MANILA, Philippines – National team coach Chot Reyes took to Twitter to offer "fatherly advice" to former Talk 'N Text player Japeth Aguilar amid reports that the big man is requesting a trade from the Tropang Texters.
|Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes. File photo.
A report by Snow Badua of Spin.ph quotes Aguilar's Philippine agent, Marvin Espiritu, as saying the former Western Kentucky Hilltopper wants to be traded before returning to the Philippines.
"Japeth wants to be traded before going home," Espiritu said. "Hindi pa nga siya bumibili ng ticket eh. Basta ang gusto niya uuwi siya pag-plantsado ng (ang trade)."
Aguilar, who is still in Chicago, wants out of Talk 'N Text because of lack of playing time with the defending Philippine Cup champions.
"'Yung hinihingi niya kasing playing time, sa ibang koponan niya pwedeng makuha. And knowing Japeth, he wants to prove his worth," Espiritu said. "And paano niya maipapakita ‘yun kung crunch time nasa bench siya?"
But in a series of tweets posted Monday afternoon, Reyes gave "fatherly advice" to Aguilar.
"1. It's not good publicity to publicly demand to be traded, especially due to playing time, especially when your team just won the title. This smacks of selfishness," Reyes said.
"2. If you really want to play, why go to the NBA or the NBA D-League? You think you can play a lot there? You played 20 minutes per game in your last All Filipino stint. This is not enough?"
"3. Son, playing time is earned, not demanded or expected. You want to play at crunch time? Work so hard that your coach can’t afford to sit you. If he does, work anyway!"
"4. You are the most physically gifted Filipino basketball player ever. But why didn't you play at Western Kentucky? At Gilas? In the NBA D-League? It’s the coaches fault? Think about it."
"5. I have nothing to gain, whatever you decide, except I want the best for you. Come home son. Make your name here. This is where you belong."
"6. So come on, play eight or 48 minutes, get your a** kicked, dunk on somebody – but do it here. And know whatever happens, I will be behind you always."
Reyes added the hashtage #PinoyPride in his fifth tweet.
Reyes, who coached Aguilar during his stint with the Texters, is now at the helm of the national basketball team. If Aguilar returns to Talk 'N Text, he will be reunited with his old college coach, Norman Black.
Spin.ph reported that Air21, Barako Bull and Barangay Ginebra are all interested in trading for Aguilar.
Aguilar was the first Filipino to be drafted by the NBA D-League when he was selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors with the 13th pick in the seventh round of the 2012 D-League draft last November. He failed to make the Warriors' final roster, however.