MANILA, Philippines -- Veteran point guard and three-time PBA champion Chico Lanete has been tapped by Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 as a playing assistant coach for its teams.
"Having Chico around will be of great help to our players as 3x3 is a game of court awareness," said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas after the signing was made official on Friday.
"Being an undrafted player but still playing 12 years in the PBA should serve as an inspiration to our players as well, as Chico proved that hard work trumps all," Mascariñas said.
The 40-year-old Lanete will work with Coach Eric Altamirano and his staff with the league's three pro teams that compete in the global FIBA 3x3 circuit. He will also help the national team in its preparations for the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled for May 2021.
"I've been wanting to be a coach nung padulo na ng career ko," said Lanete.
"Nagpapasalamat ako sa Chooks-to-Go for this opportunity na mag-give back sa new generation ng players at sa bagong sport na 3x3," he added.
Lanete will still play in the upcoming season of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3, as the league eyes a September 2020 return.
"Gusto ko rin siyempre ma-try 'tong 3x3, kumbaga nasa bucket list ko ito. Alam ko kaya ko pa rin makipagsabayan kahit papano sa mga bata nating players," said Lanete, who is signed with MPBL club Sarangani.
For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.