FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Chot Reyes steps aside as NT coach
Philip Matel on Sep 11, 2018 07:55 PM
Chot Reyes is 'stepping aside' to focus on the 2023 FIBA World Cup team.
Gilas head coach Chot Reyes has announced that he is 'stepping aside' from the Philippine men's national basketball team and will focus instead in the national team program focused on the 2023 FIBA World Cup that will be co-hosted by the Philippines.
Reyes, in his third stint as the coach of Gilas, is serving a one-game suspension in international play for his remarks in Gilas' infamous brawl against Australia last July.
The only five-time PBA Coach of the Year came out of retirement in 2016 after coach Tab Baldwin was removed after the 2016 Rio Olympic Qualifiers.
Before that, Reyes resigned following Gilas' disappointing seventh-place finish at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, its lowest.
"Now that the PBA has opened its doors fully to the SBP and the national team, it is time for me to step aside and contribute in a differenct capacity, focusing on the 2023 program," he said on an Instagram post.
Reyes also expressed his best wishes to new Team Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao.
"We are one with you. Once Gilas, always Gilas."
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