Monday, November 10, 2014
Chot Reyes Releases Official Statement on Gilas Pilipinas Withdrawal
Former Philippine national men’s basketball team coach Chot Reyes has asked the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) selection committee not to include his name in the search for the next Gilas Pilipinas head coach.
Reyes was named head coach of the Gilas national team in 2012, his second stint as national team coach. Under him, the Philippines finished runner-up in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships in Manila and qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. The team also won the 2012 Jones Cup and picked up a bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup.
"I understand the Search Committee is scheduled to meet this week. In this light, I humbly request that my name would not be considered by the Committee as a candidate for the national team coach of Smart Gilas Pilipinas. This will allow the Committee to do its work unencumbered, take a broader view of other potential candidates to this national job, and enable the Gilas program to move on unfettered. Indeed, it is time for someone else take over the wheel; it is time for me to hand over that wheel.
“May I say that I have dedicated the past two (2) years serving the National Team to the best of my ability. I have personally derived great pride and much satisfaction for the strides the Gilas program has taken – with the collective effort of everyone involved in the effort.
“I would like to thank MVP, the SBP, PBA, TV5, the PLDT group, the Gilas supporters, and most especially my family for those two difficult but wonderful years I was given to serve my country and Philippine basketball. Despite the intense pressure that came with the job and the public scrutiny that goes with being the National Coach, this job has always been a unique privilege – I wouldn't trade it for anything else.
“Salamat, Gilas. Salamat, Pilipinas.
“Mabuhay tayong lahat. Laban Pilipinas! PUSO!"