStepsAside
posted by Seeker Sports Saturday, September 2, 2023
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