Basketball: Douthit explains why Pinoy coach, not foreigner, better for Gilas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 30 2020 05:55 PM

Former Gilas Pilipinas big man Marcus Douthit believes the men's national basketball team would be better off having a Filipino as head coach.

"Having a foreign coach is great, but having a Filipino as a head coach is more, because they kind of relate to the players," the naturalized player said in an interview on "Extra Session" podcast

As a naturalized player, Douthit suited up under Serbian coach Rajko Toroman and later Chot Reyes.

"As far as head coach, I wouldn't advise (getting a foreign national), it doesn't make sense. They going to get there, win, then move on to their next job, but a Filipino coach will always be there."

Douthit acknowledged that a foreign coach has advantages because of their technical knowhow, but they should serve as consultants.

"There's more passion from someone who's from (the Philippines). It ain't the same," said Douthit.

"An American coach can come in, give advise, but at the end of the day, you take pieces from each puzzle. In the Philippines, you'd always want a homegrown coach."

The Gilas head-coaching job is currently vacant, with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the sport's national governing body, yet to appoint a full-time coach after Yeng Guiao's resignation in September 2019. 

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