Tito Gabe will be cheering for Gilas Pilipinas in 2023
Paul Lintag on Jan 09, 2018 10:57 AM
Norwood will be the first to tell anyone that he might be getting old with all of this whole Gilas Pilipinas thing.
Gabe Norwood has been going strong with the Philippine national team for over a decade now sometimes you wonder if he'll play forever.
However, Norwood will be the first to tell anyone that he might be getting old with all of this whole Gilas Pilipinas thing.
The first real sign came Monday when the Gilas captain walked into the team's first practice for the year and saw several players that are included in the pool for 2023 FIBA World Cup.
"It was wild walking in. I didn't know the young guys were gonna be in," Norwood said.
"It's good to seem but at the same time it's awesome to know that I've been part of the program for so long and really see it grow and see where it's going. It's pretty awesome," he added.
While it's a good five years before the #23for23 will see action, the focus for the national team now is qualifying for the 2019 World Cup in China.
And Gilas Pilipinas is in for its toughest challenge yet in the Asian Qualifiers as the team takes on Australia on the road in February.
The Philippines only has a little over a month to get itself ready for the Boomers, the newly-crowned Asian champions.
"That's kind of what we do now. I guess it's part of the process," Norwood said.
"We've all gotten used to making the most out of our time, whether it be a couple of weeks or a couple of months so I'm confident in the guys coming in," he added.
But as for the following World Cup, the one that the country will co-host with Japan and Indonesia, Norwood says he'll be prepared for that too.
Prepared to cheer his heart out for the future of the national team.
"I'll be cheering from the stands. I'm really excited for the group, who knows who's gonna be in, playing here in Manila. It should be an exciting time," he said.
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