Castro already had prior plans of returning to Gilas
Paul Lintag on Jan 24, 2017 07:37 PM
"We had a long talk and you know, that's when I knew that he's ready to come back." -- Chot Reyes on his conversation with Jayson Castro in October of last year, planting the seeds to the Blur's eventual Gilas comeback.
Turns out Jayson Castro already had plans to unretire from Gilas Pilipinas. The return of Chot Reyes, his longtime coach with TNT and to the national team, only strengthened his desire to put on the Philippines jersey one more time.
With the Blur officialy part of the mix again after being selected to the new 24-man pool announced Sunday, Castro's decision to undo his sudden retirement apparently goes way back.
"He visited me at Anvaya Cove, one week after they got eliminated in the Governors' Cup," Chot Reyes revealed regarding Castro.
"We had a long talk and you know, that's when I knew that he's ready to come back," he added.
Considering the KaTropa were ousted in the season-ending PBA conference on October 3 last year and Reyes not getting his old national team gig until 15 days later, Castro looks like he already had one foot in for Gilas.
Chot's eventual return was the last push that got the Blur back in the fold.
"We weren't sure that time if I'll be returning but, is so many words, he [Castro] said that 'if you're going to come back coach, then I'm going to reconsider decision,'" Reyes said.
With the new pool, Castro is the oldest of the 24-man selection at 30 years old. He should still be at the peak of his super powers by 2019 as the Philippines fight for a slot in the 2019 World Cup in China and hopefully, the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
In fact, since he retired from Gilas Pilipinas, Castro promptly went on a tear during the 2016 Governors' Cup, going for 23.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game for a TNT semifinal finish.
For the 2017 Philippine Cup, the Blur remains as the KaTropa's leading scorer with 17.1 points per outing. He's also 3.1 rebounds and 5.3 dimes so far in the All-Filipino.
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