Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin isn’t worried about team’s lack of shooters due to injuries for the upcoming Olympic Qualification Tournament arriving next month. Philippines team is chased by injuries to many major players ever since the country started playing for international series in 1990 lead by PBA players. Tab believes it a reality of any professional sports and he is now planning to bring back the concept of original training when the team was created as “Gilas Pilipinas”.
“It happens every single year. Hardly ever in my career have I gone into any season or campaign with a fully healthy team. It’s part and parcel of being in sports, professional sports, and there’s nothing we can do about it,”.
Tab’s reputation is legendary and has worked hard to bring the team to international stage; however he is also dealing with various health issues to upcoming players for the team he is calling to fight in FIBA Olympics Qualifying Tournament in May 5-10 at the Pasay in MOA Arena.
Three major players Greg Slaughter, Paul Lee and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser are off the battle due to injuries while Jeff Chan, Rayan Reyes and Marcio Lassiter who play gunner are still recovering from health concern around a month now before they go for Rio Olympics. All these issues is not stopping Baldwin, he says Gilas will move on. Tab is taking all steps to benefit the team from his experience as much as possible.
Still, it is interesting to see other shooters like Ray Parks and Calvin Abueva are making their mark from long range, also not to forget playmakers Terrence Romeo and Jayson Castro will be great for the team’s performance.
Gilas will battle with France on July 5 before they take on New Zealand on the next day. They need to gain at least one victory to grab a seat in crossover Final Four.