MANILA, Philippines - In his own assessment, PBA commissioner Chito Salud said Smart Gilas Pilipinas missed a podium finish in the fourth FIBA Asia Cup simply because the Nationals struggled with a poor shooting.
Salud stressed the pro league is open to lending other more players to Smart Gilas but he doesn’t think there is a specific PBA rule needed to be tweaked to help the national players get used to international play.
“Our players were off in Tokyo. They didn’t make their shots,” said Salud.
“We ought not to push the panic button. Let’s be more objective in assessing the situation. If more players, role players, he wishes to be invited to the pool, we’re willing to cooperate. But as to the rule, I don’t think that’s the situation,” Salud also said.
The PBA chieftain made that statement in reaction to coach Chot Reyes’ thoughts that the PBA perhaps can help more by adjusting its call on traveling violation.
“I don’t think there’s a difference on traveling violation called in the PBA and in FIBA tourneys. You have to put the ball on the floor first before you make a move,” said Salud.
“Assess the performance of the boys in the Jones Cup and in Japan, you can see the difference. It’s our shooting,” Salud also said.
Salud saw up close the Jones Cup and FIBA Asia Cup games as he cheered for the Nationals on the sidelines.
He stressed he’ll help talk the players whom the national mentor wants to add to his pool.
Reyes has mentioned the names of Junman Fajardo, Kelly Williams, Marc Pingris, Arwind Santos and Jayson Castro as the players who can fill in key spots in the national pool.