FIBA: TNT’s Dickel helps bridge gap between Gilas and 36ers

Paul Lintag on Aug 21, 2019 03:47 PM
FIBA: TNT’s Dickel helps bridge gap between Gilas and 36ers
Adelaide head coach Joey Wright, who once played as import in the PBA, revealed that TNT active consultant Mark Dickel actually played a key role in bring the 36ers in Manila. (Photos by Richard Esguerra, Josh Albelda, and the Adelaide 36ers)

Gilas Pilipinas badly needed a team to practice with ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.

Enter the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers for some clutch help.

Gilas and the 36ers will play in a pair of friendlies this weekend as the national team enters the final phase of its prep for the World Championships.

“We’re here for them more than they are for us,” Adelaide head coach Joey Wright said of Gilas.

“We’re here to try to help them get better. We expect them to be passionate and play great basketball. We’ll try to get out there and work on some things ourselves,” he added.

Wright, who once played as import in the PBA, revealed that TNT active consultant Mark Dickel actually played a key role in bring the 36ers in Manila.

“A friend of mine, Mark Dickel, who also coaches here contacted me,” Wright said.

“He asked me, ‘Would you like to come over and play?’ I cleared it with our office and they were happy for us to come over,” coach Wright added.

Now in Manila, Wright and his 36ers are excited to play some basketball.

“I just love the passion for the game [here]. I’m passionate about the game,” he said.

“I’m really always excited about coming back here,” Wright added.

 

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