MANILA, Philippines – National team coach Chot Reyes’ dream for Gilas Pilipinas is not just to make it to the Top 3 of the FIBA Asia Championship, but to become the top team in the whole of Asia.
In a PBA report, Reyes said he wants his squad to emulate the exploits of Robert Jaworski and company when they won the 1973 Asian championship.
“The goal is to make the Top 3 but the dream is to win it all,” Reyes said.
He even distributed chronicles of the 1973 team’s victory to every member of the pool before their practice last Monday.
Reyes wanted to remind his players about the hard work and dedication required to achieve such feat.
“The last page is a commitment letter. It’s up to you to sign it if you’re committing yourself in this endeavor,” he told the players.
The Asian Championship is scheduled to take place in Manila in August.
The last time it was held in country was in 1973, when the nationals were composed of future PBA legends Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Bogs Adornado, Francis Arnaiz and Abet Guidaben.
They defeated South Korea in the finals to clinch the Asian title.
Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan and PBA commissioner Chito Salud offered words of encouragement to the national training pool.
Pangilinan asked the pool to do their best and make the country proud this August.
“We fought hard to get the hosting rights (for the first time) after 40 years. Thank you for being here. Let’s go to Spain,” Pangilinan said before the team’s practice.
The top three teams in the tournament will fly to Spain for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.