THOUGHTS | YENG GUIAO STEPS DOWN AS GILAS PILIPINAS COACH




To the shock of no one, Yeng Guiao has stepped down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach.

I guess this the honorable thing to do – considering how we looked in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. After taking Team Pilipinas to an eighth-place finish in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship in Tianjin, China, Guiao led Gilas Pilipinas to a last-place spot a decade later. It would have been ridiculous for Guiao to pinpoint his players and even the officials.

He failed to have a good offensive and defensive plan against our tormentors and it showed.

I thought Guiao’s services would extend to the 2019 SEA Games though. I know the SEAG is an easier path compared to the FIBA World Cup but I don’t know what our future looks like since prior to the coaching change, Guiao is the PBA coach that both the MVP and SMC squads accept the most (at least up until Guiao signed with the NLEX Road Warriors).

So after holding himself accountable, Guiao is telling the officials that the best way for Filipinos to compete in the international tiffs is by having a shortened PBA season. In some ways, that would work. Again, our television is littered with basketball – especially in the BER months with the PBA, NBA, MPBL, D-League, UAAP, and NCAA in our peripherals.

I know we want his head served on a platter.

We already have that.

So there.

But lest we forget, Guiao also did a couple of good moves for Philippine basketball. If he didn’t step in, we could have had no representation in the Asian Games. We wouldn’t have witnessed a bunch of guys like Jordan Clarkson and Stanley Pringle do their thing in that level and we finally closed the chapter of the Greg Slaughter what if.

Guiao came to the team in the midst of the Australian controversy. The problem with Guiao came in the months after the storm settled. He tried to instill discipline on Andray Blatche by opting with Pringle and Christian Standhardinger and it would have worked if we didn’t lose to Kazakhstan. For some reason, Gilas top man Jayson Castro as well as Scottie Thompson and Ray Parks wanted out of the team and no, I don’t think the public knows the entirety of the situation. It didn’t help that JP Erram, Matthew Wright and Marcio Lassiter succumbed to injuries but it’s also noteworthy that he didn’t contact the somewhat reformed version of Terrence Romeo.

His team played uninspired and for a team that preaches “heart”, it felt as if this feeling deserted the players.

I guess the biggest problem that sent Guiao to Gilas coaching exile is the team’s inability to score points as well as defend against the enemies. What exactly did Chot Reyes do to have that kind of stint that Guiao failed to get?

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