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Yeng Guiao believes homegrown Filipino coaches can hold ground in international play

by Reynald Magallon, May 13, 2020 2:01pm

Former Gilas Pilipinas bench tactician Yeng Guiao believes homegrown coaches have the capability to stand their ground when it comes to the international competitions.

Speaking in the Hoops Coaches International Webinar, Guiao said tapping a homegrown national team coach will be viable for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas who are now looking for a long-term head coach who will only focus in Gilas up until the 2023 World Cup.

"I think to me that’s really viable. I think we can stand up with the best coaches in the world," said Guiao who guided the country back to the world stage in the 2019 World Cup.

He and the team, however, failed to deliver to everyone's expectations and ended up winless in the tournament prompting Guiao to resign from the position.

Guiao admitted that Filipino coaches still need to improve coaching skills to be consistent in the international stage and referring to how European teams run their systems would be beneficial according to Guiao.

"Of course, we still need to upgrade our skills. We still need to immerse ourselves. As I’ve said, before playing the best European or the best teams. I think the best basketball right now is in Europe," said Guiao.

Guiao has long believed that the 'Mecca' of basketball right now is in Europe, and having the Filipino dribblers adapt to the European play would make Gilas better.

"If you watch the Euro League , it’s basically FIBA basketball. The rules are FIBA basketball , even the layout of the court , even the layout of the benches. It’s a 40-minute game. The rules are applied," explained Guiao.

"The timeouts are the FIBA rules, it’s not like in the PBA or the NBA where you can call timeouts on deadballs. Six fouls. Even the pacing of the players, you pace them for 40-minutes, you don’t pace them for 48 minutes which we do in the PBA. Even the concepts, the styles. Euro basketball is FIBA basketball," added the fiery mentor.

Guiao cited that reason as to why 11 in the top 15 countries in the FIBA ranking came from Europe.

"They designed it that way that’s why the most successful teams in FIBA are the European teams. Parang minonopolize na nila kaya even the Americans are having a hard time. Not unless of course if you put in the best American talents. Even then those European teams, they’re going to give them a run for their money just because the FIBA has designed world basketball to be Euro equals FIBA basketball, it’s not NBA basketball," he added.

Having the PBA patterned to the Euroleague will also have the national team players fully accustomed to the FIBA competitons, according to Guiao.

"Everybody is making the adjustment. If you come from professional leagues, not attuned to a FIBA game, you are adjusting. But the European teams are not adjusting. They’re just playing their natural games."

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