SEA Games: Coach Tim doesn’t want Gilas to be an “All-Star team”
Paul Lintag on Nov 04, 2019 08:57 PM
“We need to be better than an all-star team. And frankly, all-star teams are not very good. We need to be a good team.“ — coach Tim Cone. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Gilas Pilipinas is a loaded team from top to bottom, that’s pretty obvious.
But in the buildup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, it’s important for Gilas Pilipinas to play like an actual national team more than just a collection of all-stars.
Gilas got a glimpse Monday by playing the ABL’s San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas. The national team barely escaped, taking a close 98-95 victory.
“We were pretty and at times, we were really ugly. But the team we played is really talented. They are really good. I'm shocked at how good they are. Renaldo Balkman didn't even play. They're a very good team,” head coach Tim Cone said after playing Alab.
“Our challenge at this point is to make sure we're not an all-star team. We don't wanna play like an all-star team,” he added.
Gilas’ current set up certainly looks like that of an all-star team.
But with a gold medal on the line in the SEA Games, a tournament that’s been dominated by the country for the longest time, Gilas is making do of what it has to make sure its ready to win a title.
Playing and getting challenged by quality team like Alab is a step in the right direction.
“That's what all-star teams are. You bring a bunch of guys, they have limited practice, they go out and they play. We wanna get beyond that. That's one of the things we talked about before the game: we don't wanna be an all-star team. We need to be better than that,” Coach Tim said.
“We need to be better than an all-star team. And frankly, all-star teams are not very good. We need to be a good team. Whether we can do that in the short window that we have is gonna be our biggest challenge,” he added.
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